When it comes to style, what guy doesn't want the edge and boldness of an NBA player? Even if you don't play the game yourself, you can still upgrade your kicks with lifestyle shoes that have heavy basketball influences, like high-top cuts, straps, and even colorways inspired by some of the greats, like Michael Jordan.
These shoes don't have splashes of neon or bells and whistles that scream "I just stepped off the court." Instead, they have subtle nods to the sport in the form of exaggerated cuts, iconic silhouettes, and luxe materials—paired with elements from fall's hottest trends (think: suede).
The Jordan Westbrook 0.2 is Russell Westbrook's next installation in his signature line with Jordan. While the suede standout has a whisper of a traditional performance shoe's silhouette, it's wholly meant for everyday wear as a lifestyle kick. The black/sail/black (shown) isn't the only option; the shoe has a cream colorway with leather offsets and the defiant "Banned" colorway (red/black), which pays homage to when Michael Jordan broke the league’s shoe color rules and wore red and black kicks at the 1985 Slam Dunk Contest, per Yahoo! Sports. The NBA's policy at the time said all players had to not only wear shoes that matched their uniforms, but also the shoes their teammates wore; this then led to the “51 percent rule” where on-court shoes had to be 51 percent white and match with what the rest of the team was wearing—a rule that wasn't lifted until the late 2000s.
These clean, sharp basketball shoes from APL are a marvel to look at on and off the court. The majority of the Blade is made from a heathered knit that has a sock-like fit, feel, and flexibility. Sections are also ventilated for breathability. The lightweight overlays secure your feet, feeding directly into the shoe's laces; and the exaggerated lines of the shoe provide a full range of motion for your ankles, while still keeping lateral movements stable. Plus, the insole is tricked out with APL's Load 'N Launch technology designed to boost your vertical leap, so you can get some serious air. Sporty and stylish, this shoe is perfect for casual days and nights—and the occasional pickup game.
The Tubular X reinvents the vintage silhouette of traditional basketball shoes for a street-style look that's bold and undeniably cool. It's all in the details: The upper is a black-and-navy circular knit with textured suede overlays; a one-of-a-kind cut-out heel reveals the shoe's unique overlap of materials criss-crossing midfoot; and the outsole's tubular design (hence the shoe's name) gives you some color-blocking and a bit of height.
Nike's Sock Dart borrows the midfoot strap of past and current basketball shoes—a detail that's become synonymous with the sport—to provide style and function. As the name implies, this shoe feels and fits like a sock. The super-soft upper molds to your foot; it's made from a breathable, supple mesh that keeps you cool. And while the material is made to provide stability, the molded strap gives a more personalized fit that adjusts to your size and preference. Log some miles in style: there's plenty of cushioned foam underfoot and a durable rubber outsole.
Puma's unleashed a glossy new update on its iconic Clyde sneaker, named after renowned basketball legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier—the first basketball player to have a sneaker named after him. The polished collection is called the Clyde Wraith pack and features two colors: black and cordovan (think: maroon-ish). This new shoe is modeled off Frazier's love of flashy cars and fashion, so naturally the shoe is made from premium patent leather and has lustrous finishes. The lace tips even feature Walt Frazier’s first jersey number, 10, when he was playing for New York City.
With three colorways perfect for fall—chocolate truffle (shown), hedge green, and black—these mid-top shoes from Under Armour are the perfect complement to any outfit. Made from premium aniline leather (dyed so the natural grain and lines of the material come through) and a performance synthetic, the upper of the shoe bridges the gap between fashion and athleticwear. The plush foam midsole and rubber outsole, combined, make this a great everyday shoe.