A fundamental feature of any Yuketen collection is dedication to exceptional materials and construction. The offerings for Spring/Summer 2014 definitely do not disappoint on this. The Walker Derby Based on a military-spec designed originally for high ranking officers. This version of the classic round toe Derby is made in the United States, constructed from premium grain leather uppers, welted to an incredibly durable Vibram sole and it is closed with tanned leather laces, topping off an enviable selection of premium materials. Available now at End.
The Grand Brogue from Paul Smith features high shine leather uppers, polished and burnished by hand, with punched long wing brogue detailing and is finished to British-designer’s usual high standards. The chunky rubber soles are held in place with contrasting welt detail and the insole plays host to an embossed insole with logo detail. Available now at End.
One of Britain’s most distinguished boot-makers, Grenson have been in the business of producing the finest men’s footwear since the 19th century. The Sid is a classic long wing brogue that has a slimmer, modern construction when compared to the classic vintage shape. Featuring uppers made from Grenson’s premium hi-shine calf leather and punched brogue detailing, it is finished with an authentic Goodyear welted leather sole.
The Alden Longwing Blucher, known in England as a ‘Derby’ shoe, a classic open-laced design with traditional punched brogue detailing. Hand made with plush Kudo suede uppers, this top quality Blucher sits atop a Goodyear welted stacked sole with lug rubber outsoles and a leather top panel. Created from an Alden “Barrie” last and Made in the USA by hand, you can pick them up now at End.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nike’s Free technology, the Nike Free Superior OG brings back the first 5.0 silhouette, designed with the help of legendary designer Tinker Hatfield. Super light and flexible, this sneaker has the kind of athletic pedigree people expect from Nike, but with a healthy dose of street style. Available now at End.
Mark McNairy gives you three choices of suede footwear with this trio. You’ve got your navy Penny Loafer on a thick rubber sole, your navy Derby and your green Brogue. In typical McNairy fashion, they’re all staple silhouettes injected with a sense of whimsy and sartorial exploration. You can shop all three pairs now at Ssense.
The Lincoln Longwing Brogue from Paul Smith features high shine leather uppers, polished and burnished by hand, with punched long wing brogue detailing and is finished to the British-designer’s usual high standards. The slimline leather soles are held in place with a classic welt and the insole plays host to an embossed insole with logo detail.
From Australian footwear brand Feit comes the “Bio Trainer 1″; a 100% handmade sneaker for Spring/Summer 2014. It is hand sewn from a single piece of vegetable dyed suede or leather and features a buffalo leather footbed that provides padding, absorbs sweat and breathes as it does in nature. After a lengthy design process Feit developed their own 100% natural latex rubber sole made out of the milk of Hevea Brasiliensis (rubber tree). The milk, harvested by hand in France, is poured into steel molds immersed in warm water. After one hour the sole is transferred into a cold water bath. Cold water immersion lasts up to 24 hours and helps to keep the pores open while the material cures. The soles are then placed into a hot air dryer which is lined with hundreds of wooden shelves like that of a bakery. After 24 hours of drying, the soles are re-immersed into cold water for one week until they are trimmed and inspected for imperfections.
This two week journey results in a light and naturally flexible sole that contains no plastic. You can pre-order the “Bio Trainer 1″ from Feit in one of three colorways.
Common Projects quiet revolution on the world of over-designed, cheaply made footwear has seen them develop a fiercely loyal following thanks to their selection of stripped back minimal designs and a focus on quality, utility and craftsmanship. Hand made in Italy using only the finest materials and with meticulous attention to detail, the result is a collection of modern design classics, guaranteed to age beautifully and outlast almost any other sneaker you might find. Available now at End.
With the re-introduction of the iconic adidas Originals Stan Smith silhouette, countless brands are angling to give their respective take on the shoe, with the latest being Opening Ceremony and this “Baseball” edition. Re-designed as a mid-top, this Stan Smith features stitched stripe detailing reminiscent of a baseball. Available in the navy and white colorways pictured, they’ll be available at Opening Ceremony retailers soon.