It’s been a major week for Kevin Costner. In addition to appearing on the cover of our epic Summer 2024 issue, the two-time Oscar winner premiered his latest directorial effort Horizon: An American Saga — Chapter 1 at Cannes on Monday. And now, to cap it all off, he’s revealed himself to be a somewhat serious sneakerhead. Instead of collecting whatever’s hyped at the moment though, the former Yellowstone star is all about those niche, niche brands.

While entering the eternally-snapped car park of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Los Angeles yesterday, Costner was spotted wearing a pair of all-American, old school jock trainers. It wasn’t the New Balance 1906R or even Barry Keoghan’s fave Nike Air Force 1s on his feet, though. It was the Autry Medalist Low.

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First introduced back in the early ‘80s, the Texas-born company was once one of the biggest sneaker labels in the country. Known for its super crisp designs and tongue-in-cheek ad campaigns, they dropped hit shoe after hit shoe throughout the decade, with the Medalist being one of the most iconic of all. But it didn’t last. The family-run company eventually petered out and disappeared.

Decades later, Autry announced that it was making a full comeback via a licensing company. And thanks to the rise and rise of old school silhouettes like the Converse Chuck Taylor and the Adidas Samba, there was suddenly a market for its vintage shoes again. “They’re retro, they’re clean, they’re neither chunky nor slimline, and they still have some in-the-know kudos left in the tank,” wrote GQ‘s very own Murray Clark. “Or at least they did until I started recommending them to every single person I know.”

Costner, for one, is such an Autry fan that in addition to the Medalists he wore to Kimmel, he sported another pair (“His own sneakers,“ the fashion credit confirms) during our recent cover shoot. And as the old adage goes: If they’re good enough for Kevin Costner, they’re definitely good enough for you.


White Medalist Low Sneakers

This story originally appeared on British GQ with the title ‘Kevin Costner is an all-American, old school sneakerhead on Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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