The days are drawing in and the mercury is plummeting, which means it’s time to reluctantly pack away your suede-toed sneakers and knitted retro runners in favor of something a little more robust. But embracing the changing seasons doesn’t have to mean resorting to sneakerboots or, well, actual boots. Here are five pairs of sneakers that will get you through fall in style.
5 ACE FALL SNEAKERS
By Nic Hayman, October 10, 2017
Reebok Workout Ripple
Usually reserved for the Classic Leather, Reebok's ripple sole is a hallmark of the bold styling that ran through the brand’s line up in the 2000s. After being put to bed for a bit, that sawtooth sole unit has made a welcome return on the Workout in a move so natural we’re wondering why it never happened way back when. The toughened-up gum bottoms are the perfect modification to give this silhouette a bit more bite in colder temps.
PRO-Keds Royal Lo
Consider the PROs instead of the Cons (see what we did there?) this fall for an alternative take on American heritage athletic footwear. Sporting a similar vulc sole construction to the ubiquitous Converse Chuck Taylor, PRO-Keds offer a familiar aesthetic but with a few subtle differences that make it a lesser-known champion. The striped toecap, exaggerated sidewall supports and signature red and navy Powerstripes are the details that’ll give your sneaker rotation the W in the new season.
adidas Originals BW Avenue
Having manufactured lightweight footwear for the German military throughout the '70s, adidas reissued their BW Army silhouette earlier this year as a one-to-one remake of the original. Now, as the seasons change, they’ve borrowed the beefier sole of the Campus to give some added winter resistance to its luxe, minimalist looks. This lovechild — the BW Avenue — is the ideal solution to wearing white sneakers in inclement conditions.
Vans Sk8-Hi Gum
Wheat, toffee, flax — whatever color you call it, workboot styling on sneakers has been a cold-weather staple for a hot second now, and Vans is the latest to offer up its icons in all-over fall tones. Our pick of the "Vansbuck" pack is the Sk8-Hi, whose ankle-cut height was originally meant for protection from wayward skateboards but doubles as excellent splash proofing.
This asymmetric oddity returned — with a little help from Kith mastermind Ronnie Fieg — from deep in the ASICS archive this time last year, and has gone from strength to strength since. The GEL-Mai’s wild lines and unconventional looks are sure to inject some intrigue all year round, but the icy-white tones and gum outsole on this latest color-up are perfect for crisp October days.