The foul weather can’t last forever, and soon enough shoes will seem party poopers on the festival of sunshine that will no doubt befall our shores. As everyone knows, with trainers, it’s all about the toe. Shape is everything. Casual footwear has to be adaptable, has to live with whatever you throw at it outfit-wise – they’re a kind of cloaking device for the foot, invisible when you need them to be, eye-catching when they have to be. It takes a keen eye to sort through the hot rash of sneakers that creep into the stores every season, and Gentry have selected some of the most attractive trainers currently around, suitable for a number of occassions.
Paul Smith Rabbit
We’ve seen this style copied over and over again through the years, but Paul Smith’s Rabbit definitely takes the cake with their fun little twist on the sneaker classic. The shoe features the clean white and retro colour combo we all know and love, brogue style perforations on the toe, and a green sole with rabbit shaped treads. The perfect summer trainer that looks good fresh from the box.
The classic basketball shoe from the late-60’s (more commonly known as “Shelltops”), a new 35th Anniversary series offers a themed selection ranging from Cities (London, NYC, Buenos Aries, Boston) to Music (Run DMC, Ian Brown, Rock-a-fella) to Expression (Warhol, Lee Quinones, Captain Tsubasa). A neat fit, righteously loud, perfectly pitched: a great concept trainer.
Y-3 Honja LO Trainer
Sparse but elegant, the Y3 Honja low white trainer with canvas toe front is clinically executed. The trademark 3 stripes are perforated, giving the trainer its distinctive edge. Adaptable from smart to casual, subtle and sleek, the Honja LO seems designed to resemble more classic, formal footwear. Somewhere between a wingtip and a tennis trainer, it’s a shoe you can wear in the glare of daylight or the easy glow of barlight.
Converse All-Star Euro High
Somewhat a victim of their own success sneaker-wise, Converse struggle to define themselves beyond the baseball indie-creepers. However, the All-Star Euro High is a bold, semi-cartoonish shoe/boot that works in tandem with both skinny jeans and more casual fitting trousers. With a somewhat militaristic aspect, these patent leather trainers are versatile and more rugged than many of the alternatives, ageing like an old couch to appear vintage, looking it’s best for next summer.
Pro-Keds Royal Low Basics
Introduced as a Keds product in about 1926 called the “Royal Tread” and launched with PRO-Keds in 1949, this is a genuine original worn by basketball star George Mikan of the 5 time champion Minneapolis Lakers in the early 50’s. Features canvas upper for great comfort and durability, lightly padded footbed for extra comfort and a loose-lined construction. The signature red and navy stripes on the outside wrap sole and natural rubber outsole provides excellent traction and period style.
Heyday Winger Slip-On
A new take on the classic wingtip design featuring a nubuck and smooth leather upper with a canvas collar and lining, the Winger Slip-on includes Heyday’s signature setback raw edges that take on character as the shoe is worn, contrasting triple stitching and a herringbone tread rubber outsole. If Italian Futurists had designed trainers, this would be them. Simple but wholly different.
Supra NS – Skytop Slim and Trinity
Supra go from strength to strength with their ultra stylish skate shoes that could easily double as the shoe you need to rock to that hipster shindig or old school wedding. With two new designs as part of Supra’s NS line the Skytop Slim and Trinity feature plenty of premium leathers, perforated panels, snake and crock skin with just enough patent for your daily intake. A cool glance forward for the slacker shoe.
Let us know some of your picks for 2008 in the comments section.