The Modern Man's Guide to Sneaker Style
Photographer Mike Rosenthal shopped the high-end collections to bring your fashion kicks up-to-date.
If any question remained about the current Fashion Sneaker Moment, all you have to point to is the runway at Chanel. Featured prominently in countless menswear collections including Balmain and Givenchy, stylish kicks are ubiquitous, lending edge and attitude to every look and sartorial sensibility.
To help you cultivate the increasingly important sneaker wardrobe, we turned to photographer and sneaker aficionado Mike Rosenthal. "I wear sneakers almost every day," says Rosenthal, who spends those days shooting celebrities such as Charlize Theron and Robert DeNiro, along with Q's videos and fitness gifs. "I have dressy pairs and casual pairs, I have some that are less form and more function for hard work days, but I always try to find something with a bit of personality" (case in point; his favorite pair of red leather Alexander McQueen high tops). Rosenthal sifted through the newest offerings from MR PORTER to walk us through his favorite sneaks of the season.
Valentino Studded Leather Slip-Ons
"These are fun! Love the tone-on-tone, and they’re an easy way to make a simple outfit look cool." ($995)
Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Low Tops
"These are a staple of mine. They’re classy and classic. Super clean, easy to pair with anything, from casual to a suit." ($410)
Lanvin Patent-Leather Sneakers
"I love the simplicity, but done to perfection. And who doesn’t like nice patent leather? The color is understated but elegant." ($760)
Lanvin Suede and Patent-Leather Sneakers
"More perfect Lanvin; the black and white is a classic that can go with anything." ($495)
ACNE Studios Adrian Nubuck and Suede Low Tops
"I love this pop of color. It can be worked in with other blues, light/white looks, or even give a pop to all black. So cool." ($370)
Dolce& Gabbana Leather Low Tops
"I like the simplicity of these too—they're not too showy and very clean. Black and white always works." ($425)
Balmain Leather High Tops
"These are just plain awesome. Strong but simple, can go with a lot of different looks, and can turn the most simple look on its head." ($1,090)