Leather and suede combine to create the Mojave Desert boot, a tough little number from J Shoes. A classic chukka with a suede trim running up the heel of the boot, and a natural crepe sole, the Mojave features doubled laces and a cushioned insole for support and comfort. You can find the Mojave online now.
Salvatore Ferragamo goes for a classic, businesslike look with the Lionel, a crisp black leather loafer. With a classic low stacked heel, and penny loafer style design, the Italian made shoe is a real charmer. A comfortable shoe perfect for the office, and available online now.
Converse was kind enough to invite the Shoe Buff to the press event for its spring / summer 2011 event in Toronto. A gorgeous event at the Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street West, Converse showcased all their current collaborations, including the DC comics line, the John Varvatos collaborations, the new mainline Chucks, and the wide new selection of Jack Purcells.
If the devil truly is in the details, English shoemaker Barker Black is making their candidacy for Lord of the Underworld known with this preview of their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. With three distinct styles – a leather high-top, silk or linen embroidered slipper, and suede moccasin – set for release in March of this year, the storied English brand has taken over a century of experience in making the highest quality shoes and applied the knowledge, technique, and materials to the more casual fare we see here.
Although the myriad of details, and the craftsmanship implicit in them are too numerous to cover in this preview (trust us, we’ve seen them first hand), rest assured you should be keeping at eye out for this collection at Barker Black locations, Barker Black online, and for more detailed coverage of the individual shoes at Shoe Buff as they come to market.
New Balance celebrates the north of England with this newly released Lake District Pack. Each shoe in the pack celebrates a different part of the district, from the leather and sailcloth Derwent Water model, to Scafell Pike which features hiking laces, or the St. Bees, with canvas and rope detailing to celebrate its namesake coastline.
The Lake District pack hits select New Balance stockists on February 11th, 2011.
Industry of All Nations has produced this new espadrille, an ethically produced lightweight summer shoe. Made in Uruguay of pure cotton and jute, these shoes are entirely biodegradable, making them an ethical fit. Made by the same factory since 1907, these are a wonderful bit of eco-conscious design.
Radii shows off this video lookbook for the spring 2011 collection, entitled ‘Preppy’. Tapping into the image of the clean cut, mature young gent, the collection is more understated, with a sharp look that would look at home with sockless feet paired with cuffed khakis.
From the team at Paul Smith Jeans comes the Oswald, a simple brown pair of trainers. The Oswald may be a simple design, but don’t let looks deceive you, as the Oswald features soft leather outers detailed with Paul Smith multi stripe, and feature the same detailed insole as on PS Mainline shoes. Available online now.
French footwear brand Bagua shows off the Krutno, the latest and greatest in their line of sneakers. A plimsoll perfect for the warm weather, the Krutno comes in a variety of materials including canvas and seersucker.
Stay on top of your business wear with the LaSalle, a new apron toed derby from Allen Edmonds. A classic open laced shoe with soft leather and all-American construction, this shoe is a simple, inoffensive option perfect for anybody’s office. Available online in black or brown.