Lately it seems like camo has been popping up everywhere and on everything ranging from shirting, backpacks, pant linings and even outerwear. So naturally it would only seem fitting to have this pattern applied to footwear, right? And who better to bring this style to life other than resident camo expert himself, Nick Wooster. The collection done in collaboration with Leffot features two distinct styles — a brogue cap toe boot and a wingtip — both made by English shoe marker Alfred Sargent. In addition to the rugged camouflage suede, they also feature triple leather soles.
Bally has once again set a standard with their next line of iconic footwear for Fall/Winter 2011. Now offering a bespoke Scribe service where every shoe is unique and made according to the desires of the customer. You can also select from their extensive archive collection with an array of materials and colourways to choose from. Each pair comes with Goodyear welting, hand-dyed leather uppers and full leather lining with the Bally crest embossed inside.
Creative Recreation is gearing up to channel their inner Soulja Boy with their “All-Black Everything Pack” collection. Styles include two familiar models (Satoro, Dio) and newer styles (Baretto, Cicero). Features include durable buffalo leather, gusset tongues, and solid rubber outsoles. Available at retailers such as Zappos, Revolve Clothing, and Dr. Jays.
A few weeks ago the good people over at Urshuz sent a pair of their ‘Brax’ shoes our way to test out. Now, most people might ask why you would need to ‘test’ a shoe: but then again, most people have probably never experienced something like Urshuz.
Unlike traditional shoe design, where you have an upper permanently fastened to a sole, Urshuz features an interchangeable sole attached via a proprietary ‘looping’ system. The result is the ability to mix uppers of various colors & styles with various soles in nearly unlimited combinations.
We admit we had our reservations about how this system might function in daily use, but we have to say we found the shoe incredibly comfortable in every situation. Admittedly, the ‘some assembly required’ aspect of the shoe threw us off for a second (you have to fasted the sole to the upper yourself), but after a minute of playing around with it, the prospect of attaching & removing soles as you desire poses no problem.
Our Brax model featured a full-grain leather upper with hand-sewn toe panel, cutting a great silhouette & marrying well with the cork-toned soles they provided us with. We removed & reattached the soles several times & never experienced an issue with the system, in fact, we found the ability to remove the sole a huge benefit when packing these away for travel, since disassembled they take up a fraction of the space a traditional shoe would.
All in all, we loved the idea behind Urshuz, & were pleased to find that in practice the shoe is as comfortable & convenient as it in in theory. You can shop their entire collections of uppers & soles at Urshuz Online.
Run of The Mill are giving the people what they want… in terms of shoes, that is. Given the response of last season’s offerings, the boys have gone above and beyond this fall offering not one but five new styles. There’s two versions of the sand suede double monk (one on a crepe sole and one on a Dainite sole), a beautiful suede tassel loafer in a rich cola colour, a scotch grain double monk on a Vibram lug sole and a sand suede chukka on Dainite sole. Once they go live, expect the pre-order to be up for a month. Follow the noise here and here.
Superdenim recently paid a visit to Tricker’s storied Northampton, England factory. A UK shoemaker for nearly two centuries, Tricker’s still makes its footwear to the same exacting standards, & by hand, just as they did when they first started in 1829. Check out the complete factory tour images below.
The Adidas collaborative project Consortium returns after a brief hiatus to deliver a back to basics aesthetic. The collection consists of a palette of natural white tones finished in premium materials. Models include the Pro Shell, Decade, ZX 500, Matchplay and BC. All of the materials used to produce these shoes are kept raw and natural to stick as close to their original predecessors as possible.
If someone told me Supreme was set to collaborate with Clarks for a collection of boots, I wouldn’t have pictured looking them as slick as they do. While Supreme has already collaborated with veteran shoe pioneers Clarks back in April 2011, it was strictly for a Desert Chukka design. This fall’s collection offers a variety of clean lined boots in a wide selection of colours. I have to admit I’m partial to the brown leather pair, though.
In case you’re wondering, the branding is kept to a minimum; a tiny embossed Supreme logo and a red eyelet detail hint at the collaboration without being all distasteful with logo placements. They retail for around $330 USD.
Up-and-comers Ovadia & Sons have been setting the bar really high as of late. Almost every piece in their autumn/winter ’11 collection is a true gem. From the slim trousers, colourful cords, double monks (suede and pebbled leather), and everything in between, the brothers are giving you no excuses not to look your best this fall. If they continue to churn out products of this calibre, I think it’s safe to say these guys have a bright future ahead of them.
View the whole collection here.
The concept of visiting the evolution of Bally’s history in 160 seconds is intriguing in itself. But when you factor in a highly stylized video that takes the viewer back to the company’s roots in 1851 to the present time, you can virtually see how the company naturally progressed over the years. 160 years as a company is certainly something to celebrate.