High top sneakers and colder weather usually go in hand-in-hand, offering an alternative to equally warm boots as a staple footwear for the fall. If you’re going for a more refined look, though, donning a pair of Vans Sk8s or Lebrons just won’t cut it, so you’re still stuck with your favorite pair of Chelsea boots to pull off the style. Unless, of course, you’ve got a pair of basketball sneakers like the Greats Royale Court High.
Combining the classic basketball shoe silhouette with more sophisticated materials, the footwear offers a more casual alternative to boots, all while maintaining a refined style that should do better with the rest of the items in your grown man closet. We don’t have any idea whether basketball kicks made from these materials will actually perform well on the court, but you’ll definitely look more dapper on the way to the gym, regardless of how many times you trip up during play.
Unlike most basketball sneakers, the Greats Royale Court High has a premium Italian leather upper and a veg-tanned leather lining, creating a look that’s more upscale club than neighborhood courts. It combines the brand’s oft-used Margom rubber outsole with a gum sole herringbone tread, giving the shoe just a little more height and an interesting color detail. Oh yeah, it’s also higher on the ankles than most high-tops currently in circulation, which should offer better protection from the chilly air of the season, along with the brand’s signature bar tack stitch on the quarter panel and tonal design on the tongue.
The Greats Royale Court High is available now, priced at $199.