Jay-Z may have a personal interest in the success of the Clyde – he’s been the creative director of Puma’s basketball division since 2018 – but that doesn’t take away from the retro beauty of the shoe, a throwback to a time when hoops like Walt Frazier actually wore street-ready sneakers on hardwood. It says a lot when a man (or, er … a businessman) of Hov’s caliber actively chooses to make a very affordable sneaker a staple of his style, so to be on the safe side, you should probably do the same.
The new balance 997h
Timothée Chalamet has earned his status as one of the most daring sartorialists on the Tinseltown red carpet by wearing a range of wild designer costumes, but his resting style is much more subdued. Comfort is a priority, but not at the expense of personal style. Step into the New Balance 997h, a lesser-known silhouette that the Boston-based sneaker brand introduced in the ’90s. Timo can pair it with a Prada windbreaker or Gucci sweatpants, but the accessible silhouette of the sneaker and its happy mix of colors will help to spice up your summer outfit, even if it is ordinary.
The Adidas Stan Smith
What more can we say about the Stan Smith that hasn’t been stale ad nauseam on message boards and reddit forums since Adidas ramped up production of the style in the mid-2010s? Certified design gods like Phoebe Philo and Raf Simons worship them, as do style-conscious celebrities like David Beckham, a formidable cohort of co-signers if ever there is one. Chances are you’ve owned a pair at least once in your life, but if it’s been a while since you’ve enjoyed their infallible versatility, summer is a great time to recharge your batteries.