Sneakers will never really be “out,” but they’re back “in” in a big way right now. Suits, #menswear, Americana, casual, formal, you can pretty much get away with wearing a quality pair of sneakers to any occasion (weddings and black tie generally excluded) and still get the GQ stamp of approval. If you’re looking for just such a pair of sneakers, say hello to the re-imagining of Adidas’ 1984 Centaur, the Consortium CNTR. Available in red, navy and gray, the CNTR is the perfect blend of mesh and suede heat-sealed together instead of stitched.
Adidas has no problem at all designing world-class athletic shoes. This new Climacool runner is a great example of their advances in ultra-lightweight and comfort engineering. With an all mesh upper it’s cool, with its AdiWear outsole it’s durable. But the name… Seduction? Really? Guys, are you feeling seduced by this shoe or are you supposed to seduce it? Actually, don’t answer that.