He used to wear them in high school, so it's partly nostalgia. Anyway, they always look great on him
I've been buying Air Monarch shoes since the mid 90's. As the version number changes, I try new ones and they have always had the perfect blend of clean, sharp style, without the brightness a lot of other athletic shoes had in the 90's and 2000's, while having the width my wide feed need to be comfortable. I hear a lot of people comparing Nike to New Balance, as if New Balance is a good substitute for these, but the lack of arch in New Balance makes it hurt my feet, where as Nike has always had good arch support. I buy these in bulk and shoe shop every couple of years, and I'll continue doing that until they stop existing. I also wear the black model for business looks and color the unpainted edges of the leather seams to make them even blacker and nobody has every complained at work, so I ditched the dress shoes.