Another interesting release is coming from Stussy this week. The California brand teamed up with outdoor sport sandals manufacturer from San Diego Chubasco on the ‘Aztec’ Sandal for Summer 2012. Reminding us of the Nike Woven styles, the sandal comes in two colorways and will release on May 24th, 2012.
Deluxe collaborates with shoe maker Loake for Spring/Summer 2012. Together the two present two suede penny loafers – one coming in black/blue, the other one in brown, both featuring a Crepe outer sole and contrasting stitching on the upper. Look out for these at Deluxe retailers this week.
Japanese outfit SASQUATCHfabrix. has produced a great sandal for when the mercury rises in the form of this ‘Japonism’ model. The sandal features a wicker base, with contrasting black piping forming the upper straps as well as the ‘outsole’. It’s an interesting design, part ancient Japanese heritage, part chunky modernist fashion piece. Not for everyone, its definitely a unique piece for the summer sartorialist. The ‘Japonism’ sandal from SASQUATCHfabrix. will retail for $2,670 HKD (around $343 USD).
Cult Palm Beach label Stubbs & Wootton is renowned for its elegant yet quirky velvet slippers, like this handsomely handmade velvet pair embroidered with a shark’s jaw and crown motif. Inspired by a whimsical tale of the Duke of Windsor’s narrow escape from a shark attack thanks to his quick-thinking pugs, this off-beat design is sure to dispel any stuffy connotations. Handmade in Spain.
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.
MS & Co. are filling the void of limited options when it comes to mocc socks. While you can easily find white and black ones at many large big box retailers, it’s relatively harder to find options as simple as grey. And while the white and black styles available generally disguise the fact that you’re wearing socks, they can sometimes peak out around the sides of your shoes. If you’ve experienced this, you know what I’m talking about. The nice thing about grey is that it’s not as stark as white; and in the event they do show slightly when you’re wearing a lighter pair of shoes, they’ll won’t be as noticeable as black or white.
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.