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Top 8 “No-Size-Required” Stylish Father’s Day Gift Guide

Even if you don’t know dad’s exact size right now, you can get him cool gifts for Father’s Day with this gifting hack!

Give dad something cool this Father’s Day without having to worry about getting sizes too small or too big. Be prepared to be his favorite; whether he’s a suit & tie type of guy, a passionate sneaker collector, or a golf pro, he’ll enjoy these top 8 Father’s Day gift picks!

1) Jack & Jones Bow Tie Set

2) Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide

3) Neiman Marcus Leather Card Case

4) Neiman Marcus Golf Case

5) Boss Ugos Leather Belt

6) Boss Cian Textured Brass Circular Cufflinks

7) Filson Twill & Tweed Original Briefcase

8) Baxter of California Silver Tip Shave Brush

Make sure you get these gifts fast; Father’s Day is already this Sunday the 15th! Are you proud of your dad’s menswear style? Which of the 8 gifts do you think fits his fashion habits the most? Let us know!

Wantering Editors

Love New Balance sneakers? You gotta see this.

There’s nothing wrong with having a favourite, go­-to brand for your different menswear gear. Case in point: your beloved New Balance sneakers (non-normcore, of course). We pulled some of the best brands from across the Internet to show you what your other options are. Our suggestion? Try something new, you might just fall in love with a new pair.

Here are 6 Similar Sneaker Brands You Need to Check Out:

1) New Balance M996BS sneaker is one of the brand’s classic sneakers which can be paired with slim or skinny jeans for a stylish look.

2) Saucony Jazz Original sneaker gives off a cool retro vibe. The brand doesn’t just create technical running shoes, they make casual kicks too!

3) Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 Sneakers has the brand’s iconic stripes along the side of the shoe. First introduced as a technical running shoe, Tiger took a retro­-inspired turn for this style.

4) Nike Air Waffle Sneakers has a similar sole to the New Balance’s and Nike’s giant swoosh across the side, so you don’t miss it.

5) ASICS GT­IITM Sneaker has a super cool two­-tone color mashup that we’re loving. It even has ASICS’ special gel cushioning technology to make sure your feet feel good!

6) Y­3 Vern Sneaker is the creme de la creme. Check this out in black with leather trim, plus some crazy scale-texture at the heel.

Don’t just sit and stare. Check these brands and sneakers out, and infuse some new sneaker aesthetics to your looks!

Want Tip: High Top Sneakers

Winter is both a joy and a challenge to dress for. Whether you’re a gent or a lady, there’s no better time than now to show off your layering skills and your showstopping statement coats. Unfortunately, it can get complicated to keep your feet warm and dry this season. Boots certainly fare well in cold, wet weather, but they’re not the most comfortable to wear, and not the easiest to walk in. This is where high top sneakers come in.

The Issue:

It’s always going to be choice between comfort and utility when choosing footwear for rain or snow. The most comfy shoes don’t usually prevent that gross stinky wet sock feeling (like those canvas-based, low cut flats and shoes). Meanwhile, boots for both men and women allow wearers to confidently strut on puddles and snow, but tend to be rigid and uncomfortable to walk in after a while. 

The Tip:

High top sneakers are a wonderful choice for winter weather adventures. If you’re not constrained by formal 9-to-5 workwear (if you are there will be a different Want Tip for you to come), try using high top sneakers with your OOTD. Often in mixes of rubber and softer, less rigid leather, these sneakers do a good job of repelling water. Because of their taller form, they keep feet warmer than low cut alternatives. Walk a lot? With sneakers’ rubber soles, they are better for absorbing impact and more forgiving for each power-step you take.

A key thing to pay attention to when looking at high top sneakers for wet weather wear is the space between the tongue of the sneaker and the upper area (where the lace eyelets are located). If there is too much space between the two when you tighten the laces, chances are water can seep inside the shoe. 

The Looks:

So how would you dress up this comfy, classically casual footwear for winter weather? Here are some high top sneaker style inspirations for guys and gals:

(photos from Pinterest)

The Gear:

Top 5 Men’s High Top Sneakers:

Saint Laurent Classic High Top Sneaker

Y-3 Held Hi-Top Trainer

Swear Olly 9 Hi-Top

Kenneth Cole Set the Speed Hi-Top Sneaker

Penguin Moby Hi-Top Sneaker


Top 5 Women’s High Top Sneakers:

Giuseppe Zanotti Design Textured Hi-Top Sneaker

Gianmarco Lorenzi Collector Studded Hi Top

Reebok Hi Splitz High Top Sneaker

MARC by Marc Jacobs Strappy Hi Top Wedge Sneakers

MICHAEL Michael Kors Studded Hi-Top Sneakers


Wantering makes shopping better. Now that you’re all read up on the underrated style, comfort, and function of high top sneakers, find exactly the pair you want, or enjoy discovering different designers and styles of high top sneakers with our fashion search engine!

Shoe Guide for Him

A breakdown of the best shoes for every occasion

It’s often said that shoes can make or break an outfit, and we couldn’t agree more. Even if your outfit is killer, the wrong shoes can crush your look in an instant. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a sneakerhead to ace your shoe game - invest in a few trusty styles and you’ll be prepared for any outing, no matter the weather or dress code.

Scroll down for the five shoe styles every guy needs, from lace-ups to slip-ons, and check out our complete shoe guide here.

The Dress Shoe: Pointer Laced Shoes

The Boot: Rag & Bone Archer Desert Boot

The Loafer: J.Crew Kenton Suede Penny Loafer

The Slip-On: Zara Camouflage Print Slip-Ons

The Sneaker: Clae Arthur Sneaker

Want Tip: Getting Dressy with Sneakers

Anytime you wear a full suit, or combo a blazer with jeans or casual trousers, the look is completed by a pair of nicely polished dress shoes. But what about for times when your feet just want to be walking in something more comfortable and casual? Go for a pair of sneakers, of course! Cardinal sin? We think not. You just have to know how to mix these casual kicks with more tailored looks. Read this Want Tip and learn.

The Issue:

Dress shoes are essential, yes. Loafers, oxfords, derbies, we love them. Undeniably though, there will be times when you want to walk on something more comfortable than the hardened soles of these classy shoes. For these occasions, don’t be afraid to wear sneakers with your tailored outfit. Just take care that you don’t end up looking like a cheesy 90’s / early 2000’s pop singer in baggy pants, a blazer, and low-cut sneakers… there’s a difference between looking nonchalantly stylish and just plain immature.

The Tip:

Before you get dressy with sneakers, keep these 4 tips in mind:

1. Consider the occasion
Sure you can wear sneakers with a blazer or full suit for certain events, but remember that this style pairing is the exception, not the norm. If you’re going to a formal occasion, important business meeting or function, or a wedding, stick with the classic dress shoes. On your days off, or if you work in a more casual, creative industry, then you can get away with the pairing.

2. Wear with slim-fit jeans or trousers
Tailored yet casual is the look you should be going for; so, stay away from baggy bottoms– in general, you shouldn’t even have baggy pants in your wardrobe. Wear pants that taper near or just where the tongue of the sneakers end. If the jeans or pants you’re wearing is creating horrible looking folds when it hits the sneakers, they are either too baggy, too long, or too big for you.

3. Make sure the kicks are clean
Just because you’re dressing down the outfit doesn’t mean you have permission to look like a slob. Make sure the sneakers you’ll be wearing with your sharp outfit are clean as well. You polish leather dress shoes, so make sure you clean the dirt and mud off your casual kicks as well. 

4. Classic and low-key sneakers work best
There’s a reason why most sneaker-suit pairing is with Chuck Taylors; classic shoes work well for this look! Low-key sneakers can be easily be paired as well. Go for shoes with slim forms, basic and neutral colors, and not too much patterns or designs. Say no to athletic shoes; leave the highly cushioned basketball shoe for the court. Avoid fat high-tops with thick collars and tongues, while a few brave fashionistos can pull off the pairing, not everyone can successfully look dapper with these chunkier sneakers. 

The Looks:

(photos from: 1/2/3/4)

The Gear:

Splurge: Maison Martin Margiela Leather Slip-On Sneakers
Save: Vans Slip-On 59

Splurge: Common Projects Achilles Low-Top Sneakers
Save: Adidas Originals Low-top

Splurge: Bally Olir Perforated Leather High-Top Sneaker
Save: Nike Black Blazer High VNTG Sneakers

Splurge: Kenzo Blue Leather Low Top Circuit Sneakers
Save: Converse Chuck Taylor Low

Have a better idea of using sneakers to dress down an otherwise super dressy outfit now? Put your new found menswear knowledge to the test, and pick out stylish men’s sneakers on Wantering to create a not-too-casual-not-too-dressy outfit for your next night out!

Cool Kicks

Sneakers for Fashion and Fitness

With sporty chic collections dominating the spring runways and athletic trends cropping up everywhere (normcore, anyone?), comfy casual dressing has taken on a whole new meaning. The explosion of relaxed style has a ton of benefits (like giving our just-rolled-out-of-bed look serious street cred), but what we’re most excited about is the fashion world’s acceptance of sneakers. From Karl Lagerfeld’s pimped-up versions on the Chanel Couture runway to Phoebe Philo’s ever-present Stan Smiths, sneakers have never been more on-trend.

Equally cool paired with jeans and a tee or your daily workout gear, trainers are endlessly versatile. With so many classic, minimal and funky kicks available right now, shopping for athletic shoes just became a lot more fun. Shop our 10 must-have sneakers below, and let us know which kicks you’ll be rocking.

1) Superga Cotu Classic Sneaker

2) Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Women’s Running Shoes

3) Nike Internationalist Sneaker

4) Nike Mid Vintage Liberty Sneaker

5) Nike Roshe Run Print Sneaker

6) Superga for The Row Hi-Top Faille Lace-Up Sneaker

7) Valentino Rockstud Camo-Lace Sneaker

8) Stuart Weitzman Move In Strappy Elastic Sneaker

9) 3.1 Phillip Lim Trance Mixed Leather Sneaker

10) Keds x Kate Spade Polka Dot Kick Sneaker

6 Stylized Skate Shoes for Chic Outfits

Vans slip-on sneakers are no longer exclusive to middle school mall-rats in baggy tees and denim cut-offs. Popular fashion bloggers and runway models have been spotted sporting stylized skate shoes as a comfortable, effortlessly cool option to classic flats. But be careful, ladies. You don’t want to end up looking like the “sk8er boi” that Avril Lavigne said “see ya later” to circa 2002. Here are 6 skate shoe picks for chic outfits!


Menswear

The easiest way to style the slip-on sneaker is by incorporating them into some monochrome, loungy, menswear-inspired pieces. Think flitted blazers and slouchy pants.

Get the look:
Left: Vince Blair 3
Right: Vans ‘Classic’ Checkerboard Sneaker


Texture

Worried that the trend’s too casual? Look for a solid-colored pair with some pony-hair, leather, or perforations to add texture to outfits feeling a bit plain. Shoot for black, white, or beige if you don’t want to worry about matching colors.

Get the look:
Left: Topshop TIKA2 Fur Slip On Skaters
Right: Vince Blair Slip On Sneakers


Elevate

If you’re having a hard time letting go of your heels, or if you’re afraid of looking too much like a kid, find a pair of flatforms to boost your height. Treat them as you would a pair of classic flats to tone down an outfit without losing any edge.

Get the look:
Left: Prada Linea Rossa Suede Skate Shoe
Right: Miu Miu Metal-Cap-Toe Skate Shoe

Can’t get enough of this sporty-chic trend? Skate over to Wantering for more stylized skate shoe choices!


This fashion post lovingly crafted for you by:
Rosalyn L. 
Fashion Marketing Contributor at Wantering
Currently coveting the classic Ray-Ban Clubmasters
@rosalyn_lin

(photos from: 1/2/3/4)


Crème de la Crème Sneakers

We have nothing but addictive love for high heels. But with sneakers slowly becoming a staple in the world of women’s fashion, especially in the street style community, more designers are creating beautiful pieces worth craving for. You’d be surprised; the feminine, flamboyant characteristics of women’s shoes are not lost in this footwear translation. Conspicuous? Maybe. These kicks certainly aren’t for women who just want to fit in. Behold, 10 high fashion sneakers that might just take the place of your favorite heels. 

1. Givenchy High-Top Trainer



2. Versace Medusa Head High-Top Trainers



3. Versace Gold Medusa Slip-On Shoes



4. Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garcons Tennis Shoe



5. Maison Martin Margiela Ostrich Leather Sneakers



6. Jimmy Choo Tokyo High Top Sneaker



7. Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato Animal-Print High-Top Sneaker



8. Giuseppe Zanotti Blue Chain Detail High-Top Sneakers



9. Giuseppe Zanotti Crocodile Side Zip Hi-Top Sneaker



10. Giuseppe Zanotti Wedge Hi-Top Sneaker


Ladies, don’t limit yourselves to flats and heels; the right sneakers can gorgeously complete your outfits too. Take a peek, and discover women’s designer sneakers you’ll love on Wantering.

And You Thought the Animal Print Trend was Over?

Lions, tigers, and bears (okay, not bears), oh my! Animal prints on anything from faux-fur coats and denim skinnies to clutches and pointy flats have never really left the fashion scene, but every now and then the trend comes back in full-force. Well, it’s that time of year again.

Here’s Wantering’s Top 7 Fall Picks in Animal Print! Don’t drop the ball and miss out on these.

1) Steve Madden Stecy Heel in leopard print

2) Diane von Furstenberg 440 Colorblocked Snakeskin Clutch (on sale guys!)

3) ASOS Curve Shift Dress in Animal Print (SALE, SALE!)

4) Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Animal Print High Tops 

5) Nike Pro-Classic Tiger Dri-FIT Sports Bra (well, we’re going to the gym, how about you?)

6) Deena & Ozzy Smyth Calf Hair Phone Wallet from Urban Outfitters

7) Capulet Moto Jacket in Micro-Animal Print (just released and we want it bad)

If you can’t get enough, check out our “animal inspired style search”, which is filled with the coolest freakin’ style stream.

Love, 

Kathleen, Wantering Editor