What happens when you deliberately set out to disrupt the sneaker industry — selling direct for a price-point that's significantly lower than the competition — without sacrificing style and quality? You get Greats Bab Shoes. These stylish kicks are a cross between a trainer and a chukka, with a high-frequency weld nylon mesh upper, a blown EVA sole, enamel-coated eyelets, a bungie cord heel pull, and a soft ultra suede footbed. With eight available colorways and the opportunity to save even more if you bundle multiple pairs, it's pretty much impossible to go wrong.
Innovation isn't a word that normally comes to mind when discussing traditional formal shoes — but the Cole Haan ZeroGrand No Stitch Oxford is out to change all that. Forgoing traditional stitching, these lightweight shoes feature welded seams, helping cut down on the overall number of components, and an EVA outsole, spine, and foot bed that help reduce weight — each shoe only weighs around 290 grams (based on an 8.5 size). The upper is made from polyurethane die cut sheet stock and polyester rip-stop textile, allowing it to stay rugged while providing a more modern look, and making it ideal for all-day wear, whether you're at the office, dinner, or the after party.
Roger Bannister was the first man to run a four-minute mile. But as far as we can tell, the Vivobarefoot Bannister Shoe wasn't named after him, as it's not really made for running. Instead, this casual sneaker — designed in England and made in Portugal — is meant to give you a barefoot-like feeling when you wear it, thanks to a hand-finished and -polished leather upper, leather foxing, a leather footbed, and a 4mm sole that offers natural foot motion without putting your tender toes in harm's way.