Spring’s here! And with spring comes a whole new wardrobe, color palette, and generally just higher spirits.
Although I’m not usually a sneaker guy (sure, I’ve dabbled with classic Jack Purcell’s and Vans in the past), this week I busted out my most recent shoe purchase: a pair of New Balance 574s.
New Balance was founded in 1906 as the “New Balance Arch Support Company.” The founder, William Riley, observed chickens in his backyard, noticing their perfect balance, and was inspired to develop a shoe that utilized three support points (similar to a chickens foot), claiming the technology provided more balance and comfort. Well, he got something right as wearing my 574s feels like I have pillows strapped to my feet, which makes a huge difference when you walk a few miles every day getting around the city.
Here are three examples of how I’ve been working them into my rotation.
1. Prep Set
If you’re wary about pairing comfortable trainers with a more refined casual look, New Balances are a great place to start.
They’re sporty and comfortable, while still having a nice shape. They’re made from fabrics and colors that don’t scream”strictly gym shoes.” My pair, for example, are crafted from cool green suede and blue/grey chambray mesh.
I love these nantucket reds. They’re a New England staple, originating at Murray’s Toggery in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
I’ve owned these pants since high school, but haven’t worn them in awhile due to their baggier cut (something I used to prefer). After a quick trip to The Tailoring Room they’ve instantly gone from an afterthought in the back of my closet to my new favorite pair of pants for Spring.
Don’t forget to “shop” your own closet! Why spend money on new pieces when you can affordably update the ones you already have?
- Yankees cap by New Era
- Mac jacket by Uniqlo
- Blue chambray shirt by J.Crew
- Grey think stripe tie by J. Crew
- Red chinos by J. Crew
- Green New Balance 574s