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.
There’s something comforting about a classic pair of kicks. Keds sneakers have been going through design revisions and updates since the early 1970s when they first started appearing on the feet of basketball’s greats. Forty years later, that heritage gets mixed with modern styling and you end up with the shoe you see here. The clean color scheme is great, but what really sets it apart are the contrast pops you get from the inside lining, the eyelets and the rawhide laces. They’re clean and comfortable enough to work all day with khakis, chinos or even white denim.
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.