The Sneakers That Are Built to Last Just as Long as Your Dress Shoes
Sneakers aren't exactly timeless—but they can be. When you look at the last few years of men's fashion, that might not seem like the case. Some shoes are meant to impress your friends that week. Others last a little longer (or at least until the secondary market stabilizes and everyone can get their hands on a pair). But in general, if we're talking about hype, the shelf life is limited.
That's not necessarily a bad thing! Hype it up! But if you want a pair of sneakers that'll stand the test of time, Feit is where you should be looking. The brand makes shoes that are built with the same attention to detail and quality that you'd expect from a high-end pair of dress shoes. And the Latex Low is one you don't want to miss.
It's made by hand.
Feit makes sneakers with the same ethos old-school shoemakers bring to dress shoes. That means that the shoes are hand-sewn, and everything from the upper to the sole is given exactly as much attention as it deserves. It also means your sneakers are basically just as crafted and cared-about as your lace-up oxfords. If you care about quality—and care, and sustainability—you should care about that.
The sole is something you don't want to miss.
Latex is the core component of a good sneaker sole. And Feit doesn't mess around when it comes to components. The Latex Low lives up to its name, with a translucent outsole that's super-flexible, super-durable, and free of any synthetic ingredients. It's not the sort of material everyone would use—and that's exactly the point.
It's just plain cool.
The Latex Low is inspired by old-school kicks that were worn on the basketball court. It's unlikely you'd use your pair that way, but the aesthetic still has legs. If you're looking for a pair of shoes that can be worn with anything from a pair of jeans to a full-on suit, this is it. The low-profile, low-key look means that these sneakers work for pretty much any ensemble. And the fact that they'll last you for years and years? Well, just consider that a bonus.
Prop styling by Miako Katoh and photography by Allie Holloway
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.