At the moment in New York City it's wet and cold. But it's not too early to start considering getting a few new pairs of shoes for the warmer days ahead. Fresh footwear is one of the easiest ways to invigorate your wardrobe. On a practical note, replacing worn out soles is good for your feet and body. Here are our picks for 2018:
New Balance 574 Revamped
The 574 is THE classic New Balance running shoe that's adored for its timeless look and cushiony ride. This year, the company has tweaked its iconic shoe with a slimmer silhouette, a touch that modernizes it just enough. Go bold with the burgundy colorway. Available for $80 at NewBalance.com.
Office appropriate alternatives
Quoddy's blucher mocassin is a classic for a reason. Try a colored version to welcome in the season. Available for $295 at Quoddy.com.
Different. But not too different.
Another way to inject some color into your shoe game is choosing a variation on a classic. Everyone has the white Stan Smiths. Go for these grey suede versions, which happen to pair really well with navy chinos. Available for $109 at EndClothing.com.
Speaking of color and suede
We've recommended Tod's classic driving shoe in the past. Their take on the penny loafer comes in a rich blue suede that can liven up a more conservative outfit. You know what they say about blue suede shoes. Available for $495 at MrPorter.com.
Bring on the April showers
For those days when it's pouring but Sorels are overkill, we love having what amounts to a high-top boat shoe in our arsenal. Splash around and stay cool with these boots from Sperry. Available for $79.89 at Sperry.com.
The less-intense Chelsea boot
You don't have to be as cool as Mark Ronson to pull off a pair of Chelsea boots. These from Italian brand M. Gemi are perfect as "starter" Chelsea boots. Once you pull them on, get ready for the compliments. Available for $298 at MGemi.com.
For the gym only
In order to look and feel great wearing all of your Peter Manning clothes, invest in a pair of shoes that you will take your workout to the next level. Leave it to Nike to become the best in the trainer category. Their popular Metcon series has been embraced by those who take their workouts seriously. Just don't wear them outside of the gym! Available for $150 at Nike.com.
How about off-white?
The all-white sneaker isn't going anywhere, but have you considered going for an off-white or cream color variation? It's not as stark as a pure white and these Vans slip-ons won't break the bank. Give that French vanilla look a whirl. Available for $45 at Zappos.com.
Honey brown brightens up the day
Thursday Book Co. has been a favorite brand of our staff. Their Scout chukka in honey brown suede is perfect for the start of spring. Available for $149 at ThursdayBoots.com.