Men's Style

Modest Trainers vs. Flashy Kicks

It’s often claimed that you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. As many sneaker brands are increasingly making louder color schemes or giving customers the ability to design their own sneakers, footwear is becoming more expressive. But what about those introverts that prefer that their feet blend in instead of making waves? Don’t worry—there are still some sneakers just for them. Let’s take a look at some of most simple, stylish sneakers and their loud, flashy counterparts.

Modest Trainers

Saucony Jazz

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If you’re looking for a classic, minimalist sneaker, look no further. The stylish and low profile shoe can be worn for almost any day of the week. Rock ‘em at the gym then effortlessly transition to the streets. Saucony released the model in the 70’s and with a constant flow of new colorways, it looks like the Jazz could be around for another 40 years.

New Balance Sonic Welded 574

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New Balance has always been known for their simple, classic silhouette. This specific model however is even simpler than others. Instead of stitching or gluing the various materials, New Balance used a process called Sonic Welding. The process results in a highly breathable and extremely comfortable shoe that doesn’t lack durability. All of this, combined with the simple and effective color schemes, make the shoe an obvious choice.

Nike SB Janoski AC R5

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It’s time to take a trip back to your younger years. Would you rock Velcro shoes again? Nike SB’s incredibly successful Janoski has come in a slew of distracting patterns, but this simple model features heavy wool that’s perfect for the colder months. Hey, if Stefann Janoski can do this in them, you can at least walk to the bar.

Flashy Kicks

LeBron 11

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With as big of a splash LeBron James has made in the world, the man needs an appropriately flashy pro model. Nike unleased the LeBron 11 this fall and hasn’t dropped the rock yet with exclusive colorways. The sharp cuts on the silhouette are made five times as noticeable with flashy color schemes. What’s even more exciting is that these shoes are completely customizable via the Nike iD store. Check out other sites like Sneaker News for LeBron 11 releases and custom creations by sneakerheads around the world.

Reebok Insta Pump Fury 

Photo: EU Kicks

While these may look odd and futuristic, they’ve actually been around since the early 90’s. The notable runner opts out of laces in exchange for the C02 charged pump. The segmented sole design gives this sneaker a very recognizable silhouette. Through the years there have been many collaborations with designers that made the running shoe stand out to those with an eye for classic throwback kicks.

Jeremy Scott x Adidas Collaboration

Photos: Crazy Life of Jasmine

Famed designer Jeremy Scott teamed up with Adidas to release some….interesting interpretations of the Adidas Originals. The loud, clashing colors and unconventional designs will certainly attract the attention of anyone who glances down at your feet. But not all of Scott’s creativity was welcomed—he received backlash for these sneakers, which were interpreted by man as being racist.

So, whether you want your sneakers to scream and draw attention to your feet, or you just need something low-key and comfortable, there’s the right sneaker for everyone.