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 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.
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.
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.
British shoemaker Church’s presents its Spring/Summer 2014 Footwear Collection, bringing the discerning gentleman a fine assortment of silhouettes in various colors and materials. With derbys, oxford and monkstraps represents along with desert boots, the Spring/Summer range pairs luxurious materials like leather and suede with variety of beautiful colorways. Head over to Church’s now to get a look at the full collection.
Prada has officially given us a look at their new ‘Levitate’ Laced Derby from their Fall/Winter 2013 Footwear Collection. The defining characteristic (and namesake) is the full length clear air-cushion sole. Built up of this base is a Nappa leather upper with stitch panel detailing running along each side. Inside the shoe is a soft leather lining and a padded leather footbed. The Levitate Laced Derby is available now at Prada’s boutiques and online store.
Originally designed to meet the needs of US Postal Service workers, the 101 is a sturdy dress oxford, which sits on an extremely comfortable cushion crepe wedge sole. Expertly crafted in the USA using the finest Chaparral leather, the Postman oxford offers exceptional durability and comfort, with classic styling. These Made in the US beauties are available now at End.
British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney brings both classic silhouettes and modern addition to the forefront with their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Brogues, Monkstraps and classic sneakers are all represnted in a variety of colorways and materials. Select items from the featured lookbook are available now at Oliver Sweeney’s online shop.