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There’s no better time of year to refresh your footwear collection than fall. Of course, you could make a case for spring, when you’re coming off three months of boot-wearing and eager to brighten things up as quickly and aggressively as possible. But the great thing about fall is that it invites you to introduce textures – suede, of course, but also anything that adds depth to your shoes. And when it comes to colors, there’s more room for experimentation than you might think. Below, we identify 12 pairs of men’s casual shoes that we think would be wise to consider this fall.
Adidas Continental Vulc Shoes
In my early 40s, I picked up a pair of white Continentals, and they’ve been some of my most worn shoes ever since. But I think this rendition in green suede would be a sensible update for fall.
Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage Shoes
Honestly no idea if these are somehow fall appropriate besides being awesome, but man, are they ever.
Veja V-10 Mesh Basketball Shoe
Fall is the perfect time to rock a gum sole, and we particularly love this pair from Veja, each pair of which, it should be noted, is made with three plastic bottles. Probably other things too. But certainly plastic bottles.
Nike Killshot 2 Leather Shoe
We’ve joked a lot over the years that the Nike Killshot has become the most capital-B Basic men’s shoe, but there’s something almost awe-inspiring about the fact that they’ve leaned so heavily into this base. that they now make the shoe in what is essentially a Pumpkin Spice Latte colorway.
Vans Sk8-Hi Pro Shoe
Time to put away your slip-ons and classics and turn your attention to the venerable Vans Sk8-Hi Pro, done here in seasonal beige suede with navy highlights.
Converse Chuck 70 low shoe
You don’t really need us to sell you low-top Chuck Taylor shoes, do you? And you don’t need to be told that brown is, like, the three best fall colors, do you? I did not mean it.
Salomon Speedcross 5 Shoe
For those long days on the trail, exploring a new city or even – wait for it – apple picking, the Salomon Speedcross 5 will keep you comfortable and supported.
Diadora Trident shoe in suede
Maybe you’re looking for a high-end men’s shoe to get through the fall, and maybe you’re just not confident in your ability to pull off a New Balance 990 without looking like a man of 80 years old. Enter the Diadora Trident, which performs similarly but has far less luggage.
Corridor NYC Recess Runner
The New York Corridor entered the shoe game earlier this year with this rich and warm casual number that we think echoes the Puma Classic and New Balance 574 well, but without any overt branding.
Everlane The Eternal Shoe
Staying true to the brand’s minimalist ethos, Everlane created this simple, low-top men’s canvas shoe with just enough heft that we think would work perfectly for fall.
Shoe Karhu ChampionAir
The Karhu ChampionAir looks, in the best possible way, like something Richard would have worn Silicon Valley. Khaki pants and hoodie sold separately.
New Balance 997 in Incense with Tidepool
Of course, Todd Snyder and New Balance have teamed up to create the perfect men’s shoe. Nice beige suede, a felted gray heel counter, plus a few pops of color in case you want to reminisce about spring.
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