While I - not unlike 99% of the internet equipped #menswear circlejerk - have always appreciated the stylistic leanings of Public School NYC the brand has always existed on my radar for purely inspirational purposes. Their use of leather, tonally darker shades of color and ‘fashion conscious’ fits have combined to make them a brand that would look suitably wasted upon someone like me. Throw in Australia’s unbearably moist air temperatures, and what you have is a recipe for “exhibit (a): expectation, exhibit (b): reality”. That is, except for these here Public School
Jordans sorry, I mean hi-tops, these are pulling me from the realm of ‘inspirational’ into that of fiscal recklessness.
I should note that I’ve never really been a sneaker guy, and that the closest thing I own to dope kicks is a pair of OG Stan Smiths in the navy/white colorway, nothing special.
In my mind, the color proportions on this sneaker are close to perfect, and the use of waxed laces + ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) soles provides a distinctive look reminiscent of the patina you’d more readily associate with bespoke shoemakers.
Truly the downsides of buying these are what we’ve come to expect from proportionate luxury sneaker makers (say ‘hello’ Common Projects): namely, the amount of maintenance you’ll need to do on these coupled with a staggering $490 USD cost of admission.
Assuming you’re crazy you can cop these from Kith NYC, but do tag me in your Instagram struggle-cop pictures so I can live vicariously through you.
Available at Kith NYC