It goes without saying that the office dress code at FN does not extend to footwear – the only rule regarding shoes is there are no rules. On any given day, the editorial team can be found in a variety of styles ranging from stilettos to over-the-knee boots, mules or mandals.
But one thing we can all agree on is the importance of great sneakers come summer. From dashing to meetings to the daily commute and our respective athletic pursuits (which, for some of us, concern window-shopping in Soho or backyard BBQs versus strenuous cardio), it’s fair to say that even with the countless options at our disposal, we each have our very own habit-forming favorite and beloved fallback.
Here, my fellow editors and I share our current MVPs (most valuable pairs) and why.
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“The classic style is versatile and great for long walks in New York City, Central Park days, or shopping trips. The brand always offers playful patterns and prints that pair perfectly with denim,” – Kristen Henning, market editor
“I’m not exactly the athletic type, but I do need a good walking shoe for running around and market appointments. I love Gourmet’s athleisure-style sneakers, because they’re comfy but still have cool design details. My Netto pair is white, green and purple, with a mesh side panel. Guaranteed nobody will mistake them for Nikes.” – Christian Allaire, assistant editor, high-end men’s
“Both my dance cardio workouts at Body by Simone and boxing classes at Gotham Gym involve a lot of jumping around. I’ve tired other brands, but the forefront support of Newton trainers are simply the best, saving me from shin splints or calf cramps. I call them a cult favorite – if only they looked a little cooler. Alas, the color combos are so wrong, they’re (almost) right.” – Mosha Lundström Halbert, fashion director
“For most of this spring and heading into summer I’ve been wearing New Balance 574s. Without socks, they make outfits look smart but allow me to be really comfortable when going to barbecues or around the pool with my kids.” – Neil Weilheimer, executive editor
“It’s a clean, classic silhouette that can be dressed up or down. I’ll wear them to parties, walking the boardwalk at the beach or to an outdoor casual restaurant, in jeans or shorts.” – Peter Verry, athletic editor
“The Asics Gel Kayano 21 has been my go-to running shoe for years, and I’ve logged a lot of miles on the streets of Brooklyn in them — not to mention four halfs and a marathon. This summer it’s all about the crazy bright colors. So people can see that flash of neon as you fly past them.” – Jennie Bell, features editor.
“I live in these – all year round if I’m being honest. And not that I like to admit it, but they’ve never seen the inside of a gym. I just wear them for day-to-day running around. They are beyond comfortable and such a classic silhouette, you simply can’t go wrong. I customize mine just to add a point of difference, my standard is solid white with black logo and metallic gold heel patch.” – Anna-Lisa Yabsley, online managing editor.