Sneaker culture started back in the 80s and can be attributed to two major sources. Basketball, and hip hop.
Greats such as Michael Jordan and hip-hop stars created a sneaker movement that is still going strong to this day. In fact, people are spending hundreds of thousands on collector sneakers. Luxury sneakers have become as sought after, as bitcoin a few years ago.
Big brands developed sneakers which are now so expensive you could feed a small country with the same amount of money sneaker investors spend on their merchandise. As brands evolve so does the value of their goods, and Bogart Man’s sneakers are no exception.
Looking at the sneaker culture in South Africa, there are two cities that feature predominantly. Cape Town and Johannesburg have some of the biggest sneaker cultures in the country, and it’s only going to get bigger.
Sneakers are more than just shoes. It’s become a form of self-expression which is something all humans inherently desire. In this article, we’ll cover some of Bogart Man’s sneakers, and we’ll teach you how to choose the right sneakers that compliment your personality, ultimately helping you express your true self. Stick around to find out how you can upgrade your sneaker collection with Bogart Man.
Let’s start off with how you can care for your sneakers.
Sneaker care tips:
If you treat your sneakers as well as they treat you, they will last you a lifetime. This means, switching between different pairs, regular cleaning, and protecting them right out of the box. Below are some useful tips to keep in mind.
Clean your sneakers by hand
When cleaning your sneakers, never dump the whole shoe into the water. Rather use a damp cloth, an old toothbrush, or a shoe brush with shoe cleaner. Start by wiping away surface dirt with a cloth, and use the toothbrush to get rid of stubborn stains. When using a brush, ensure the bristles are soft, but not so soft that it does not remove dirt. If you want to keep your sneakers forever, you will have to sacrifice some of your time to give them the love and care they require.
Soak your laces
You can revive your laces with a quick soak in a bowl or sink. Mix some soap with lukewarm water, and let the soap do its magic. Let them sit for a while, and use a toothbrush to get rid of tough stains. When you feel they are clean enough, take them out and give them a thorough rinse before hanging them to air dry. Avoid using harsh chemicals because they will damage the fibres.
Fighting the odour
Sweating is a part of life and can turn your investment sneakers into a stink bomb if you’re not careful. There are plenty of odour products that will help remove any unwanted scents. A good tip is to give your sneakers time to breathe between uses, therefor it’s crucial to have more than one pair of sneakers.
The best way to take care of your sneakers is to prevent stains or wrinkles. You can do this by giving them a good coat of shoe protector or pre-treat them with a waterproofer which can be purchased by any shoe store.
Store them correctly
After wearing sneakers, try to stuff them with rumpled-up newspaper. This technique is a great way to adsorb any moisture in the shoes and prevents wrinkles on the front of the shoe.
Switch things up
Avoid wearing them on a daily basis. It is best to alternate your shoes to give them time to dry and rest, which prolongs the sneakers' wear.
We recently dropped our diamond sneakers which you can find on our just arrived page. They offer effortless style and are designed for the man who considers himself a sneakerhead. If you prefer sneakers that are as flashy as they are comfortable, these sneakers are a must-have item in your shoe collection.
They feature several cool elements such as the embossed Bogart Man logo inside of a diamond design on the back of the sneaker. And to top it off, we’ve added a faux diamond to make them stand out even more. You can pair them with a golfer t-shirt, and a jean for a casual look, or you can pair them with chinos and a button shirt for a semi-formal streetwear style.
These sneakers are designed for the man who wants to improve himself and his style, but also prefers comfortability, which is what the soles provide. On the side and back, you will notice the detailed embossed wing crest, combined with a two-tone colour scheme and perforated material on each shoe.
Pair these sneakers with a matching sweater from our gold collection, which you can layer over a t-shirt. Add a pair of jeans from our gold collection for a look like no other.
These low-top sneakers would make a good addition to your sneaker collection. They were made for the man who takes his style seriously, and who always aspires to dress his very best, no matter where he goes.
They are great because they offer a lot of versatility, and the low-top design makes them perfect for dressing up or dressing down. A great feature about these low-top sneakers are the fact that they are so durable, and you can pair them with your favourite jean, and t-shirt for a cool casual look.
If you want to kick it up a notch, these airloom sneakers will help you get there. They are very comfortable, lightweight, and stylish in every sense. The state-of-the-art soles, and overall design are what makes them premium.
We have included a perforated top for better airflow, which will increase the lifespan of these sneakers. As mentioned above, to get the most out of your sneakers, they need airflow.
Wear these with a jean from our premium jean collection, and pair them with a t-shirt from our latest collection drop. Add a bomber jacket or a denim jacket if you want to mix things up a bit.
"Sneaker styles explained"
Here we can take a closer look at the assorted styles of sneakers:
They are known to be the most casual footwear that is the most comfortable due to their low-heeled design and canvas-based material. Converse All-Stars were the most known brand regarding canvas sneakers because they are considered daily footwear and best styled with casual outfits.
Designer brands like Marc Jacobs usually launch premium sneakers suitable for formal attires. They give off incredible comfort with the ability to stand out from the crowd.
These high-top sneakers have been in trend for a long time because you can wear them confidently and suit any outfit. Whether sporty or casual, these sneakers make you appear more in trend.
Leather sneakers can be pricey but definitely worth the investment due to being long-lasting and not losing their appearance as easily. Their high-quality material can be paired with formal suits and attire, and they are designed to comfortably fit the shape of your feet.
The uniqueness of these sneakers is the LED lights that run through the soles of the footwear, which offer one colour or multiple colours depending on which model is available. These sneakers are quite popular amongst males, and because they represent as flashy, they work great for going to concerts, festivals, or trending party events.
Many people don't know this, but these sneakers are one of the most popular. They are also known as low-top sneakers and come in numerous styles, and you don't need to wear socks with them.
These are classic footwear and do not have any shoelaces, which makes them easier to put on. The slip-on sneakers can come in several designs and patterns and provide extreme comfort with a casual look.
Textile blend sneakers
A mixture of materials makes this type of footwear and offers breathable fabric as well as great comfort. You can style them with casual and sporty attire.
Often known as sports sneakers, they feature shoelaces, style and comfortable functionality for any sport or activity like jogging or hiking. Some well-known and popular brands, such as Nike and Adidas, offer these sneakers.
Printed sneakers can come in several colours and designs that are unique from other sneakers. These sneakers add style to your daily attire with thick soles that offer great comfort and make you stand out from the crowd.
High-top kicks sneakers
These high-top kicks offer support and protection to the ankles. The footwear has laces that can tie around the ankle for adjustment but not all have them. They have become extremely popular amongst men for their comfortable style and casual attire.