The autumn chill isn't just a seasonal temperature drop that changes leaves' color. It's a relaxed state of mind. So before you get all stressed out about the upcoming election and the holidays looming in the not-too-distant future, mellow out with a couple of fall-minded sneakers from Vans.
The Vans Vault Old Skool Lite LX ($120) offers a spring and summer state of mind in fall materials and wintry colorways. Available in Navy or Dark Steel, this classically comfy kick features soft premium leathers above a lightweight molded sole that'll complement your wardrobe well as the leaves trickle from the trees.
Available in Blue, Brown or Black, the SK8-Hi Reissue Lite LX ($140) applies suede uppers to skating's first hightop. No, they're not weatherized like Vans' Del Pato MTE DX or as tough and dressy as Timberland's Brogue. So they won't be your first choice in a cold November rain or when (egad!) shoveling snow.
But they're a great, subtly stylish go-to for every other casual encounter this season.