For the past five or so summers, I have started the season off on a quest to find the perfect, simple, non-in-your face logo trainer. A trainer so versatile that allows me to wear it on the weekends and if I wanted to feel like a rebel, I could rock them with a sport jacket at the office or even better, with a suit when I am presenting to the board of directors. Each season I start this quest and end up having to chose from the normal cast of charters, the New Balance 574, the Converse Jack Purcell Signature, or the adidas Original Rod Laver. I am happy to say this season, even thought we are 3/4 of the way through it, I found a new brand and style to choose from.
The Victory Sportswear x Steven Alan Speed Shoe collaboration is the perfect mix of weekend and wear to work for my style. It has the design of a true athletic shoe but without all the loud, in your face logos you normally get with a shoe of this style. The solid and tonal colors of the upper, mixed with a replaceable outsole if it ever wears-out allows for the owner to make a statement without ‘making a statement’. Throw in the fact the trainers are hand-lasted & stitched right here in the US of A have made them my new ‘go to’ summer shoe.
They can be found on the Steven Alan website and at time posting, were on sale for $125.00 in colors navy, black, red and white.