In 2020, Go Ahead and Buy Yourself Some Normal-Ass Sneakers
The vicious cycle goes something like this: You see some super-hyped sneakers. Maybe they’re limited-edition. Maybe they’re a collab. Whatever the case, life will not be complete until you get those shoes. After dealing with a lot of hassle or spending a lot of money (or both—probably both), you buy them, wear ’em a few times, spot a new pair out in the world, and the process starts all over again.
Good news: You can break out of this death spiral. It’s easy. Just grab a pair of clean, low-key sneakers and walk away. They could be anything from $80 Adidas Gazelles to $400 Common Projects Original Achilles. No matter the price, the best ones are comfortable enough to run a 40-yard dash in but sharp enough to rock with a suit on the red carpet. As for the sneakerhead arms race? You won’t miss it in the slightest. Sometimes the best trend to follow is not following any trends at all.
Dellow Suede Tan by Stepney Workers Club, stepneyworkersclub.com
A simple shape means you have room to play around with color—like this rich tan, which takes the sometimes-boring color into "holy shit, those look great" territory.
Nebula Y Sneaker by Geox, geox.com
Or go for a brick red, in a shoe that looks old-school but is actually imbued with tech that makes it remarkably lightweight.
Gazelle Shoes by Adidas, adidas.com
Adidas Gazelles: it doesn't get much more classic. Snag a pair in anything from blue or pink to subdued standbys like black and white.
Chuck 70 Ox by Converse, zappos.com
The Chuck 70 is one of the best things that's ever happened to normal-ass-sneaker enthusiasts. It's got all the good looks of its predecessor, but so much more comfort.
Achilles Low by Common Projects, ssense.com
And if it's a little luxury you're after, you can't do much better than Common Projects, the OG of simple, high-end sneakers.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.