Combining classic footwear designs with top-quality materials and current style touches, Greats Sneakers ($60-$100) deliver shoes that look as timeless as they do modern. Launching with two models — The Wilson and The Royale — they'll soon add a range of shoes in line with their design ethos. The Wilson is an updated take on the classic canvas low top, made from cotton, leather, and vulcanized rubber (available in navy, red, and white). The Royale looks like a retro tennis shoe, and features deerskin and calfskin leather throughout (available in chocolate, grey, and black).
One of the worst things to happen in the life of a sneakerhead is the first major scuff on a new pair of shoes. Jason Markk Sneaker Quick Wipes ($11) help you avert the crisis of smudged shoes, preserving their freshness for another day. They have two sides, with two textures for versatile cleaning — one side has blue abrasive dots for removing difficult stains, while the softer side is better for everyday care. These durable wipes come in packs of twelve, and one or two can easily slip into a pocket for emergency shoe care.
If you're looking for the comfort and freedom of running barefoot, with the support of a running shoe, the Nike Free Flyknit ($160) is for you. It combines two comfortable running technologies — Flyknit and Free — into one shoe. The Nike Flyknit upper has a loosely-woven stretchy top that's as comfortable and flexible as a sock, and a more densely-woven base that hugs your feet securely. The Nike Free midsole provides just the right amount of cushioning, while bendable grooves in the arch help maintain a more natural stride.
No matter how nice of a pair of boots you buy, it only takes a few wet days trudging through the mud to make them look like crap. Get your boots ready for rainy weather, and keep them looking good for years with a can of Red Wing Boot Oil ($20). Made from an all-natural mix of pine pitch and mink oil, it prevents boots from cracking and drying, lengthens their life, and helps them repel water. It'll even restore good looks to that pair of boots you've abandoned in your closet for years.