My Favorite “Pair of Shoes”: Singh and Son Kishtee Slip Ons

Singh and Son Kishtee Slip Ons

As a design-y guy my shoe collection tends to lean toward the eclectic. For me the most standout shoes I own would be my Nike Flyknits with their variegated patterns and unusual construction. Yet without fail the pair of shoes that receive the most compliments and remarks are these beautiful shoes by Singh And Son, an updated version of a classic slip-on that has been around for decades in India.

Singh and Son Kishtee Slip Ons

These shoes are named and modeled after a traditional sailing vessel, the Kishtee. They’re also built sturdily like a boat, featuring leather tops that come in a black, brown, midnight blue, or oxblood red, and natural leather soles that age extremely beautifully. I believe it’s the simplicity in form yet richness in material that make these shoes shine brighter than the rest. They also happen to be perfect for a city like LA where we have sunny, amazing weather 95% of the time.

Snag a pair for yourself or a loved one in the Singh and Son shop.

Bobby Solomon

December 17, 2014 / By

Chuck Taylor 1970 HI ‘Woven Textile’ Sneakers

Chuck Taylor 1970 HI 'Woven Textile' Sneakers

I’m a big fan of high tops, but I’ve never been a Chuck Taylor kind of guy. There’s nothing wrong with a good pair of Chuck’s, they’re probably the most iconic American shoe around, they simply haven’t been my style. That said, there’s an exception to every rule, and these new 1970 HI ‘Woven Textile’ sneakers caught my attention immediately.

Chuck Taylor 1970 HI 'Woven Textile' Sneakers

I love the loose knit, multi-colored, chunky yarn that envelopes the shoe. It’s an effect that could really go wrong or look quite tacky. It was smart for the designers to go with more muted yarns and only blending in a subtle bit of color, which pairs quite well with the vegetable tanned leather, creating an overall sophisticated, bohemian touch.

Chuck Taylor 1970 HI 'Woven Textile' Sneakers

They’re not for everyone, and that’s why they’re so great. You can grab a pair for yourself (they’re unisex!) over on Bows & Arrows.

Bobby Solomon

October 28, 2014 / By

Vans Give Wooden Shoes A Contemporary Update

Vans Prelow “Cork” - OTW 2014

We’re in an age of great footwear design and shoe technology has come so far in the last 30 years. That said, it’s always great to see interesting materials applied to shoes and these cork covered Vans are currently at the top of my wish list. They’re a part of Vans OTW Summer 2014 and they’re certain to catch people’s eyes. Love the detail of the speckled mid-sole that separates the cork from the sole, a well-considered touch. The sad part is I can’t figure out where to buy them yet, but you can keep an eye on the Vans OTW site in case they pop-up.

Vans Prelow “Cork” - OTW 2014

Vans Prelow “Cork” - OTW 2014

Bobby Solomon

July 11, 2014 / By

Sebastian Errazuriz’s ’12 Shoes for 12 Lovers’ is Simply Fantastic

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One of my favourite showcases of this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach was that of NYC based artist, Sebastian Errazuriz, titled 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers. Utilizing 3D printing, Errazuriz went about fashioning a series of wildly imaginative shoes, inspired by the failed romantic relationships of his past. The passions of the heart have given way to timeless creativity, and Errazuriz has managed to hone his heartbreak to follow suit. There’s something for everyone in this offering—whether it be the fashion, the design, the tech, the writing, or the photography. If none of that, Errazuriz manages to at least captivate with something we can all relate to: love and heartbreak.

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Nick Partyka

December 18, 2013 / By

Velt Shoes combine contemporary looks with traditional methods

Velt Shoes

Velt Shoes

Finding uniquely designed shoes which are also well made is rare these days. But Velt, the debut footwear line from Stefan Rechsteiner and Patrick Rüegg, hits that nail squarely on the head, producing a small collection of leather boots which seamlessly blend contemporary design with age-old techniques.

Velt is a footwear label designed by Stefan Rechsteiner and Patrick Rüegg that explores the possibilities of new, contemporary shoe design produced using classic methods. Its success is based on a creative idea and conceptual dialogue that allows the appropriate results to be accomplished with conventional materials.

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Bobby Solomon

November 20, 2013 / By

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