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 Vans Authentic is my spring/summer shoe. It’s simple, classic design allows it to be worn with anything and more importantly it allows me to feel younger than I am, without looking like a total poser.
I’m a traditionalist and always purchase the Navy or Off-White, but these Black Chambray versions on Steven Alan caught my eye. While still classic, it takes the Authentic to a whole new level and expands their wearing occasion. The only thing better than black chambray would be grey, or true indigo. For only $52.00 they are a worth a try.