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).


Tom’s Alp Forward Eco Is The Shoe Of The Summer

This clean, versatile slip-on is one you won’t take off until the warmer months have passed.

Feature Profile

Kai Lenny Is Chasing The World’s Biggest Waves — And Now, Twins

The greatest big-wave surfer has his sights on legendary waves — and his two little girls, now along for the ride.

Cool Dads

Designer Daniel Patrick Owns His Effortless Cool

The clothing designer beloved by pro athletes shows us all how to set new standards in cool while raising the next generation.


6 Low-Profile Sneakers To Rock This Spring

Q: What’s low-profile, white, easy to slip on, and made from canvas? A: Your new, most essential pair of spring and summer shoes.


This Is The Year Of The Samba

The basic, lowly — and perfect — Adidas Samba is set to make a major comeback. Get yours.


Is It Okay To Get Pregnant When The World Is On Fire?

Your children will inherit the Earth. With an unfurling climate emergency, what does that even mean? Columbia University’s writer in residence Meehan Crist has a few ideas.


15 Luxury Fitness Retreats

No matter what sport you're into, there's a place that will pamper you AND make you fitter.


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.