Converse Spring / Summer 2011 Event in Toronto

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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.

Check out all the images on The Shoe Buff Facebook page now! All the pieces showcased are arriving at Converse stockists now.

Clae Spring / Summer 2011 Lookbook

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Clae offers a look at its new footwear designs for Spring / Summer 2011, including the Hockey, Strayhorn and Bruce shoes. Featuring new colourways and styles, they reflect the brand’s commitment to timeless design and evolving classics for the modern man. Classic, casual or sporty, Clae’s got your needs covered.

Barker Black Spring/Summer 2011

Mansell Snuff Barker Black Spring/Summer 2011

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.

Industry of All Nations Espadrilles

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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.

Diesel & Adidas Collaboration Launch Party

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Diesel and Adidas last week hosted a great launch party at the Diesel flagship location in New York City to celebrate the spring 2011 collaborative collection between the two megabrands. A greatfirst look at the five pieces in the collection, and a wonderful event we wish we could have hit up.

Generic Surplus for Comme des Garcons SHIRT Spring / Summer 2011

 Generic Surplus for Comme des Garcons SHIRT Spring / Summer 2011

Our friends at Generic Surplus are moving up in the world, with this collaboration with Comme des Garcons SHIRT for the spring / summer 2011 season! The collaboration between the two lines includes a pair of simple low cut navy canvas sneakers, as well as a mid-rise pair of boat shoes rendered in the same material and shade. Sneakers are here, and boat shoes are here.

Cipher 2011 Collection

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Cipher has just let us know about this upcoming collection that they’ve put together for the 2011 year. The sneaker has still yet to see its design limits truly stretched, but Cipher does its best, with eye popping new designs. The full collection will feature 15 new models for your closet.

Nigel Cabourn for Yuketen Fall / Winter 2011 Collection

Nigel Cabourn for Yuketen Fall   Winter 2011 Collection 01 Nigel Cabourn for Yuketen Fall / Winter 2011 Collection

Nigel Cabourn just does not rest. It was only yesterday that our buddies at Definitive Touch gave us the info on the collab with Eddie Bauer, and today we find out he’s also doing a collaborative collection with Yuketen for fall / winter 2011. We see plenty of wedge heeled boots, with leather and wool uppers, creating a powerful, rustic look.

Lacoste 42 Spring / Summer 2011 Collection

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Lacoste presents four classic styles from its footwear archive for its Spring / Summer 2011 Lacoste 42 collection. Inspired by the 42 yacht created for the brand in 1985, the four styles include the Broadwick Vulc, Cabestan Twin Cup, Chevel High and Rene Lacoste.