Welcome to the first installment of the Men’s Style Pro Versus Series. Periodically, Alex (of The Pantalones Blog and the new Lifestyle Editor of Men’s Style Pro) and I will style some pieces from our favorite brands for you too judge and to get some style inspiration in the process. First up to bat are the Center Hi (high top) sneaker by PF Flyers. To emphasize our style aesthetics, we chose different version of the black Center-Hi sneaker. As you can see, Alex went with the classic all black Center Hi in canvas, as opposed to my half leather, half wool version of the Center-Hi with white soles.
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Alex Delany – All Black Canvas Center Hi Sneakers (Sandlot)
Hat: Fan Favorite | Coat: Jil Sander + Uniqlo | Rugby: Kent Wang |Jeans: Levi’s | Shoes: PF Flyers | Watch: Tissot |Nato Strap: J.Crew
When it comes to sneakers, simple is always the word that comes to my mind, and it was simplicity that dictated my choice in sneakers and the overall flow of my kit. It’s true that sneakers automatically call for a more casual outfit, but that doesn’t mean that tailored details or pieces can’t make their way into the ensemble.
Sabir Peele – Wool & Leather Center Hi Sneakers
G1 Leather Jacket – Cockpit USA | Grey V-Neck T-shirt – Urban Outfitters | Black Raw Denim Jeans – 3×1 xx133 | Center Hi Wool/Leather Sneakers – PF Flyers | Bead Bracelet – Tobox Shoes | Watch – Breil
I’ve always been a fan of classic sneakers with a slight twist and that’s exactly what these Center Hi sneakers provide. The combination of leather and wool materials makes these sneakers cold weather appropriate without having to step into the boot realm.
Even though this look this teeters on the “All Black Everything” vibe, the grey wool in the sneakers and the grey of the t-shirt add some depth to its casualness. In regard to the break of the jeans, personally I feel that a stacked cuff looks more natural than a hard cuff that meets right at the top of the shoe. As with Alex’s look, these sneakers aren’t flashy, so they really fly under the radar for the typical sneakerhead. As with any monochromatic look, it’s definitely a good idea to throw in one color for a bit of juxtaposition, that’s why I’ve pair these red bracelets with this outfit. Bracelets are a very personal preference type of thing, so tip-toe into that style pool.
Photo Cred: Alex Delany shot me & vice versa.
Written: Alex Delany & Sabir Peele
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM