These unfortunately-named (and most definitely not Xbox related) sneakers are the latest release in the Keds Century Collection. Inspired by the 1940's-era military, the Keds Call of Duty Sneakers ($55) are limited edition kicks that offer a canvas upper in three terrific colorways, along with leather binding and rawhide laces. If you like the style, but still can't get the idea out of your head that these are anything but mom shoes, just leather-fy your Vans.
Simple, clean, and certainly stylish, Keds Champion Sneakers ($50) are an affordable way to jazz up your summer wardrobe. Available in a variety of colorways and in fabrics including chambray, jersey, and canvas, these low-cut lace-ups sport a rubber outsole for a stable grip and not a lot else — which is pretty much the point.
It's finally summertime: time for grilling, vacations, random hookups (if you're still into that sort of thing), and flip flops. Unfortunately, it's not really possible to wear sandals 100% of the time, which is why there's Mocc Socks ($8). Created specifically for the low-slung shoes of summer, these comfy feet covers let you achieve the sockless look and avoid looking overly dorky by showing your socks, all without making all your shoes stink like the inside of a well worn, rarely washed jock strap.
Striking just the right balance of class and casual sensibility, the Cole, Rood & Haan Co. Hoofer Shoe ($330) is a damn-near perfect accompaniment for a dressy denim-based ensemble. Available in a reddish brown cognac or black, the Hoofer offers an oxford design wit medallion toe, a skeleton leather-lined upper, a Goodyear welt, antique brass heel tacks and eyelets, and hidden elasticized goring for going laceless — although as good as they look with the included light tan laces, we're not really sure why you'd want to. [Thanks, James]
Some things look great in mesh. Some things, like this guy, don't. Luckily, the Converse Chuck It Mesh Sneaker ($40) falls into the former category. Modeled after classic Chucks, these slip-on All Stars feature a mesh upper with lining at the toes, reinforced metal eyelets, and a textured sole. Socks definitely optional.