GEAR REVIEW: This Leather Lace-Up Sneaker From Vionic Is The Ultimate Smart-Casual Sneaker

“You gotta look like you.” That’s some of the best style advice I’ve ever received and it came from an old mentor a couple years ago before a sales meeting. The message was clear: What you wear isn’t really as important as how you wear it. Does it make you look confident? Does it project success on your own terms? Is it pragmatic?

Footwear is a tricky area when it comes to smart-casual vibes. Sneakers can feel out of place with a pair of Dockers, like you’re heading to the gym as soon as your 4PM meeting gets out. Sure, Chukkas are the ultimate work-life balance shoe, looking great in the office with the right J.Crew Gingham shirt. But it’s also the most basic thing a Bro can wear, be it to work, on a date, or to happy hour.

There has to be an in-between, right? Insert the smart casual sneaker. The Baldwin from VIONIC is a handsome casual sneaker made from genuine leather. It’s like a more comfortable Chuck Taylor or Vans skate shoe made from smooth leather. Somehow it’s just as breathable as most skate shoes, too. The low-profile silhouette looks great with casual work pants like Dockers or selvage denim. And the shoe itself fits as cozy as a top quality sneaker. While it’s quite a bit heavier than your typical sneaker, the durability for the price is truly unparalleled — It will handle long walks without scuffing up.

The Baldwin is part of a new line of smart-casual men’s shoes from Vionic, including a selection of loafers and chukka. Go shop the full selection over at Zappos…

BUY IT NOW: $129.95


If brown isn’t your color, The Baldwin also comes in black…

BUY IT NOW: $129.95


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