5 Under $50 – June 3

5 Under $50 Primer Magazine

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Cody H

    Love me some Larceny, any plans to bring back the Friday Drinks posts?

  • Ross

    I’ve been having problem over the years wearing white shoes. The number one problem for me and for every guy is how to keep them clean. Do you have any tips on how to keep them looking stylish and no run down? Also how would you suggest utilizing these white sneakers in a outfit? Jeans? Chinos? Shorts? Socks or No Socks? Colors that you recommend to wear with them? Also what type of occasions are they best to wear for?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Yeah I hear ya. For one, I’m intentional about where I wear them. If it’s going to be outside in the elements I choose something else. Try to keep up on them if you get them dirty, it’s easier to do that and keep them white then to just try to revamp them once they’re run down. Each season you can swap in a new pair of laces which will help a lot. You can also use OxyClean or a white wall tire cleaner like Bleche-Wite to scrub them with.

      They’re mega versatile you can add them to any outfit to give it a more modern, urban look. I wear mine with jeans, chinos, shorts and no socks if in shorts or cuffed pants. They’re casual for sure, so anywhere you would wear boat shoes on the casual end they can work great. You can see a comparison in the photo below and I’ve also attached a photo from an upcoming Getup where I’m wearing them.

      Check out this article we did for more:

      • Ross

        Awesome! Thanks for the help Andrew. I might be brave enough to buy a pair now. 🙂

  • rogun

    I won’t lie. I’m a little disappointed by the recommendation for faux leather sneakers.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Why? Even a lot of Adidas’s are faux leather. These are there for a the good price and style like I wrote, if you can afford and want real leather, we feature a lot of those in many articles.

      • rogun

        Have you ever owned a pair of fake leather sneakers? In my experience, they may look okay, but they quickly fall apart and they’re not very comfortable.

        I’m not against buying cheaper shoes or shoes with synthetic materials, but I’ve just never seen a pair of fake leather shoes that I thought were worth the asking price. I’d rather save up for the GAP version, which are $60 and not on sale, but they’re made with real leather. I own multiple white leather sneakers and don’t think I paid more then $35 for any of them.

        I appreciate what you’re doing, but I’m just skeptical of fake leather shoes.

        • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

          I have! And a good friend of mine has these Old Navy shoes and wears them all the time. Again, they’re a good choice for people where budget is paramount, either because money is tight or because they don’t anticipate getting enough wear out of them to justify the full price for leather. I agree with everything you’re saying, I just think these have their place for some people.

          • rogun

            I’ll never buy another pair, but I guess they fit with what you’re doing here. Which is great, btw. You’ve created the men’s magazine that I’ve always wanted to read, but couldn’t because it didn’t exist yet.

          • Rudy Ortiz

            just bought some similar sneakers from old navy on clearance this weekend for $7.50. I know they may not last long, but i saw it as an opportunity to try the all-white sneaker world, which i was not a part of. And i like it so far.

          • rogun

            Yea, that makes sense. I purchased some Birkenstock knockoffs recently, just to see if I’d wear them before purchasing the real thing.

            I’ve owned a few pairs of fake leather shoes and didn’t like any of them. Having said that, it’s probably been 20+ years since I last tried any, so they may have improved since then. I decided to check, so I ordered a pair for yard work around the house, but if they don’t check out, I’ll just return them ASAP. I’d love to find a worthy alternative to leather sneakers for several reasons, so I hope they do work out.

      • rogun

        I wanna apologize. I’ve been looking for a synthetic shoe for work for some time now and it hasn’t been an easy search. I won’t explain my lengthy reasoning, but I need comfortable sneakers with a sturdy sole, that can withstand walking on rough terrain all day, that are light enough for hot weather and can endure getting wet, all while looking stylish and cleaning up easily. In other words, I need several pairs of shoes rolled into one.

        After we had this conversation, it occurred to me that these synthetic leather sneakers could work. I found the Adidas Neo for ~$20 on Amazon and have a Prime membership, so I decided to try them out, since I could always send them back if I didn’t think they would. I received them today and I’m impressed. It’s been a couple of decades since I last owned a pair of fake leather shoes and these are much nicer. The synthetic leather isn’t shiny, it’s far more flexible and looks more like real leather. I can’t say how durable they’ll be, yet, but the rubber sole is nice, they’re comfortable and they seem to be constructed well. They’re definitely worth what I paid for them and now I’m thinking of getting another pair in black.

        Anyway, I just wanted to say that I was wrong, because these aren’t bad at all. I’d still spend more for real leather if I wasn’t using them for work purposes, but these will certainly do for those who don’t want to spend the money. I can’t use real leather for work, because leather is slow to dry when it gets soaked, and waterproof shoes are too hot, so these may be perfect for my needs.

        • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

          Awesome! I’m so glad it worked out. I hadn’t seen the Neo before, they look great!