I’ve been seeing some fantastic boots all over SF recently, piquing my interest to find a pair that I would want for myself. Desert boots came to mind immediately because I find them to be quite versatile while keeping their masculine aesthetic; the same pair of boots could be polished or rugged depending on the fit and styling of your daily ensemble. Some things I look for in an ideal desert boot are rich coloring (I prefer a warm brown), clean/minimal silhouette, and comfort. Admittedly, there are many shoes that qualify, but this collaboration between Velour and Clarks caught my eye with its nubuck woven side panels. It provides a point of interest without compromising on the cleanliness of the overall shoe. For those who prefer a darker, more muted colorway, Velour also offers them in a dark green version.
This post is inspired by a great guy who wore a pair of square-toed dress shoes to dinner with me last week. Now I understand that many guys own one – or several – pairs and would argue that they look damn fine in them, but when I see dressy square-toe shoes like these, I usually look the other way. Of the top 3 things that I abhor in a man’s ensemble, the aforementioned shoes make it to the #1 spot. My preference is for derbys, oxfords, and cap toes. Their sleeker, slimmer styling enhances a man’s silhouette rather than distract from it. I love a smart, modern round toe!
Mr. Porter currently carries nice options for those who want something a bit more extraordinary but still work appropriate. Difficult to see the details in the photo, but the Miller Patent Toe Cap Shoes by Mr. Hare (left, link) are perhaps my favorite dress shoes of all time. Handmade in Italy, these black oxfords feature a patent leather toe cap along with raised panels on the heels and sides. The Tasseled Leather Derbys from Gucci (right, link) are fantastic as well. The tasseled laces add the right touch of flair to the otherwise minimalist shoe, giving them maximum sophistication without compromising on the fun. Both pairs are conservative enough for a work environment, but also hip enough if you want to wear them with jeans or a night out. Square-toes on the other hand, are not appropriate for any occasion.
I love my Chuck Taylor Slims to death, but I might need to trade them in for a pair these pronto. Available right now from Kith NYC, the iconic Chucks have been given an upgrade with premium calf skin leather. It also features contrasting off-white leather foxing and a matching toecap. White on white on white. This is a pair of shoes that you will want to keep as white as that bright smile of yours. I absolutely love the tan leather branding patch detail to complete the look, and in some ways, this is what actually make the shoes for me. Craving them to complete my summer nautical look already!
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Red must be on my mind because of the 4 items I favorited from Oki-Ni’s latest arrivals, 3 of them happen to contain red or a hint of red. I love the square-fronted collar detail on the Marc Jacobs T (top left). The red/white stripes are a nice alternative to my usual navy/white striped favorites. The Uniform Wares 200 Series watch (top right) is everything I want a watch to be – it even has a discrete date display! The Hybrid Rec Sneakers by Common Projects (bottom left) is a mash up of the Derby shoe with a sneaker sole – casual luxury goes a long way. And finally, given my current obsession with cool stacked bracelets, the M. Cohen 4 Wrap Sterling Silver Waxed Cord (bottom right) is a perfect addition to my decorated wrist.
From top left, these items can be found here, here, here, and here.
My friend, Danny, is probably not going to be thrilled by this post because he’s trying to cop a pair of these limited kicks for himself this coming Friday (so if you are planning to get to it before he can, please stop reading now). Featuring a salmon-colored (aka Rose Gold) suede upper, grey with baby blue accents on the stripes, and the classically clean looks of the GT-II, this collaboration between Ronnie Fieg and Asics is an understated but desirable shoe that’s not to be missed. Despite the somewhat uncommon colorway, it can be easily worn as a modern neutral to replace my usual greys, blacks, and browns. They go on sale this Friday at the Brooklyn and Manhattan locations. For those of you not in NYC, you can also get them at KITH online (link here) for $130/pair.
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New year. New resolutions. This year, I’d like to be just a tad bit more active. I’m not talking about just going to the gym, but incorporating it into every day things like walking to the store instead of driving. I think it will be relatively easy to accomplish this goal in a city where public transportation is readily available (and mostly reliable). These new kicks from Nike will be a great pair of shoes to bring along on this journey with me. They look great as a cool, casual city shoe, but function like a comfortable athletic shoe. They’ll even be great for getting to/from work – for those who work in a more formal business setting. You can wear these with your slacks/suit, and they won’t stand out in a bad way like your favorite (but possibly ugly) running shoes will.
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I love boots, but I often find them to be too heavy, especially for walking as much as I am usually required to in a city like San Francisco. The new Jack Purcell Moccasin Hi from Converse Japan solves this problem for me as a sneaker-boot hybrid. Available in brown (pictured above) or black, each shoe features tweed and leather-accented uppers and the traditional Converse rubber sole. Shaped like a boot with the sensibilities of a sneaker, this is simply a match made in heaven.
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Originally worn by the Japanese delegation at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympic Games, the Sunotore was made to withstand extremely cold temperatures and treks through snowy conditions. There are a few great colorways and variations being offered for the new F/W 2011 collection. Pictured above is the wild dove/castelrock colorway. I love the tweed collar on top of the nylon and leather upper. The patterned laces add a nice touch on the details. The creme brulee/jester red (here) and the lead grey/chestnut (here) colorways are quite strong as well. And while these are a winter shoe, you definitely don’t have to live in freezing conditions to enjoy them.
It’s hard to think about anything but flip flops when it’s 80+ degrees in the Bay Area today, but in a place where the temperature can vary by 15 – 20 degrees at a moment’s notice, it’s definitely not too early to be thinking about outfitting my feet for the cooler seasons. These Air Royal Mids from Nike caught my attention with their interesting combo of knit and suede materials. They bring to mind the coziness of fall/winter dressing, which is the main reason for why they are my favorite seasons of the year. Probably won’t hold up well in the rain – and I wonder if the knit material will fuzz up like how sweaters can sometimes get – but a great pair of shoes nonetheless.
I’ve been having a love affair with classic shoes lately. I think it has something to do with the fact that I’ve been feeling a bit more low key. These 1400 sneakers from New Balance fits my current mood with its simple, modern silhouette. Now in brand new colorways exclusive to J.Crew, these suede top kicks (previously only available in Japan!) are now just a few clicks and a credit card away. The pair featured above are in military grey and can be purchased here from the J.Crew online site.
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