We've already showed you where to get custom boardshorts and custom flip-flops for this Summer, and now we'll take another shoreline essential — a good pair of slip-ons. Vans Custom Slip-ons ($50) offer a ton of different configuration possibilities with eight customizable options, all while keeping things low-key with their laid-back styling.
We all buy jeans that are already broken-in, so why don't we do the same with sneakers? Converse's Rummage All Stars ($50) come slightly tweaked with that worn-in look that would take you weeks to achieve — but without the stank or the digging through Goodwill bins.
When it comes to style, simple is always better than complex and gaudy. These lightweight canvas sneakers ($50), designed back in the day by world champion badminton player Jack Purcell, are most definitely simple and easy on the eye. With their signature blue "smile" on the toe and light blue rubber sole, they're the perfect match for a pair of khakis this spring. The latest version has been updated with a ½ inch thick comfort insole, lightly padded tongue and upper sockliner. Think of them this way: compared to the classic Chuck Taylor All-Stars, the Purcells are less street punk and more preppy dad.
Converse’s Chuck Taylors have been associated with “cool” since their debut in 1917, when they were known simply as the All Star — the Chuck Taylor on the ankle patch wasn’t added until 1923. The latest version to catch our eyes is the Camo All Star ($45). The classic cotton canvas uppers and rubber soles keep your feet comfy, while the camo print keeps you looking great — whether you wear them with jeans or cargos.
Let's face it, fancy futuristic running shoes look like crap with jeans. Unless you're about to take a 3-mile run, stay with a pair of classics. The Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 by Asics ($65) mix a subtle retro design (they debuted in 1981) with a modern color scheme. We already had them in olive green, but we couldn't help ourself but to pick up this color too. They're lightweight, super durable, and look great with denim and any black shirt.