Menswear for Mules: The best white sneakers

Our current favorite take on the white sneaker is the Replica from the Paris based Belgian designer Maison Margiela. The Replica is from one of the leading avant-garde labels and captures everything we look for in a white shoe. The design is simple but instantly recognizable. The simple shoe was originally produced in post-war West Germany as an army trainer. With the end of the Cold War, a surplus of German army trainers were available, and Margiela seized the moment, scooping them up and putting his own label on them. The beauty of the Replica is that it ages so well. As the suede becomes worn and the leather wrinkles, each  pair develops its own unique character. Jamenard Exavier ‘22, co-founder of Den Boys Merchandise which produces t-shirts from the depths of the Williams first floor quad, speaks on the Replica saying, “That’s [expletive] tuff.”

According to Aidan, the Adidas Superstar, the one with the shell toe, has seen its time come and go once again. For us, less is more, and the three stripes is too much. According to fashion enthusiast, roommate extraordinaire, and co-founder of Den Boys Merchandise, Trevor Hideo Yamada, “The Superstar will never achieve the same level of glory as it did when Run D.M.C.’s hit song ‘My Adidas’ was being bumped through oversized boomboxes.” Although the Superstar blazed the trail for the way fashion and rap interact today, it’s time for the Superstar to go back into your closet next to your boombox.

However, if you do desire a white sneaker with a logo we highly recommend the Nike Cortez. The Cortez is a simple shoe steeped in history. The shoe was birthed during the 1972 Summer Olympics and was Nike’s first shoe designed for the track. The shoe found its way into our hearts whilst being worn by Forrest Gump as he traversed across the continental United States four times in these zapatos. Please do not buy the flyknit version. Consider this campus a “no fly(knit) zone.”

Being skaterbois who prefer function over form, we desire a shoe that can take a beating and is affordable. Although the Margiela ages well, its cost makes us unwilling to rock for an impromptu skate club meeting behind the observatory. We currently wear the all-white Adidas Busenitz pro model and the timeless Vans Slip-On as seen on the feet of the Ridgemont High School alumnus Jeff Spicoli. While the Vans Slip-On speaks for itself, the Busenitz takes its upper from the Copa Mundial soccer cleat worn by both Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane. Both blessed and cursed with wide feet, the ample soles of both these shoes provide the platform we need unlike the wide-feet-shaming sole of the Cortez. The holes in our uppers tell stories of slams and successes, friendship and freedom

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