Finding a casual shoe that doesn't come off as sloppy is hard. Finding a comfortable casual shoe that doesn't come off as sloppy and seems of the moment has historically been a near impossibility. Fortunately, a SeaVees partnership with New York-based menswear designer-of-the-moment Todd Snyder has yielded the 08/61 Army Issue Low, a special edition of the classic brand's popular 06/01 Army Issue sneakers that features subtle fabrics and a summer-ready palette.
The shoe is full of details that showcase Snyder's expertise in form and SeaVees's expertise in function. The upper part of the sneaker comes in herringbone, hemp, or jersey, depending on the consumer's preferences, each of which makes for sturdy, lightweight wearing. The bamboo canvas lining the footbed contrasts well with the upper fabrics and gives the shoes a nice bounce. Orange soles add contrast that really pops, and a thick, stitched rim gets rid of any worries of the below-ankle cut feeling flimsy.
The low top, ribbed outlet, and flat eyelets conjure the classic California look SeaVees became famous for back before surf style became ubiquitous. This means the shoes are, in many ways, a product of both coasts. They have a California past and, it would seem, a New York future. [$125; toddsnyder.com]