This lightweight sneaker was originally designed for distance-running legend Alberto Salazar and made its debut in the 1982 New York Marathon. J.Crew's design team reworked the proportions, giving it a new look with a higher ankle but keeping signature features like the waffle rubber outsole.
Opening the Sneaker Vault
No disrespect to today's shoe designers—we are, after all, living in the golden age of sneakers—but it's the retro styles, vintage-inspired designs and limited-edition re-issues that get sneakerheads and style savvy dudes excited these days. Herewith, the latest lineup.
Club Monaco's head of men's design, Aaron Levine, resurrected one of his favorite shoes of all time—Saucony's Jazz Low Pro, originally introduced in 1981. "I remember wearing them when I was younger and loving the design and feel," says Levine. Drawing on inspiration found at the brand's archives in Pennsylvania, he reworked them in sharp perforated suede and added a unique speckled rubber sole.
New Balance 90s
A new addition to the brand's popular Heritage line, this running shoe design from the mid-1990s was refreshed with premium suede and laces but retains the original silhouette and ENCAP technology.