Hoka One One Bondi ReviewThe Hoka One One Bondi 7 features a robust midsole worth dissecting. The EVA foam midsole is soft without feeling overly gummy, though it does noticeably compress with every step. A beveled heel creates a subtle high point where the heel strikes the ground, which both adds to the cushioned feel and angles the foot forward.
Converse Chuck Taylors ReviewContrary to popular belief, white Chuck Taylors look cooler when they are worn and a bit dirty. It’s a grungy, 90s moment that has turned into a fashionably relevant icon. The OG skate shoe even sells a “dirty wash” version of these at a higher price among their custom selection, but we recommend getting there on your own, but we understand if you prefer keeping them clean.
Timberland Classic 6-Inch Boot ReviewThe Timberland boot never wanted to be an icon. A humble, deeply practical work shoe designed for the labourers of New England, the Original Yellow Boot was built to outlast all its competitors and, crucially, keep its owners’ feet warm and dry during the snow-addled East Coast winters. It did that through a combination of thick-cut nubuck leather, 39 separate parts, a revolutionary welted sole and a lengthy 80-step construction process. But then the nineties came along, and a hip-hop movement obsessed with larger-than-life garments and high-cut statement shoes dragged the Timberland boot from the worksite to the streets. And then the word was out.
Vans Checkerboard ReviewNothing beats a classic, and Vans’ Checkerboard Slip-On is definitely one. Such a simple black and white pattern has had the world falling in love with shoes and helped push Vans into greater heights in the retail industry. It may not be the most exciting pair in the world, but it continues to have relevance to fashion and pop culture to this day. Even in 2020, Vans’ Checkerboard Slip-On remains to be a symbol for youth and fun, and that won’t be changing for a long time.
ASICS Gel-Contend 4 ReviewReliable, comfortable, and affordable, the ASICS Gel-Contend running shoe is a fantastic all-around shoe for fitness walkers or those seeking a comfy everyday shoe. ASICS shoes are known for their comfort, and the Gel-Contend is no exception to that rule. Its AmpliFoam midsole is designed to provide superior flexibility and comfort, while the rearfoot GEL cushioning system allows for exceptional shock absorption. Additionally, the shoe’s ortholite sock liner offers more support and comfort as well as moisture management for walking in warm weather. It’s available in many classic and fun color options and widths, as well as men’s and women’s models.