The Best New Sneakers for the Athletic Man
Five pairs that will carry you to the finish line—and beyond.
This week’s sneakers will have you hitting the ground running. The reliably classic Nike has two pairs on the list—more or less revamps of iconic sneakers, but with innovative detailing to boot. Adidas, never to be outdone, is also featured twice, with a stylish, everyday shoe and a comfortable, supportive, breathable running shoe that will get you from now all the way to Labor Day (which, let’s face it, is light years away in terms of the fashion calendar). Finally, Brandblack—the hip brand started in 2014 by footwear legend David Raysse—makes a debut on the list with an unprecedentedly modern shoe that is sure to turn some heads. And while you’re stocking up on summer gear, be sure to check out the 25 best new swimsuits for men.
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon White + Ash
$150; buy now at Nike
The Nike Air Zoom Spiridon is back with a very cool white and ash colorway that’s sure to send this hyper-versatile sneaker flying off the shelves. The innovative design has always been loved by runners, but it’s the everyday comfort that separates this sneaker from your standard running shoe. Nike’s emphasis on responsive cushioning—replete with new no-sew overlays—lends this shoe the upgraded look sneakerheads everywhere have been craving.
Nike Air Max Plus Silver
$150; buy now at Nike
In 1998, Nike cemented the Air Max Plus as a cultural icon in the world of sneakers. Now, almost two decades later, the seminal sneaker has returned, with a design that pays homage to the Air Max 97, to celebrate that shoe’s 20th anniversary. The lightweight comfort from the Max Air cushioning is present as it’s always been, but the enhanced design makes this Nike classic one of the premier new releases on the market. Covered in metallic silver with slight red accents, these kicks impress in every aspect.
Adidas Wings + Horns Campus Shoes
$150; buy now at Adidas
Since 2004, Wings + Horns has gained recognition for their contemporary, sophisticated designs and careful approach to detail. This season, the brand is collaborating with Adidas Originals to recreate the classic “Campus” shoes; they’ll be crafted in water -esistant leather with hand-stitched detailing. These are some of the most stylish sneakers you’ll see from any sportswear brand, making them the perfect pair of kicks for any setting. Men of any age should put on their running shoes and sprint to the store to pick these babies up when they make their debut next week.
Adidas Iniki Runner Shoes
$120; buy now at Adidas
Adidas returns with a shoe inspired by their old-school ’70s runners. “Iniki” is a Hawaiian word, meaning “to punch or rip.” And boy, do these kicks pack a punch. Suede overlays on the toe and heel, plus a stretch-mesh upper and shiny mesh tongue, make for a nice look. Hidden sock construction allows for easy slip-on comfort and the familiar Adidas boost energizes every step. Available in three very sleek colorways fit for the sunny weather, the Iniki Runners are the ideal springtime running shoes.
$90; buy now at Brandblack
New to this week’s list is an entry from Brandblack: the GAMA. This exciting new model features a very advanced look, with a sleek, modern silhouette, a one-piece tubular knit upper, and a premium leather heel wrap. A trendy elastic strap along the mid-foot makes for a relaxed fit and offers plenty of support. Rounding out this unique shoe is an novel, intricate kind of lacing system and a full length foam sole that will keep your feet nice and cozy. And with the price coming it at under a hundred bucks, these stylish shoes are a steal in every sense. Don’t worry—we won’t report you.
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