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5 Jun

Top 5 Designer Penny Loafers For Men This Season

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While it looks similar in construction to any lace-less shoes, the penny loafer has become synonymous with the American private school aesthetic since the 1930s. Over time, the refined scholarly appeal of the penny loafer has extended beyond the US and many men across the globe now find the classic shape of the shoe to be a must-have in their wardrobe. We couldn't agree more - the penny loafer should be a staple in any gentleman's wardrobe - and so, when investing in the perfect designer penny loafer for your wardrobe, it should fit three criteria: quality construction, classic shape and use of the best leather. The following designer penny loafers for men all fit these criteria in different ways and...
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30 Aug

Top 5 Sneaker Collaborations (2014 Edition)

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Ever since Swedish mass retailer H&M collaborated with Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld almost ten years ago, we've seen luxury designers collaborate with an increasing number of 'fast fashion' and affordable brands. Sneakers are not immune to this cross-over collaboration trend, so here we've listed the top 5 sneaker collaborations in 2014. Of course, 2014 is not over yet, so let us know in the comments section below what other sneaker collaborations you think belong in this 'Top Sneaker Collaborations (2104 Edition)" list. #5 Sneaker Collaboration 2014 - Capsule x New Balance 'Canadian Tuxedo' Sneakers Denim overdose with this sneaker collaboration from New Balance  Teaming up with Canadian-based sneaker boutique Capsule, New Balance introduces the MT580. Affectionately dubbed the "Canadian Tuxedo," this denim-wrapped sneaker is inspired by...
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23 Jul

Thorocraft Spring/Summer 2015 Preview

Thorocraft Spring Summer 2015 Preview
While classic footwear pieces never go out of style, a man can't just have derby shoes and brogues in his closet. This is precisely where California-based Thorocraft comes in. Known for pairing classic silhouettes with bold styling, the footwear brand makes luxurious leather shoes without the pretension. Take their 2015 Spring / Summer season collection which takes inspiration from desert landscapes in the US. Focusing on breathability, the handcraft trainers feature laser cut patterns and adapt the classic Huarache dress style for a refined look. ...
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13 Apr

Craig Green for Purified Slip-ons for 2014

The Craig Green x Purified Slip-ons as seen in the Craig Green Spring/Summer 2014 show This season sees the first collaboration between Craig Green and footwear specialist Purified. The result are two slip-ons constructed from hand tie-dyed cotton canvas with a statement silicon strap. The canvas' print is almost galactic and when paired with silicon it has a wonderful futuristic aesthetic to it. SHOP ...
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5 Nov

Best Online Stores for Mens Shoes

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If there's one menswear saying that I truly believe, it's that you can judge a man by his shoes. A lot of men make the mistake of buying cheap shoes thinking that they shouldn't spend too much on something that's going to get kicked around. But the truth is, what you put on your back may go out of fashion and style someday, and so it's the shoes you wear that speaks volumes about what kind of man you  really are. In this post I've rounded up some of the best online stores when it comes to men's shoes. When I'm talking about shoes, I don't mean sneakers, sandals or espadrilles, but shoes suitable for formal occasions and work - monk...
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16 Apr

Junya Watanabe x Tricker’s Brogue Boot

  The Junya Wantanabe x Tricker's collaboration has been a hit in menswear circles. What do you get when you put a Japanese avant-garde designer and an historic shoemaker together? You get something like this navy toe cap brogue boot by Junya Wantanabe and Trickers. As the protege of Comme des Garcon's Rei Kawakubo, Junya Wantanabe has always had a thing for creative collaborations and whilst the decision to create a series of boots with English shoemaker Trickers maybe unusual, it's been a big hit in menswear circles. (The boot is even sold out at one of our favourite menswear online shops, Tres Bien) As traditional shoemakers, Tricker's has always made their shoes by hand and this classic brogue...
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1 Apr

5 Sneakers to Wear with your Suit

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Pairing sneakers with suit may seem like a fashion crime, but as we've detailed our How to Wear Sneakers with Suits post, it's just another way to give your suit more versatility and to change up your wardrobe. Here are five sneakers that can be paired and matched with suits. When we chose these sneakers, the assumption is you already have a decent suit in place, if not, read our Top 10 tips on how to choose a suit. Once you've got your suit in place, the sneakers are the accessory, and these sneakers should be seen as such. Another criteria we measured these sneakers against is how wearable they are with other pieces in your wardrobe. What you'll find is these sneakers can...
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13 Mar

Thorocraft Camouflage Shoes

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Thorocraft has always produced stylish shoes at reasonable prices, but when I saw these camouflage oxfords, I have to say they've outdone themselves. Dubbed 'The Mercer', this pair of camouflage print oxford shoes feature a laser cut ventilation, letting you cool down during the warmer seasons ahead. The designers behind Thorocraft are meticulous and they pride themselves in hand-selecting the finest leathers and material to make sure their shoes last the mile. For example, the upper is crafted from a Saffian embossed full grain leather with smooth pigskin inner lining and a raw un-dyed Vachetta leather heel detail. The outsole is on the other hand, is crafted from a combination of stacked leather and cushioning EVA. It also has an embedded rubber...
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10 Mar

Riviera Slip-on Shoes

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For those in the northern hemisphere, Summer is just around the corner, meaning it's time to throw away the scarves and put on some shorts and lightweight shoes. If you're on the lookout for versatile slip-on shoes, then Riviera will be your perfect pair. Channeling a touch of the 1960s film 'Purple Noon' (and its remake 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'), Riviera slip-ons have exude an air of off-duty luxury. Handmade in Spain, Riviera slip-ons have been reworked time and time again since WWII. With a nod to Cuban culture, the Rivieras collection works well with refined lightweight tailoring - I can already imagine pairing them with a white linen shirt, navy shorts and a holiday straw hat. Each pair of Rivieras are...
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12 Dec

Yuketen Snakeskin Boots

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When it was Black Friday/Cyber Monday a while back, I was waiting to snap up several items at a bargain price. To my dismay, this pair of Yuketen Snakeskin boots weren’t on sale since they’re the most kickass boots I’ve seen in a while. Forget black combat boots or boots with studs, Yuketen shoes easily make any man stand out. Pair it with black jeans and a simple tee and you’re ready to take on the world and any wild beast that may come your way. Made with black and tan leather with an embossed snakeskin texture, the boots also have a nice scalloped detail heel collar. The rubber soles are from Vibram. Like all Yuketen goodies, this pair is made...
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21 Nov

Feit Hand Sewn Hi Top Sneaker

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In a time of mass-marketing, assembly-line production and fast fashion, it's rare and often beautiful to come across something handmade, like these hand sewn hi-top sneakers by Feit. Designed, made and individually produced in-house, the Hand Sewn Superclean High Top Sneaker is a unique piece of footwear. The top is made of Italian vegetable leather, treated with minimal pigments so it retains its natural colours. The best part is that the leather ages overtime to give that perfect vintage look. [$495 SHOP]...
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17 Nov

Marc Jacobs Croc Print Leather Sneakers

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It seems that of late, I've only had eyes for exotic prints like ostrich, snake, alligator and crocodile. (Take this and this for example.) I'm not why, but I'd put it down to their unexplainable quality that makes me want to reach out and touch it. I mean, look at this Croc Print Leather Sneakers by Marc Jacobs - if I saw it in store, I'd probably rub my greedy little hands all over it. Made in an olive tone, the shoes have a contrast leather toe cap, tonal lace up closures as well an embossed logo patch at the tongue. Match it with a pair of denim and white shirt and you've got a winning combo. [$575 SHOP] ...
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12 Nov

Sifr Artisan Footwear Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

Sifr's Faux Ostrich "Daryl" Derby Singapore-based contemporary menswear label Sifr just released their Autumn/Winter 2012 Artisan footwear collection. Featuring a mixture of faux exotic leathers, the technical quality of the shoes are impressive. From faux snake slip-on loafers to faux ostrich lace ups to faux crocodile tassel loafers, the collection is a natural extension of the Sifr's clean aesthetics and signature subtle approach to style. [From SGD 199 SHOP] The Faux Croc "Julian" Tassle Loafer The Faux Croc "Julian" Tassle Loafer Faux Snake "Senior" Slip-On    ...
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11 Nov

Interview with Lester Jones of I Dig Your Sole Man

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Lester Jones is the editor and founder of I Dig Your Sole Man, the world's first sneaker based street blog. I caught up with him one afternoon and asked him about his blog, his photography work - of course - shoes. Lester Jones Homme Styler: You've been around since 2009. What made you start I Dig Your Sole Man? Lester Jones: As a photographer I was looking for a platform to publish something of context on a regular basis. I love street photography, but felt that the market for 'Satorialist' inspired projects was very over-crowded so I thought of looking at things at the other end of the style scale at a more urban level, and thought sneaker culture...
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5 Nov

SKYFALL Style: The Shoes

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If you’re a James Bond fan, then you’re probably just as excited as I am about SKYFALL, the 23rd James Bond film that’s coming out in a few weeks’ time. Naturally, we can expect plenty of action and extended fight scenes from Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem, but I've having watched the trailer (several times now), I’ve also noticed the handsome shoes worn by our favourite British agent. Daniel Craig spotting the Crockett & Jones Highbury After doing some research it turns out that Daniel Craig will be wearing creations from British shoemaker Crocket & Jones. More specifically, amongst the fistfights on train tops in rural Turkey and car chases in Scotland, Mr Bond is donning four pairs...
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1 Nov

Oliver Sweeney Spring Sumer 2013

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There are only a handful of men's shoes brands I keep tabs on from season to season, and one of them is Oliver Sweeney. They recently released their Spring Summer 2013 footwear, featuring updated versions of classics like two-tone brogues and double monk straps. My personal favourite from this season's collection is the woven sandal which I think many guys often dismiss fearing they'll look like Russell Crowe from Gladiator, when in fact they're quite easy to pull off. Take a look through the gallery below.   [SHOP]...
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25 Oct

The Perfect Brogues by Grenson

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One little thing I like about British shoemaker Grenson is that they give their shoes human names. For example, there's the Alice, a polite and study pair of shoes. And then there's the Finton, utilitarian yet classy. For something more rugged, there's the Acklam or Cayton. But of all the shoes Grenson makes, my personal favourite is the Sid brogue. The 'Sid' brogue is a classic, no fuss type of brogue. Made from calf grain for a soft touch, the Sid brogue has a double sole for comfort and extra resilience - not that you'd be kicking them around. This pair of brogues also features a split welt. Overall, this is an instant classic from a traditional shoemaker. [SHOP] ...
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9 Oct

Adidas Match Play Sneakers

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Sometimes all you need are plain white sneakers to go with your jeans and tee. Luckily, Adidas Originals have reissued the Adidas Match Play sneakers – formally the signature shoe of the seventies tennis star Arthur Ashe. From a stroll downtown to having a few drinks in a beer garden, it's the perfect shoe for any casual occasion. Sneaker geeks will love its retro-feel. The creamy white leather and tough rubber sole make this one fine pair of sneakers. [SHOP]...
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