Alex French

For more than a decade, Alex French has been a journalist, editor, and consultant at national magazines and web projects such as Fatherly, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Grantland, Wired, The Atlantic, New York, This American Life, Details, and the New York Times Magazine. He is well-known for deep, nuanced investigations into misunderstood subcultures and personalities as well as for collaborating with fellow writers, designers, and artists on immersive cultural reads. He has reported on everything from yacht cruises around Central America to an intelligence community plot to take down a Fox News Analyst. From the complicated lives of polyamorists to the mysterious death of a Muslim Marine Corps recruit. From Hollywood’s IP gold rush to the secret history of a Cold War Mastermind. Alex consistently creates the kind of IP that Hollywood starves for. His work has been optioned by HBO, AMC, CBS Studios, Warner Brothers, and Topic Media. His book collaboration “Sneakers'' (Harper Collins, 2018) inspired Lena Waithe to create her 2020 Quibi series, “You Ain’t Got These.” Alex is the host of season one of Topic media’s upcoming podcast franchise, Imposters (release TBD).


The Best Damn Sneakers To Wear With The Best Damn Jeans

Winter is a time for heavyweight jeans and high top sneakers. Here’s one take on that perfect combo.

Cool Dads

Terry Crews Doesn’t Believe In Self-Made Men — Even If He Lived The Myth

In his new kids’ book, Crews teaches kids that nobody is ever alone and all success is really communal.

Gifting Kicks

7 Perfect Gifts For Sneaker Heads

You can’t do wrong with any of the following hand-selected shoes, all for less than $200.


The Nike Sacai Blazer Is A Work of Art

The latest from the brilliant sacai-Nike collab is one helluva sneaker.

Cool Dads

Patrick Dempsey Breaks The Spell

McDreamy, Prince Charming, Mr. Right. Onscreen, Patrick Dempsey epitomizes the charmed leading man. But off? He’s just a dad, husband, and man who’s trying to figure it all out.


In Todd Snyder We Trust

The beloved designer is not here to change men’s style or the way we feel about clothes. He’s already done that — and has more in store for men who just want to dress better.


Welcome To The Sneaker Hall Of Fame

And the 2022 inductees are...

Sole Searching

Your Sneakers Should Tell A Story

Hall-of-fame-worthy sneaker collabs that tell a story, and look damn good doing it.

Sole Searching

The Nike Waffle Ones Are Ideal Everyday Kicks

Nike’s latest Waffle can take a beating and still look good.

A Sneaker For All

Nike’s General Purpose Shoe Review: Democratizing Sneaker Culture With a New Release

The General Purpose Shoe could change the way we think about kicks.

Sole Searching

The Hunt for the Perfect Sneakers

Shopping for sneakers takes patience and know-how. Here are a few tricks to find the right pair.


The New Balance Casablancas Are the Most Conspicuously Stylish Dad Sneakers

You're sure to make a statement from the bottom up in these new cult favorites.


Redefining “Dad Shoes”

Some would have you believe that dad shoes are comfortable sneakers that are also chunky and ugly. They’re wrong.


Vans Old Skool Is a Classic That Belongs in Every Closet

Some sneakers never go out of style.


Let’s Talk About Death — At the Dinner Table

We prepare our kids for all sorts of scary possibilities life could throw at us. But why don't we talk to them about the one we know will happen to us all?


Is It Okay to Get Pregnant When the World Is on Fire? A Conversation with Meehan Crist

Your children will inherit the Earth. With an unfurling climate emergency what does that even mean? Columbia writer in residence Meehan Crist has thoughts.


NASA’s Top Climatologist Gavin Schmidt on the Problem With Pessimism

What can one family do about climate change? A whole helluva lot, actually.


A $500 Sport Watch That Looks Like a Million Bucks and More Stylish Picks for Men

Our latest picks of clothing and accessories worthy of your attention.


A Standout Polo, the Perfect Pair of New Balances, and More Stylish Picks for Men

Our near-weekly pick of clothing and accessories worthy of your attention.


How Racism Holds Kids Back

The stressors of racist policies, institutions, and acts permeate throughout communities of color and impact one generation after the next. How do we break the cycle?