Shoes, it’s said, make the man. That old adage is often thrown out in making a case for keeping your cap-toes polished but, these days, men of all stripes are increasingly sporting sneakers. Respectability is no longer reserved for oxfords and derbies; even the most distinguished guys are trading formal footwear for rubber-soled ease. The options abound—from collectible Air Jordans to minimalist Common Projects to luxe designs by the likes of Hermès and Loro Piana—which begs the question: What sneakers are you? With that in mind, we asked six stylish dudes about the pair that they reach for on the regular.
Michael Apa, D.D.S., Dentist, Apa Aesthetic
Brunello Cucinelli Calfskin Sneakers
“For me, when it comes to sneakers, the most important thing is that they look elegant, because I’m wearing them with nicer clothes, trying to not look like I’m wearing sneakers. I love Brunello’s calfskin sneakers—the leather’s super soft; you can see that it looks rich. They have these natural brown-rubber soles, and they’re low-cut to the ankle, so you can pair them with a suit. I also have huge feet—size 13—and these make my feet look a little smaller, whereas others can make me look like a clown.”
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James Gardner, Restaurateur and founder, Grupo Gitano
Nike Free Run
“Sneakers are definitely part of my daily uniform, and the most comfortable go-to that I just replenish and replenish and replenish is the Nike Flyknit running sneaker. It’s not in your face, it’s not a trend statement, but it’s still chic. I like things that feel comfortable and are elegant but not necessarily a statement. The Flyknits in black, they just sort of fade away. If I’m going to a meeting, I’ll change into a