Pro Keds Royal Plus Hi Top





Finishing up our little shoe roundup are these sweet Keds (never thought I’d say that) which are metallic and awesome. First off they’re all leather, so they should get better with age. They’re a beautiful color, almost a metallic grey, not too light and not too dark, and the details and stitching are just enough to give it some character. They remind me a lot of something Generic Man might produce if they went a little crazy with adding panels, which in all honesty is a compliment. I’m just upset I can’t find these anywhere!

Found through Svpply

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

June 29, 2010 / By

Nike Dunk High Supreme 08 Limited Edition





As you may have noticed we’ve been posting up shoes today on the site, so hopefully you’ve been enjoying them so far. Alex and Danica both posted a couple of items for ladies so I’m posting a couple of pairs for dudes. Honestly I’ve been wearing Sperry’s non-stop lately but I have this constant crush on Dunk-y looking shoes, even if I never wear them.

From what Freshness Mag says these are some kinda’ fancy, limited edition shoe which come in an amazing medium, metallic silver dot pattern which looks woven into the material, not printed on. Usually when a shoe company makes a polka dot print they tend to make it smaller, cuz’, big polka dots are pretty gross. But I think the muted color palette of the shoe make this one a serious winner. No idea where to get it, so good luck finding it!

Found through Freshness Mag

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

June 29, 2010 / By

Some Thoughts on Footwear and Elegance

In Genevieve Antoine Dariaux’s indispensable tome to style, A Guide to Elegance: For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on all Occasions, she sets out extremely strict rules regarding footwear. Please allow me to summarise:

- heels higher than 2 or 2 1/2 inches are “extremely vulgar” and high heels worn with trousers “can reduce to vulgarity the most refined appearance”;

- open-toed shoes are an absolute no-no, as some brute will undoubtedly step on your toes and if it rains your feet will be soaked (how terribly distasteful);

- wedge heels are generally in “bad taste” and will result in an “awkward gait and a heavy leg”;

- ankle straps are “unflattering and rather cheap looking”;

- shoes that have “exaggeratedly pointed toes” and adornments “that attract too much attention” should be avoided;

- ballerinas (the style of shoe, not the dancers) must “never be seen on a city street…for they create an impression of negligence”; and

- bright coloured shoes should only be “worn in the evening under electric lights.”

Perusing Dariaux’s tips I was struck by two things: the use of the word “vulgar” (as far as I can ascertain “vulgar” has dropped out of contemporary parlance and has been replaced by inferior sentiments – personally, I feel it should be wholeheartedly resurrected) and the large discrepancy between ideas of elegance enshrined in the 1960s and those held today.

Looking at the styles that are currently being produced by high-end designers, I can’t help but think that poor Genevieve will be turning in her grave. In a season where 1970s-inspired cork and wood wedges have made a comeback, tall and spindly heels are de rigueur, Marc Jacobs continues to design shoes that look like cute animals, colour palettes are out of control and masculine brogues are all the fashion, archaic concepts of elegance have been well and truly thrown out the window. Indeed, I happen to think that ankle straps can be very sophisticated (provided that the wearer does not have cankles) and brightly coloured shoes are always appropriate (except at funerals).

So are poise, style and grace mutable ideas that change from season to season or are they fixed concepts? What gets placed in the trash: Dariaux’s book or my ballerina flats with *shudder* ankle straps? Whatever your opinion, I guess elegance ain’t what it used to be.

The featured styles include Christian Louboutin Corto 85 leather pumps, Chloé Ankle strap canvas ballerina flats, Paloma Barceló Dalila flat espadrille sandals, Marni Square-toe leather pumps, Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse leather ballerina flats and Church’s Blondie leather brogues. Yeah – don’t worry – I can’t afford them either.

Danica

June 29, 2010 / By

Eamz by United Nude

This shoe is problematic for me.  As a beginning, I have to say that love the designs put fourth by United Nude. Many of their shoes seem to rely on ideas that are familiar with many designers and architects, but don’t often migrate to the land of lady’s feet.  When I read that the founder Rem D. Koolhaas aimed to “downsize architecture to its smallest and most vulnerable scale, that of a woman’s foot” it made total sense.  (He’s not the Rem Koolhaas, but he’s the Rem Koolhaas’s nephew.)

So what’s the problem?  I’m not sure that the shoes look as good on the feet as it looks when those shoes start bravely marching for the door.   If we take the Eamz Shoe as an example, does the shoe look nothing like a doorstop?  Of course, the shoe takes its name and visual ques from  the Iconic Eames Aluminum Group of chairs, designed in 1958 for Herman Miller. The idea that you could reconfigure the heel of a woman’s shoe so that the shoe becomes a cantilever, is entirely unique (as far as I know) and the initial misgivings I had with the shoes have migrated to greener pastures.

-Alex.

Alex Dent

June 29, 2010 / By

Put This On: Episode 2 – Shoes

I know a lot of you guys enjoy fashion oriented posts so I thought this video by Put This On could be really informative. Self-described as “A web series about dressing like a grownup” creators Jesse Thorn & Adam Lisagor take you through the basics of dressing right, like this episode which is all about mens shoes.

These guys definitely know their stuff, taking you to shop here in Hollywood called Willie’s, which has been making custom shoes for the past 50 years. They also give you tips on how to properly shine your shoes, a better way to tie them as well as good brands to buy if you’re in the market for a nice, shiny pair of shoes.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 29, 2010 / By

Nike Free Run+ Music Shoe

*The NIKE FREE RUN+ is absolutely a running shoe.
Shoes sold at retail will NOT make music when bent or twisted.

The folks over at Wieden+Kennedy, Tokyo have made yet another charming and smile inducing ad for Nike, this time around their new running show the Nike Free Run+. It’s just a clever idea of a couple of Japanese DJs taking the shoes, twisting them to make sounds and then creating a song around it. Nothing fancy, just a demonstration of how fun living the Nike lifestyle is… hopefully you sensed the irony in that last sentence. Seriously though, I think the commercial is really fun, and it’s a great way to feature some shoes without sticking to any traditional advertising schemes. It’s too bad for the rest of us that the ad is aimed at the Japanese market.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 16, 2010 / By

Veronique Branquinho for Camper

For me, Belgian designer Veronique Branquinho epitomises everything that is stylish about the Antwerp fashion scene: a discreet sense of androgyny, minimalism, monochrome colour palettes and structured tailoring. Although her label collapsed last year in the midst of the global financial crisis, she has not completely disappeared from the fashion arena and her most recent project is a collaboration with Camper. Branquinho’s capsule collection for the Spanish footwear label’s Together project features three derby styles that showcase her simple and modern aesthetic. My first reaction upon viewing the neutral, two-toned lace-ups was the all too familiar sentiment of “I want them. I don’t care how much they cost”, but then I discovered that the shoes are, in fact, designed for men. Go figure.

Dapper gentlemen can find Branquinho’s collection online and in select boutiques.

Danica

April 12, 2010 / By

New Shoes from Zuriick





Zuriick yet again ups their game with another fresh batch of good looking shoes. It seems to me like they’re starting to branch out from the standard sneaker genre, which I think is a smart move. Above are three of their newest styles, I’m not quite sure when they were released, but I’m really digging all of these.

In order they are the Madsen, Nadal Mids and the Shug Low. The variety of these shoes is what I like a lot, so if you only bought these three shoes you’d be set for pretty much any event. And the best part is that they’re all round $100, so you’re not breaking the bank by any means.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 6, 2010 / By

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