The 100 Best Style Trends Of The Complex Decade

42. Artisan Lace-Up Shoes

Brand loyalty is strong amongst sneakerheads, so when many of them started buying proper dress shoes, quality and heritage took precedence. In the same way that Nike had been making sneakers for years, companies like Alden and Tricker's had been manufacturing high-quality footwear for even longer. Of course, the prices for one pair of these artisan, bench-made shoes cost more than a few pairs of Jordans, but many guys saw it as a purchase worth investing in — and the demand for shoes from companies like Quoddy and Alden can be seen in larger stores and smaller boutiques alike.

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