Classic and unassuming, the simple low-top sneaker is the footwear equivalent to a T-shirt. Easygoing and as comfortable as it is versatile, they'll pair with nearly everything in your wardrobe—from denim and chinos to crisp cotton suits and eventually your shorts. Which is why they're the ideal all-purpose footwear choice when the weather starts warming up. Of course, when it comes to choosing a pair, you can't go wrong with those perennial favorites which haven't changed in decades. But there are also a handful of new models worth trying out like Sawa's African-made leather and suede styles or direct-to-consumer upstarts like The Greats.
These Italian-made low-tops are the gold standard when it comes to simple sneakers, and this new style is cut from soft suede with athletic mesh panelling on the side.
Dust the shoes' insoles with some powder—anything from baking soda to baby powder, or specialty products from the likes of Gold Bond or Jack Black. Leave it in overnight and then dump out any excess before wearing them. The powder deodorizes the shoe and will keep future sweating to a minimum.
Keep 'Em Clean
If your kicks aren't getting dirty, then you're not having enough fun. But when your white shoes are looking less than fresh, here's how to brighten them up.