Series 3 Episode 1 of the British sci-fi anthology series, Black Mirror is set in an alternative reality where people can rate one another using their phones, and where your ratings can impact your entire life. The people living in this reality are obsessed with being well received. They end up all wearing the same pastel colors, as to not draw too much negative attention to themselves. So what does this have to do with our Men’s sneaker guide summer 2017?
Back Mirror examines the dark and satirical themes that examine modern society. Upon browsing sneaker stores, checking out sneakerfreaker.com and nicekicks.com it seems sneaker designers have tossed neon aesthetics aside for delicate, soft-hued colors. Perhaps with all the uncertainty in the world and the vile conversations about world events on social media, we prefer for our outfits and our sneakers to be subtle and not too confrontational?
Summer is a time to let your hair down, have some fun with friends, hit up some music festivals and make some solid memories that will last your through the winter. So here are 10 men’s sneakers that are light, airy, nostalgic and not too confrontational you can wear all summer long.
 WOOD WOOD ASICS GEL DS TRAINER OG ‘MOON ROCK‘
We fell in love with these the moment they were announced. Asics has proven to be comfortable while not destroying your back and knees. Hers a skier you can train in but also chill around town in. The perfect sneaker to grab some beers with some friends with at the local brewery all summer long.
 REEBOK PHASE 1 PRO THOF
Need a sneaker you can do everything in? We think this might be the one. From running errands, to hitting the beach, to wearing to the local homemade ice cream shop. Here is a sneaker that probably looks better as it ages. Just check out your dads pair from the 70s.
 AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG “SAIL”
For those high top lovers who refuse to wear anything but, here is your Summer shoe. Dress it up or dress it down, you’re sure to remain cool all summer long.
 KARHU FUSHION 2.0 (WHITE / GOLDENROD)
Don’t get us wrong, we love color and Karhu shows us how to infuse the perfect amount of color in your summer kicks.
 NIKE AIR ZOOM EPIC LUX (LIGHT BONE/LIGHT BONE – LINEN)
We are seeing a lot of multi-fabric and mute-materials in shoes these days. Why not carry that trend over for your summer kicks? These are clean, fresh and the swoosh is subtle enough for us.
 ADIDAS YEEZY POWERPHASE “CALABASAS”
Sure Kanye West is involved in this project. And yes Caabasas = Kardashian. But look past all of that and remember what it felt like like putting on your first pair of sneakers (that probably looked a lot like these).
 ADIDAS STAN SMITH
We love ever reiteration of the Stan Smith from Raf Simons to adding best technology but there is something about the OG that brings us back to a simpler time.
 BLACK THOUGHT X CLEAR WEATHER JONES C (ROOTS PICNIC)
For those who might not be “sneakerheads” but enjoy a fashionable pair during the summer, these are for you. You get the nostalgic feel of the Stan Smith with an updated sole.
 Reebok NPC II
The go to would be the Reebok Club C 85. However, we are feeling these a bit more. These kicks are sturdy and have the ability to morph into trainers should the opportunity present itself – and often during the summer it does.
 OFF WHITE NIKE AIR
Though these are still technically a “rumor” we cannot wait to spend the entire summer trying to cop a pair of these. From the mixed media construction to the all out nostalgia we have for the original Nike Airs these bad boys are at the top of our list or Fall 2017.