Kicks & Coffee (9/22) – What To Wear For Your 8 A.M.
If you’re reading this, chances are you made the rookie mistake, signed up for 8 a.m. classes, and hate yourself already. A thousand snooze button presses, whatever can be grabbed and considered as breakfast, and that dreadful walk as you contemplate what made you say to yourself “I was in class at 8 a.m. in high school every day, I can do the same in college,” and you’re in that glorious 8 a.m. class you signed yourself up for.
That’s why myself and the good folks at The Demo Tape are going to help you out a bit this semester. Not by doing your remedial Algebra homework though, but by recommending what kicks you should invest in as you suffer through those long mornings of preparing for your 8 a.m.’s. Whether it be for comfort, accessibility, or looking good with those sweats you’re going to wear all week without washing (you just got uncomfortable because you did that last semester, all semester), here are my recommendations of what kicks you can get to aid you in the best way possible for those early morning classes.
adidas Ultra Boost (starting at $179.99)
Word around town is that this is the most comfortable sneaker on the market. Though the price tag may be hefty, with their variety of colors, comfort, and everyday wearability, you’re sure to get your money’s worth. There’s even an uncaged option as well if you’re not a fan of the side panels.
New Balance 990 ($164.99)
If you’re from the DMV, you know how crucial these are; in any color, in any weather, for any occasion. You can’t ever go wrong with these though, you’ll be set for the entire semester and beyond.
Nike Sock Dart ($130)
You woke up for your 8 a.m. and realized you didn’t have any socks? No worries, these Nike Sock Darts will take care of the problem (no, like you can seriously wear them without socks). It’s either hit or miss though in terms of appeal; most either love the design and the idea of not wearing socks, some would rather stick to something more conventional.
Any Nike Air Max
You just can’t go wrong here. Whether it be the latest Flyknit versions of the Air Max 1 or the classic 95s, 90s, or whatever year may be your favorite. The older models may not be as comfortable as some of the updated versions, like the Flyknits or the Ultra Moires, but a pair of Air Max is always a welcomed addition to any sneaker rotation.
Nike Roshe Two ($90)
You’re probably thinking “Roshes? Didn’t we stop wearing those, like, two years ago?” That may be true, but we didn’t stop wearing Roshe Twos years ago because they just came out. Redesigned with a sock-like upper, brand new sole, and more features, I think the Roshe Two can be a cheaper alternative to the higher-priced options on this list while still providing some decent comfort and a solid on-foot look.
adidas NMD – (starting at $119.99)
Unfortunately, hype has made these one of the least accessible items on this list. Matter of fact, I’ve only seen them sparingly in stores since adidas released the first colorway, but I see why. If you’re not a fan of the runner-orientated design of the Ultra Boost but still wanted to try out the boost technology, these area a great alternative if you can get your hands on a pair when they drop. My best advice to you if you like the design is to keep your eye on the Twitter accounts of adidas, Finish Line, etc. to see when pairs release and be ready to go when they do.
Asics Gel Lyte Vs ($110)
Any Asics Gel Lyte V can be inserted here. Asics is one of my favorite brands not just because of their asthetics, but the comfort and quality is always A1 as well. If you’re willing to try something new, try out a pair and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Sauconys – Grid 9000s, Shawdow 6000s, Shadow Originals, Grid SD (anything really)
The thing about Saucony is that there are so many models that there’s something for everybody. From Saucony colorways to collabs, I’m sure you’ll find something to suit your preferences.
Nike Air Presto (starting at $120)
Rappers should mimic their comebacks after the success of the Presto. A classic nike runner, the Presto has returned to welcoming arms. Being styled with uppers ranging from flyknit to woven, it even released as a ACRONYM x Nike Lab collaboration and sold out in a matter of minutes.