5 Amazing Kicks That Perfectly Offset At The Office.

Trends, for the most part, are fickle stupidity that most often is the product of 2 sources. Their origins are either engineered (in no small part) by a combination of corporate agenda budgets, or sprung upon us via a super obscure Tumblr tween, and the irony factor catapults them into seasonal limelight. You see, whether its an agenda or an accident, the outcome is mostly similar. They drop, they’re hot, the look or item is everywhere for a season, often embodying an era (think brands like Ed Hardy and SMET circa 2007) and then, the trend collapses into parody from the weight of it’s own exposure.

 

Hope y’all enjoyed that trip back to the era defined by that asshat Mike “The Situation”. He was a great cat, really. 

Having said all of that, some trends are excellent, and they have cultural legs and standing power, transcendent of a season. This is one of them. I call it the “Office Attire Offset”.

We can blame this trend on a few elements, from my view. ESPN’s “Sportscenter” hosts have been killing it in the kicks with formal wear (or semi-formal) thing for a minute now. TV shows like Showtime’s “Billions” feature charismatic lead characters in the cut throat hedge fund world crushing this same steze, curtsey of Puma, Asics, Adidas, Ellesse and of course, Nike. Maybe it stems from the throngs of superstar athletes who have turned post game interviews into Milan runways.

Sometimes there’s not one inventor. Sometimes it just works. This is one of those times.

Here’s 5 Amazing Kicks To Offset the formal, and be the toast of the watercooler.

 

1.  Asics Mexico Delegation:

These fresh low top “Blanco Y Crema” kicks are subtly killer. They don’t scream for attention because the greats don’t need to. They embody classic, and purr “I know I’m on it.” It’s that “rich-ass-business-man-who-knows fashion” look but doesn’t have to dress loud to prove it. Pairs well with anything because of the clean top and gum sole.

 

2. Puma X Daily Paper Match Straps

If there was a way to be both equally refined and raucous, these Puma Mint Straps mastered it. They walk a fine line quite intelligently, and that highly unique shade that was once only reserved for Immodium has grown up. These would go super hard with any dark navy bottom- either denim or dress.

 

3. Android Homme Runyan Runner:

Android Homme is the Cali based house and label from trend-setting creative Javier Laval that as been turning heads since it’s inception in 08. If you took the overall aura and character of streetwear and fast forwarded into futurism, that’s where Homme lives. The Runyan Runners are the embodiment of the brand. They can be worn like your Yeezus himself, complete with 80s Metal band tops and Rick Owen jackets, or worn like you just finished an NBA game and decided to rock them with a vest and bowtie combo for your interview. There are no borders in the future.

 

4. Adidas (Red) Haven

Somewhere in the past 24 months, looking casual and understated became a thing. Nothing physically fabricates this ideology better than these Adikicks that are instantly synonymous with indoor soccer in the late 80s. These Gazzie’s are reminiscent of another classic kick of the same era, Copa Mundial Indoor, and can literally suit anything. This shade of red is muted enough that you can rock them as non matching flair, and still come across smoother than compound butter on a steak.

 

5. Ellesse El Napoli

These Ellesee El Nap’s are in the same vein as the previously ranked Adidas Haven. They’re vintage, understated, and classic- and because of that, offer a multitude of function. They’re the only all black kick in the Top 5, and that says a lot. Rock the hell out of them with cuffed director slacks, shorts, or capris with a classic well tailored button down. Ellesse is back big time, even though they look like they never left.

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Joey A.X is a recording artist, producer, and creative entrepreneur who hails from New Haven CT who has always had an eye for fashion and culture and art. He joins The Set as the voice for "Wander". He digs vintage black leather jackets, crude humor, thin crust pizza, speakeasys, film noir, Liverpool Football Club, and doing hood rat stuff with his friends.

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