Add an unexpected splash of color to your casual wear with the Sperry Neon Top-Sider ($100). Available in four colorways, these authentic original 2-eyed boat shoes feature either a leather or suede upper paired with a bright neon sole to give a pop of color to the otherwise staid proceedings. Coming exclusively to Barney's locations November 19.
We've seen some high tops in our day, but this is ridiculous. Under Armour Charge Basketball Shoes ($130) feature a two piece upper that's designed to articulate around your ankle, locking down the fit — it essentially acts as an ankle brace — while enabling greater flexibility. Other features include breathable HeatGear materials that wick away sweat, Micro G cushioning for comfort, and an integrated sockliner. Available in blue/silver, black/blue, grey/yellow, and red.
Walking in the city can be rough — so outfit yourself properly with these Cole Haan Waterproof & Reflective Wingtips ($280-$330). Available in Cooper Square and LunarGrand styles, the waterproof versions are seam sealed to keep water out, while the reflective versions feature panels of light-refracting material in between smooth leather. No matter which you choose, you can count on a subtle grey colorway accented with striking splashes of pink.
This year saw LeBron win his first NBA championship, so it only makes sense that his followup sneaker boasts a number of firsts as well. The Nike Lebron X ($270) is the company's first signature shoe to offer Nike+ Basketball support, which lets you track in-game activity via your iPhone, and is the first Nike shoe ever with a full-length visible Nike Zoom unit. Modeled after a diamond, the shoe also offers Hyperfuse construction for a one-piece upper, Flywire technology for a secure fit, and a lightweight feel. Available in three colorways.
Like it or not, winter is coming, and in many places that means cold days, bad weather, and heavy coats. It also means it's time to don some appropriate footwear, like The North Face Back-To-Berkeley Boot ($100-$110). A mix of classic styling and new-age materials, the Back-To-Berkeley features a ballistic mesh upper, a waterproof suede mudguard PrimaLoft Eco insulation, HydroSeal waterproofing, and a TNF Winter Grip outsole for excellent traction no matter what's covering the ground.
We're not sure you'd actually want to go hunting in them — boots seem somehow more appropriate — but should you want to, these New Balance x Ball and Buck 574 Sneakers ($150) have you covered. The result of a collaboration between the two pro-USA companies, the sneakers feature New Balance's typical grey upper accented with Ball and Buck's signature camo in 10oz duck cloth, and finished off with blaze orange on the heel tab and footbed. An extra bonus for early adopters: the first 176 pairs will come in a vintage 50 caliber ammo can with a hand-stamped numbered brass plate. [Scouted by Rob]
Nike's taking it's Free philosophy to the next level with the Nike Free Inneva Woven ($TBA). This unique, limited-quantity kick features an intricate, 360º hand-woven system that interconnects laces with nylon webbing to wrap precisely around your foot. Other features include a dynamic lacing system, a paint splatter-style pattern on the midsole and outsole, and, of course, all the legendary comfort of a normal Nike Free.
Don't let their relative plain exteriors fool you — the new line of Vans LXVI Footwear ($70-$125) is the company's most advanced ever. Created without the limitations of traditional construction methods, the new line was designed for the future, and includes the Graph — the lightest Vans shoe ever — the Stat high-top, the mid-top Secant, the low Inscribe, and the boot-like Module. Nearly all of them feature new, more naturally-moving WaffleFlex outsoles, UltraCush Lite cushioning, and plenty of style.
Make your feet happy without wrapping them in garish colors with Nike Air Solstice Premium NSW Sneakers ($140). Inspired by classic Nike runners like the Tailwind, Vortex, and Safari, these subdued sneaks feature a suede and leather upper with a perforated toe and swoosh, a henna ankle collar, a hidden Air sole, NSW detailing on the tongue and back, a vintage-looking aged midsole, and a rubber grip outsole. Available in non-flashy black or grey colorways.
Purveyors of notable bags, cases, and wallets Hard Graft are expanding their business downward. To your feet. The new line of Hard Graft Footwear (£300; roughly $475) features three cunning styles in natural or dark finishes, they're handmade in Italy and boast vegetable tanned leather uppers, soft calf leather lining, leather, wood, and rubber soles, and the company's signature wool accent with red and white ribbon on the back. Great for upscale casual events, or just everyday wear.
Transition from work to play with ease in the Clae Hamilton Shoe ($135). This easy-going, everyday wearer features a tall, mocassin-like leather top, tonal stitching, metal eyelets, soft collar lining details, and a sport rubber outsole that helps the Hamilton achieve a rare balance of casual style and elegance.
Put off by some of Nike's more, ahem, interesting designs? Then the Nike Roshe Run ($70) should be more your speed. Sporting only two tastefully-chosen colors, this simple running shoe offers a full mesh upper and breathable mesh lining, a full-length Phylon midsole for comfort, and a waffle pattern outsole crafted from EVA foam for impact absorption, traction, and durability.