1 Piece/3 Ways: New Balance Sneakers
March 29th, 2013
Spring’s here! And with spring comes a whole new wardrobe, color palette, and generally just higher spirits.
Although I’m not usually a sneaker guy (sure, I’ve dabbled with classic Jack Purcell’s and Vans in the past), this week I busted out my most recent shoe purchase: a pair of New Balance 574s.
New Balance was founded in 1906 as the “New Balance Arch Support Company.” The founder, William Riley, observed chickens in his backyard, noticing their perfect balance, and was inspired to develop a shoe that utilized three support points (similar to a chickens foot), claiming the technology provided more balance and comfort. Well, he got something right as wearing my 574s feels like I have pillows strapped to my feet, which makes a huge difference when you walk a few miles every day getting around the city.
Here are three examples of how I’ve been working them into my rotation.
1. Prep Set
If you’re wary about pairing comfortable trainers with a more refined casual look, New Balances are a great place to start.
They’re sporty and comfortable, while still having a nice shape. They’re made from fabrics and colors that don’t scream”strictly gym shoes.” My pair, for example, are crafted from cool green suede and blue/grey chambray mesh.
I love these nantucket reds. They’re a New England staple, originating at Murray’s Toggery in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
I’ve owned these pants since high school, but haven’t worn them in awhile due to their baggier cut (something I used to prefer). After a quick trip to The Tailoring Room they’ve instantly gone from an afterthought in the back of my closet to my new favorite pair of pants for Spring.
Don’t forget to “shop” your own closet! Why spend money on new pieces when you can affordably update the ones you already have?
2. Nice & Easy
For casual occasions, I find a simple and comfortable approach works best.
This is a muted look, so the shoes add a nice contrast and bring life to the outfit.
I love this chunky cardigan. It’s a great layering piece for spring/summer nights.
Breton Stripes are a staple of spring fashion, and will always be relevant.
3. Comfy Commute
The average New Yorker walks a few miles every day.
When possible, I try to avoid wearing leather soled lace-ups and loafers if I’m going to be bouncing around a lot, both for comfort and for the lifespan of my expensive shoes.
Sneakers with a suit can be a fun look… Get creative by matching subtle details, like the hints of green in the tie, pocket square and bracelet.
If needed, I can always throw a more formal pair of shoes into bag, along with my laptop, phone charger, gym clothes, mini dopp kit, snacks, etc.
- Khaki cotton suit trousers by J. Crew
- Khaki cotton suit jacket by J. Crew
- Madras tie by Ralph Lauren
- Light blue poplin shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Green New Balance 574s
- Leather duffle by Floto
Thanks for reading.
Photography by Alex Crawford.