Saint Laurent Off White Court Classic Sneakers Review
Regular readers with a keen eye will have observed in many of my recent outfit photos (both here on my mens fashion blog and my Instagram account) that I have worn a pair of Saint Laurent Off White Court Classic Sneakers. I have decided to finally review them, which I did mention in an earlier post. Took me a little longer than I had planned!
I had been on the look out for a pair of decent white sneakers for some time, something to replace my well worn Topman White Fashion Trainers. I decided to upgrade to a designer pair, I missed the quality that they bring to the table. I used to own many pairs of Common Projects in a variety of colours, and I did consider those again. I was held back slightly from memories of them giving me the illusion of duck feet syndrome (particularly when viewed from the top). I also recall them being quite uncomfortable for the first few wears, till they had broken in.
Browsing around for a suitable alternative, I spied the Saint Laurent Off White Court Classic Sneaker. From online photos they seemed to tick all the boxes! As luck would have it, Matches Fashion offered me one of their tempting discount codes (they entice customers back, if they hadn’t purchased anything for some time!). So, it was the perfect opportunity, and I took advantage of the price cut and ordered the sneakers.
The Saint Laurent shoe box is suitably minimalist, all over solid black with an embossed section across the lid, within lies the brands logo in white text. Delving inside, I was greeted with each shoe housed inside its own dust bag (I approve of this idea, one dust bag is great, but there is the fear that both shoes will rub against each other during storage, transferring ink or even dirt from the soles to one another).
I found my regular size (42/8) was just right, a small amount of effort was needed to slip the shoes on, but once inside my foot was firmly secure. In fact, they are so sturdy you don’t even need to tie the laces to guarantee they stay on! This makes it ideal to keep the laces hidden from sight, just pop them inside the shoe. (additionally, the laces provided are quite short compared to other shoes, which makes this an even easier prospect!).
Because of their low profile design, they give a nice sleek look when worn. No worry of the aforementioned duck feet syndrome! The shape looks particularly beautiful from a side profile view (catching a glimpse in a mirror or shop window and you can’t help but admire them!). The colour is an eye catching off white colour, which pairs suitably with pretty much everything in the wardrobe. To touch they feel luxurious and well made with a solid quality. I thoroughly inspected each sneaker and I couldn’t see even one flaw. They definitely looked expensive!
However, there are a couple of negatives stopping them from getting top marks (for me at least, and mostly due to how I usually wear footwear). First of all, you have to wear socks. On my very first wear I decided to forgo them, within a couple of hours I regretted this decision immensely as they started to rub the sides of my feet pretty severely! (in fact, I had to purchase some socks from a store to relieve the pain). This isn’t really any fault of the shoes themselves, they were most likely designed to wear with socks.
The 2nd negative is along the same lines, this time the problem is with the tongue. As stated earlier in the review, the shoes have a nice firm structure, which carries over into the construction of the tongue, and this is where the problem lies… they are possibly too sturdy and firm. When you walk, they barely bend, causing friction and rubbing over the front of the ankles. When I returned from my first wear, I had a deep red line running across my skin. My feet were already suffering from rubbing due to the lack of socks, the tongue was then in turn antagonising my feet even further! If you wear normal full length socks, this isn’t even an issue, but if you choose low profile trainer socks it will still cause problems.
Despite these criticisms I still highly recommend these Saint Laurent Off White Court Classic Sneakers if you can look past the heavy duty tongue (which for many who wear normal socks, this won’t even be an issue) then I would give these full marks. Beautifully designed shoes which are heavy duty and quite comfortable (with socks!). Please let me know what you think in the comments below!