Gross generalizations can rob you of the joy of nuance -- within classical music there's Baroque, Romantic, and Impressionist, and don't even get us started on "trees". Bringing astonishing variety to summer shoes, Gram Design. Straight out of Stockholm, Grams infuse modern comfort-tech into Swedish designs of yesteryear, producing a hyper-thoughtful line of warm-weather kicks from people who spend 8 months a year in frozen darkness. For casual/sporty, go with the 387g (lightweight oilskin high-tops, w/ velcro straps and mesh side-vents), or stay brightly cool in the low-top 321g -- boldly rounded sneaks in either breathable green poplin or white denim that deflects sun off your feet as effectively as your white jeans attract cruel aspersions to your ass. On a more conservative tip, there's the subdued 366g in solid gray, white, or plaid cotton, and the sturdy super-hightop 406g; in the same colorways, it sports tension lace-loops that offer combat-boot-esque support for the Bataan Death March up Ocean Beach to the bathroom, since you're sure as hell not getting in the water. In fall/winter, Gram releases some summer designs in less breathable microfleece, polyester, and corduroy -- reflecting a wishful Nordic generalization that lumps all seasons into "summer".
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