9 Pairs Of Shoes To Buy Your Grown-Up Sneakerhead For The Holidays
It all started last winter when I picked up these canvas slip-ons by do-gooder brand Tom’s. In no time these $55 dollar shoes became my everyday drivers. They are comfortable, versatile, and look awesome with faded jeans and a white t-shirt or even joggers and a sweater.
That one purchase created a wardrobe feedback loop for 2023 — the idea of trying to dial things up by dialing things back. In all, sense of style took a hard turn away from retro-Jordan drops and toward a notably less athletic kit. While my distaste for dad shoes remains securely intact, my taste in footwear veered retro-modern runners.
With that in mind, here are nine pairs that fit this dialed back (we’re not going to say more refined, but maybe more grown-up?) taste. If you know a dad who’s a sneaker enthusiast in your life, there’s something here.
The Goldilocks Pair Of New Balances
Aime Leon Dore X 996 “White”
The Most Money Pair Of Sneakers You’ll Own
Above The Clouds X ASICS GT-2160
Go Ahead And Embrace The Pink
New Balance 580s
Trainers That Have More Fun
Awake NY X Gel-NYC
Salomon Goes All In On Pastel
Lorzenz.OG’s Salomon ACS+
Even Skate Shoes Are Going Pink
Adidas Aloha Super Shoes
Taking The Classics To The Cleaners
Adidas Samba Shoes
Funky, Chunky, One-Of-A-Kind New Balances
New Balance Bodega – Age of Discovery
The Year’s Best Jordan Collab
Jordan 5 X A Ma Maniere
Alex French is a contributing editor for Fatherly and has been a journalist and editor for decades with work in Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Grantland, Wired, and many others. He’s also the co-author of Sneakers, which will tell you pretty much everything you need to know on the subject.