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.
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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Classic white canvas Chucks rank as one of my all time favorite shoes for guys. They are simple, functional shoes that look great with jeans, khakis, shorts, you name it. From this classic, Converse has teamed up with Barney’s to create an exclusive perforated leather version just in time for summer. At $125 each, they are offered in black and red, but the white version (pictured above) are the ones I would snatch up. If you’re looking something a bit cheaper, these Converse also offers a slimmed down version on their site that I absolutely LOVE. $50 for the canvas version here and only $15 more for the leather version (!) here.
Take away full grain black leather, add in snake skin wraparound, and the classic Sambas transforms from the popular indoor soccer shoe to trendy (and fancy) kicks for the street. The golden hue can actually be quite a neutral color and can be matched with earthy tones for a muted effect or blacks + brights for that extra “pop.” Very nice looking and versatile shoe.
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My heart has literally expanded to double its original size, so much is my love for these shoes. Simply beautiful pieces of work with the contrast stitching, smooth brown leather, and of course, my beloved Pendleton wool. They are currently on sale at Bows & Arrows, although at last check, the hi-tops were sold out. Do not despair, however, here is a list of other Vans Vault retailers where you may be able to find a pair.