Based on what we’re seeing, it looks like the espadrille is going to be the go-to shoe for summer, & Industry of All Nations is throwing their hat in the ring with these beauties. Sticking to the brand’s mission of global sustainability, the shoes are made in Argentina “by the original Alpargatas factory who have been making them for the past 100 years.” These new additions to their espadrille line-up come in denim and white and will biodegrade when you finally decide to cast them away as the mercury drops. Available now online.
Give your shoes a welcomed place to catch some Z’s after a long day’s work in one of these cloth shoe bags by MS & Co. The two-toned design is probably not something you’re used to seeing from generic cloth bags that generally come packaged with a pair of decent quality shoes. Made from 11oz duck canvas and a heavy weight corduroy. Tan leather drawstring cord closure.
If you’ve been putting off purchasing a pair of slippers to traipse around your flat in because you’re used to seeing options like these, we feel your pain. Thanks to Loro Piana, you can break free from those fleecy monstrosities that plague big box retailers and slip into something more luxurious. While advertised as a “plane slipper” these will easily play double-duty as an around the house home for your feet. And bonus, these feature an anti-slip suede sole. So if you spill some milk on the floor, you won’t end up in this situation. Comfort — check. Stylish — check.
Rugby Ralph Lauren have been churning out slippers in velvet, tweed and pretty much every other fabric you can imagine since the brand’s inception. This autumn Rugby has introduced a wool tartan slipper that are benchmade in England by Bowhill & Elliott. Finished with slim cording around the foot opening. Diamond-quilted padded insole. Sturdy leather sole. Made in England.
If you’re making the investment in buying quality hand-crafted shoes, you should be taking proper care of them. With so many shoe care options readily available at drugstores and the like, it is easy just to pick up something more out of convenience than anything else. For those of us looking to fork over a little more cash for a quality shoe kit, you’d be hard pressed to find something better than this set by Edward Green. The one pictured is about a decade-old, and as you can tell it still holds its shape and original luster. It holds a number of different brushes and waxes, as well as replacement laces and heel taps should the need arise.
You can always count on White Mountaineering to bring the patterned clothing game to the next, next level. If you’re looking to give your shoes a sexy playmate, these babies will certainly fit the bill. The socks are made of a nylon blend, and are all made exclusively in Japan.
While there is a great selection of colours and patterns, you’ll want to act fast if you’re interested. A lot of options are already sold out. $54 at UNION.
Happy Socks, Sweden’s most beloved sock makers have just released their fall winter lookbook. Keeping with their fun times, no worries attitude, the collection is a familiar wash of colour, stripes and happiness. Enjoy these pics shot by the famous Bill Gentle, aka “Backyard Bill,” and watch for the new styles in stores this fall.
Oh boy, the espadrille thing is showing itself in a plethora of styles this summer. These latest from WTAPS take a contemporary beach sandal and fit it with the arts and crafts look of the espadrille sole.
Avery simple canvas cross strap design, makes the upper. We have more than a few concerns with the synthetic lining of the straps. One would think a non natural material might get a bit sweaty in the heat. But a utility loop means you can strap them to your pack until you are safely at your relaxation destination. We’re not huge on flip flops around here, but we’ll give these guys a solid 7/10. Available in grey or navy, through Firmament in Berlin.
African cobblers Oliberté have come forth with a desert shoe looking thing, they are calling a deck shoe. Beautiful hand crafted uppers are constructed in pull up leather ensuring a long life and attractive weathering. Called the Narivo, the lightweight, lace up deck shoe is available online.
In a quirky animated video by Nike dubbed “Better World” and narrated by chairman Phil Knight, the company jumps on the global-citizen, eco-friendly train at long last. A brief history and future plans are presented, and we’re glad to see Nike finally bounce back from that sweatshop scandal. Good job Nike, use your powers for good, not evil.