When thinking of canvas sneakers, the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star or its low-top brother Ox will probably first strike your mind. However, as these classic kicks have definitely stood the test of time and fading fads and fashion, they definitely don’t need any further coverage in this Buyer’s Guide.
But don’t get me wrong here. There is nothing wrong with good old Chuck and Ox. We only consider it a given that most of you guys are already out there rocking this timeless piece of fashion history. In case you are perfectly happy with your choice there is no need to read any further. If you, however, are looking for an equally fashionable alternative, check out our suggestions after the jump.
Nigel Cabourn – Army Plimsole
Master of British vintage fashion Nigel Cabourn gave these Plimsoles a military makeover. As with all Cabourn products, these sneakers are made in the UK of high-grade rubber and rugged cotton canvas. Get them now at End Clothing.
Sperry Top-Sider – Bahama 2 Eye Canvas
Best known and appreciated for its legendary deck shoes, Sperry Top-Sider has been around since the 1930s offering classic yet laid-back footwear silhouettes for the serious sailing enthusiast. The above canvas deck shoes are now available at Oi Polloi.
YMC – Lace Up Shoe Paisley
Paisley is definitely up for a comeback, no doubt about that. The folks over at YMC have already acknowledged this fact and treated their latest sneaker creation with the distinct Indian pattern. You can cop a pair now at SOTO.
Superga – 2750 Cotu Classic
Founded in Torino, Italy in 1911 Superga surely knows two or three things about casual canvas sneakers. Pair the ones shown above with some neat linen pants to add a serious dose of “Sprezzatura” to your summer outfit. You can purchase them over at MENLOOK.
Keds x Opening Ceremony – Anchor Jersey Shoes
Vans – Era CA Brushed Twill
What list of low tops would be complete without mentioning the Vans Era? The classic skate sneaker returns this season in a colorful blue and red brushed twill rendition topped off with sturdy leather laces. Get them now from Goodhood.
WTAPS – Canvas Sneakers
Converse – Jack Purcell Ox DE
Instead of going for the obvious choice, which would have been the Converse All Star Ox, we opted for its more refined yet still casual cousin Jack Purcell crafted from a beautiful blue denim fabric. You can score a pair now at hanon.
SHOES LIKE POTTERY – Low Top Canvas Shoe
Boasting a clean canvas upper, subtle midsole detailing, and a contrasting blue outer sole, these made in Japan sneakers by SHOES LIKE POTTERY are a perfect exhibition of Asian minimalism. Using only high-grade materials, the sole is vulcanized in a special process called “ka-ryu,” resulting in a soft and flexible yet durable rubber sole. You can cop a pair now at Steven Alan.
adidas Originals Blue – Match Play
Made famous by American tennis ace Arthur Ashe in the 1970s, adidas Originals re-released the classic Match Play silhouette for this spring/summer season and treated it with an eye-catching all-over pattern. Get it now at Bodega.