Ultimate flexibility wins out. It’s advantage Federer in the Nike Free Trainer 5.0. And maybe it’s just us, but doesn’t this seem like a reference to the ‘Fly’ episode of Breaking Bad?
While in Hong Kong, Lester Jones caught up with Alexis Holm the Creative Director behind shoe brand ‘Gram’.
The brand is renowned for it’s clean and elegant approach to shoe design; with timeless styles matched with innovative colourways and patterning, and no style names exist, as each shoe is simply named by it’s weight (shown on the heel detail).
New Balance releases a video that walks viewers through the step-by-step process of shoe production at its Flimby, England factory. The pair of shoes seen in the video are the New Balance 577 “Farmers’ Market” sneakers, which feature tonal green suede and tweed interior, a reflection of its rural England origins.
Co-designers Tinker Hatfield and Josh Heard break down the lightest, most responsive, most technologically advanced Air Jordan of all time: the Air Jordan XX8.
A very cool window display at Portuguese retailer Por Vocacao.
Releasing this past weekend was a limited edition pack of Vans that are exclusive to three cities in Japan. Sendai features a rendition of the Vans Slip On, Tokyo the Vans Chukka and Fukuoka the Vans Era. Choosing to craft the entire upper in corduroy, the silhouettes are accentuated by tonal color-blocking in navy, brown, red forms asymmetrical, but cohesive designs. Details include leather trim and in place of the usual “VANS” logo, a special tab with the name of the shoe’s respective city takes precedence.
Red Wing Shoes has been making shoes since 1905 and the brand is celebrated around the globe for its high quality and durable footwear. As many other leather products, Red Wing shoes need to be cleaned and conditioned every once in a while to ensure they will last longer. Such maintenance however, demands the right knowledge and skill for a good finish.
In online retailer Mr. Porter’s latest Video Manual they speak to Marc Hare – founder of the eponymous shoe label Mr. Hare. Seeing footwear as a “punctuation mark” of an outfit, Hare candidly notes that a pair of shoes is often times what a person notices first on another individual. The exploration into footwear showcases Hare’s love for his profession and the amount of time and effort that goes into crafting something that others believe should last a lifetime should they tend to it with tender loving care.
It’s always interesting to see how something is made, particularly when it comes to a finely made shoe like those produced by ETS Callatay. There are certain things mechanization just can’t account for, & when watching this video – produced by retailer LN-CC – one comes to appreciate the stunning final product that can come out of some simple raw materials & a few key tools in the hands of a skilled craftsman.
As LN-CC says, “These shoes are handmade from start to finish in Paris and all components are sourced in France. The full process from initial design, pattern making, model making and prototype production is run from their Parisian workroom and each pair of shoes takes 25 hours to hand make.” Watch this fantastic video below: