Hip Kicks

New Ways to Indulge Your Sneaker Craze

The appetite for high-end sneakers has been growing for more than a decade, so check out the latest ways to sate your fondness for cool footwear.


While fashion is unpredictable, one thing is for sure: Great sneakers are not going anywhere anytime soon. The appetite for hip, high-end sneaks ignited by Common Projects—the must-have brand founded by designers Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami in 2004—has continued and expanded unabated for more than a decade, and other designers have jumped in with plenty of alternatives, ensuring that guys have a shoe solution for almost every type of look. But the price tag to replace them frequently can definitely add up. Here are some affordable alternatives that do not skimp on style and offer total versatility. Whether it’s the performance of the waterproof UGG Brock Sneakers, Cole Haan’s weightless Grand Pro tennis sneaker, Saturdays Surf suede sneaker that will surely age beautifully—all will fit comfortably into your fall wardrobe without emptying your wallet.

Cole Haan GrandPrø Tennis Sneakers ($130, colehaan.com)

Lightest sneakers ever with Grand.ØS technology, less than 10 ounces.

Jacket by H&M (hm.com)

Sweatshirt & pants by Michael Kors (mrporter.com)

Hat by Paul Smith (mrporter.com)

Tretorn NYLITE4 Plus sneakers ($80, tretorn.com)Sneakers with best comfort technology, EcoOrtholite insole provides superior cushioning, moisture management. Your absolute on-the-go sneakers. Wear them on your weekends away.Hoodie by Earnest Sewn (earnestsewn.com) Shirt by A.P.C. (apc.fr)Pants by Carhartt WIP (carhartt-wip.com)

UGG Brock Sneakers ($130, ugg.com)

Fully waterproof sneakers, perfect on a rainy day and still looking stylish. Pair with a rain-ready jacket

Jacket by Stutterheim (stutterheim.com)

T-shirt by Deveaux New York (deveauxnewyork.com)

Pants by Won Hundred (wonhundred.com)

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Umbrella by Victorinox (swissarmy.com)

Saturdays NYC Mike Suede Sneakers ($185, saturdaysnyc.com)Best affordable suede sneakers, age beautifully. Incorporate them with office attire.Sweater by Deveaux New York (deveauxnewyork.com)

Pants by Vince (vince.com)

K-Swiss Court Classico Sneakers ($120, kswiss.com)

Perfect everyday sneakers, whether it’s going from the city streets to client meetings. Wear with a chic suit.Suit by Slate & Stone (slateandstoneclothing.com)T-shirt by Vince (vince.com)

Photos by: HAYATOStyled by: Mitsu TsuchiyaHair: Takuya YamaguchiGrooming: Sena Murahashi