The best men’s spring footwear should be bought well ahead of the season — right? Before you know it, it’ll be time to stow your stylish winter boots for some more warm weather-friendly gear. At least, we hope so. You can get ahead of the game with pre-orders from a brand like new Italian luxury footwear makers Gambino Alliance, and you can shop away right now, too.
Brands both expected and unexpected are giving menswear fans quite a lot to look forward to with the launch of early spring releases, from hybrid leather boots to crisp and classic sneakers and go-anywhere lace-ups — yes, these are picks to add to your spring style wish list early. Shop on.
Leave it to the makers of your favorite rugged leather boots to introduce a classic, simple sneaker at a nice price. This spring’s iteration of the Allister Lace-up nails style details that are just different enough — grey suede with textured side panels and a silhouette that’s not too bulky. Throw in the fact that you can wear these with everything from slim dark denim and a blazer to shorts and a tropical short-sleeve shirt, and you’re set.
If you need some kicks to pair with an essential closet must-have like a Taylor Stitch chambray shirt, we’ve found ‘em. The brand teamed up with SeaVees on a weather-ready set of kicks that’s versatile, tough and easily wearable with either rolled chinos or slim white denim. The British Ventile duck canvas upper is unexpected — and waterproof — and the navy colorway is a welcome change of pace.
Sydney Brown Low Sneaker [$210]
For sneakers that offer unique looks and a heck of a backstory, look no further than Sydney Brown. Simply put, these sneakers are luxurious, minimal and perfect for pairing with a blazer and slim chinos for high-low style. That the sneakers are the brand’s first foray into men’s footwear is a big bonus for those who love accessible luxury.
GREATS Royale Gum Pack [$180]
As seen at the top of the page, these might be some of the more underrated sneakers of the season. From clean and classic picks like the GREATS Rosen to the essential GREATS Wilson, it’s clear with this latest release that the Brooklyn-born sneaker brand consistently gets it right. The brand’s silhouettes aren’t fussy — they’re crisp, easily wearable and well-made — oh, and a great value on top of that. The latest addition to their lauded Royale collection, done up in spring-appropriate shades of nubuck leather with an eye-catching gum sole, is similarly stylish and essential.