As temperatures warm up and the last bit of salt disappears from the pavement, you probably thought once (or twice) about spring fashion. Your favorite stores just showcased the latest pieces in their windows and you began shoving your winter jackets back into their respective storage bins.
A few trendy sneakers hit the streets and all your favorite basic bxtches sport footwear that can be pronounced dead to any avid consumer in the industry.
How #basic are your shoes? If you find yourself with one of these in your closet, we at least share what to trade them for a sleeker silhouette.
Basic: Adidas Superstars (& Stan Smiths)
Walk down any sidewalk and you are almost guaranteed to see a girl in this popular style. I expected streets to flood with the black and white Superstar once Urban Outfitters started selling it. Almost every shoe store in the mall (Finish Line, Footlocker, Champs, etc.) carries at least one version of the footwear. It’s a struggle for any sneakerhead who sees these on the streets because:
- Yes, it’s a timeless classic that helped Adidas rebuild one of its top sellers.
- They’re versatile as fxck. With it’s hint of color, low price tag and low cut, the Superstar can be worn with nearly any outfit.
Between the classic black stripes versus the highly sought out Stan Smith green color way, it’s best to not add these to your collection since the public diffused its beauty. Imagine wearing the same dress as someone else on the subway…not cool.
Trade: Raf Simons x Adidas
Sure, they sneaker comes with a price tag, but it’s well worth the cost and actually don’t match the equivalent of a normally priced designer shoe. Instead of stripes, the classic “R” replaces the brand and the gums of the sneaker carries the Adidas branding. The company release several color ways ranging from metallic tones to a girly “Ash Pink.” With similar compositions, this style will surely break a neck or two down the streets.
Basic: Nike Presto
The sneaker copped a bit of attention upon its announcement, but eventually fell into its rightful spot. Any decent shoe store will sell at least one rendition of the Presto. The most popular color is the Island Blue with a clean white exterior. While it appears like any normal sneaker, it gives it reason for how it’s #basic. Nike even tried to beef it up with a different kind of sizing ranging from XXXS (Men’s 6-7) to an XXXL (Men’s 14-15). Sadly, sizing is something that shouldn’t be touched, especially with nine options. A consumer will struggle between sizing down or sizing up when deciding between an XS and a S. There’s nothing particularly special about the technology behind this shoe; it’s simply there to please anyone who doesn’t know too much about the industry.
Trade: Adidas Ultra Boost
Some describe this sneaker as the most comfortable of its time. Did Adidas initiate a marketing ploy? No. In reality, a Complex writer reported how outstanding the shoe felt on his feet. With / without Kanye’s help, the three-striped company defeated its competitors with the new technology. Sadly, you have to fish about $50 more in comparison to the price tag on a Nike Presto, but hey, do you want to feel like you’re walking on clouds?
Basic: Adidas Originals NMD Mesh
When Adidas dropped the first version of this beautiful shoe, it started with the NMD XXX. Sneakerheads didn’t quite understand the fascination with the style, but somehow it gained popularity. Yet Adidas went bit too far and released this in a shitty mesh form at now-bankrupt Pacsun and several other distributors. When I received an up-close view of this sneaker, I felt disappointment since it came in a mainstream mesh and the button looked somewhat like they were glued on to the side of the shoe. What a bummer.
Trade: Adidas Originals NMD Knit
Funny how a mainstream shoe doesn’t come close to its greatness in Flyknit power. The comfort of the knit material surrounding your ankle adds to the contemporary appeal. The buttons match to the the sneaker’s color and blends with its component, unlike the random array on the other not-as-technological footwear. While these can often be sought out as the more difficult sneaker to get in comparison to the widely release mesh, it’s worth the extra bread.
If you’re still trying to find the next Roshe One/Run, then I suggest you re-read this post all over again. You’re way behind the times, bro.