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.
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.
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.
Nike must really be enjoying their sneaker icon status, what with painters now centering artwork around their shoes. Oil painter Joe DeLorenzo may be the new kid on the block in terms of sneaker art, but he’s certainly caught our attention. A Philadelphia-based artist, he takes a more realistic approach to the kicks, making his paintings closer to fine sneaker art (is there such a thing? maybe there is now…) than street art.
If you’ve been desperately searching for a socially acceptable flip flop to wear this summer, check out these wood plank printed flip flops by Toddland. These sandals manage to be quirky yet understated, using the classic molded rubber flip flop shape with printed detailing, and the Toddland logo badge at the strap. Summer’s finally upon us, so run over to any Urban Outfitters or visit their online store to get your go-to beach shoe.
Possibly one of the most frustrating things a company can do in the 21st century is neglect to make their products available online, which is why the launch of Gourmet Shoes‘ new online store has us practically cheering. Not only does it utilize a clean-cut, easily navigate-able design, but the online store is also surprisingly sophisticated considering it’s recent launch. One can just hover over each shoe for basic information, click on it for more details and bigger pictures, while the navigation menu stays in one place no matter where you go on the site. Visit it and start shopping today at Gourmetfootwear.com.