The Rubber Game

Dec 17, 2010
Outside Magazine

Looking for one last sub-$100 gift? Sneak a pair of sneakers under the tree.

My son's newest pair of shoes are Converse All-Stars. The same kind Eddie Haskell wore on Leave It to Beaver. The same kind hipsters have favored for years, from Brooklyn to Venice Beach. They're an American icon, and for good reason: they're the genuine article, they're comfortable, and they manage to be athletic shoes while managing to have nothing to do with actual exertion. Today we're living in a sneaker renaissance, as seen in these new models that borrow from either the classic court shoe or from their own retro heritage.
--Will Palmer

The Cushy
10. Cushe Vinyl Frontier Canvas ($85;
Well padded, squishy, trainer-like feel, from a newcomer to the field

The Throwback
9. New Balance 320 $65
The original 1976 running shoe, still light and airy, now a bold statement of retro-tude

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The Court Holder
8. K-Swiss Vintage California CVS ($50;
The country-club classic, now infused with hip colors, and a lot of shoe for the price


The Board Lord
7. Vans Era ($52;
The shoe made famous by Peralta and Alva, still iconic, still rolling 


The Crunchy
6. Saucony Jazz Low Pro Vegan $55
Made of canvas and hemp, no animal products, retro and bouncy

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The Touch of Funk
5. Keen Coronado II ($70;
Half-leather, half-canvas upper, reinforced toe, subdued but stylish


The Anthony Michael Hall
4. Puma Dallas ($70;
An eighties design returned, in funky colors, suede upper, the traction of a boat shoe


The Fast-and-Light
3. ASICS Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 ($80;
Thin sole, leather upper, hipster vibe, in a plethora of sweet color combinations

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The Somewhat Soviet
2. Chrome Kursk ($70;
Bomber construction from the messenger-bag kings, yet wearable with a suit


The Soft Shoe
1. PF Flyers Number 5 ($75;
Same youthful fifties feel, floppy suede upper, great construction, variety of awesome colors


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