New Balance 574
Super comfortable and made in the U.S.A., my New Balance 574's got a lot of wear this past summer. I looked all over the place for the basic gray but nobody had them in my size or color. Foot Locker and other sneaker stores carried multicolor 574s but hardly anybody had the basic gray in decent sizes. So I did a really smart thing and tried on a few pairs to determine my size and then went home to purchased them on the internet (NB ships them for free).
I got the idea for the orange laces from Andy Spade's 10 essentials on GQ.com, but for some reason or another its not online anymore. Best Life has some of his picks but its not as succinct as the GQ one. And let me tell you, it was no small feat trying to match the orange with Andy's shade. It's basically the Jack Spade Orange that I tried to duplicate on the title of each post. But after months and months of searching, I finally found it at We Love Colors. Maybe when Alex is older, I'll get him some orange laces for his NBs.