Alongside Sir Edmund Hillary, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the journey to the top of the world’s highest mountain in none other than a pair of Bally Reindeer-Himalaya boots. To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the famed first ascent, Bally put together a small collection of premium footwear. First up, the rather dramatic deerskin Himalaya boot returns, made-to-order from select Bally Stores, the centre-piece of the line-up. On the more wearable end of the scale, the beautiful Vincens Alpine Boot. A play on classic hiking footwear, a tough boot with an elegant build, available to purchase now alongside a women’s Hillary hiking boot. Head to the gallery where we preview the collection and take a look at some archive images below.
Vans’ rich heritage comes to life in the fall installment of the Van Doren Series. With a storied past dating back to 1966, Vans reissues some of its most popular prints across an assortment of Classics. Fall 2013 presents a seven-piece offering featuring the Authentic, Era and Sk8-Hi Reissue. Each pair is constructed with 8 oz. canvas and branded with the original Van Doren heel tab as a tribute to the early days of Vans. The Vanosaur, tribal surf, maze, leopard, checker and aloha patterns resurface for next run of the Van Doren Series but only for a limited time. The fall 2013 Van Doren Series arrives this June at select Vans accounts.
Japanese brand Rain Man has taken to task the problem of how to look good when the rain starts falling. So often, fashion and function just can’t go hand-in-hand when it comes to a healthy downpour, which is why we’re amazed to learn that Rain Man’s styles are all highly waterproof and durable beyond typical footwear in this style. A leather-like material on the upper, moulded from two pieces and sealed throughout provides some seriously unparalleled fashionable fortitude against the elements; styles like Oxfords, Derbys and Brogue boots are stylish and elegant enough to wear almost anywhere. Though currently their retail outfits are only in Japan, you can shop online at Rain Man.
adidas SLVR makes use of the sportswear companies new Primeknit technology to introduce two versions of their "Campus' silhouettes. CL-Primeknit features a black and white primeknit woven upper set on a simple white rubber sole, giving this highly tech-heavy shoe a more casual aesthetic. More in-your-face is the AR-Primeknit, a high-top shoe that blends both a running shoe and a high-cut boot for a totally unique look. Featuring the same Primeknit upper, we couldn't help but notice the "1/300" printed on the tongue, perhaps indicating a highly limited release. Look for the collection at adidas SLVR retailers worldwide.
Dr Martens present their Spring/Summer 2013 collection with a smart lookbook video. Looking back towards their iconic appropriation by groups like the punks and skins of 70′s Britain, Dr. Martens feature Fred & Nick of Pulse Films for the video. ”Tribes are not just premised solely on style, but also by substance. A shared attitude, a spirit, an instinct. For many, their first pair of Dr. Martens is both a statement of self expression and a stamp of belonging. An individual style, connected by a united spirit.”
Vans California has you set for Spring with the release of their colorful ‘Brushed Twill’ collection of sneakers. Featuring the Era and Prison Issue silhouettes, each sneaker is lined with a sturdy brushed twill and lined with a micro-herringbone pattern. The Era presents a two-tone colorblock in: Biking Red/Stellar, Blue/Aluminum, Ermine/Ginger and Pearl/Green. Leather laces cross white eyelets to finish off each of the four offerings. The Velcro-strapped Prison Issue is available in Cayenne and Tea colorways for Spring 2013. The Brushed Twill editions of the Era and Prison Issue are available now at select Vans California Collection retailers.
Denmark-based Wood Wood has moved into the footwear market with their first line of shoes for Spring 2013. No stranger to making shoes through collaboration with companies like Nike and Pointer, Wood Wood have elected to bring their own aesthetic unaltered to this Spring 2013 offering.
With offerings for both men and women, the collection features more casual footwear, combining street-ready elements with refined detailing and styling for a thoughtfully casual look. We’re still waiting on pricing information, but the shoes should start to hit he market within the next few weeks.
Thom Browne’s designs are always a highlight for the fashion-addicted, and his Spring/Summer 2013 footwear offering is reason to see why. The New York designer has steadily grown his footwear offering over the last few seasons and this year is no exception, with a refined but substantial offering featuring penny loafers, broques and more traditional dress pieces. Hand made from the highest quality materials, these shoes – much like his entire SS 2013 range – has been described as “Preppy on acid” and we’re inclined to agree. Classic pieces are turned on their head using bright colors or materials, but the key is that Browne’s deft eye doesn’t distort the original silhouette and the results are all the better for it. Expect these pieces to hit Thom Browne retailers by March 2013.
Gourmet shoes gives us a look at their expansive offering for Spring/Summer 2013, a decidedly clean selection of sneakers to see you into the warmer months. Fairly heavy on low-top silhouettes, the collection emphasizes a minimalist aesthetic when it comes to silhouettes design, instead using patterns like various camouflages, embossed leathers, patterned cotton and crocodile skin to give the shoes their variety and lasting impression. Check out the full collection in the gallery below and expect these to hit Gourmet retailers worldwide in the coming weeks.
Coveted footwear brand Yuketen releases this look at their upcoming wares for Spring/Summer 2013 with a lookbook shot in the streets of Chichen Itza. Having named the brand for the Yucatan region of Mexico, this lookbook locale is a particularly apt choice and provides a perfect backdrop for the brand’s signature footwear. The collection features moccasins, sandals, oxfords and even a few backpacks.