Nike Running continues to push sneaker boundaries with the opening of their groundbreaking Amplify Running Exhibition yesterday at Singapore’s The Stage. The exhibition will be showcasing the many sub-labels and side projects behind the Swoosh, giving Nike fans a peek behind the scenes at this iconic company. Featured displays includes the UNDERCOVER & Nike GYAKUSOU line, F.C.R.B., and Nike Sportswear.The short exhibition takes place between June 15th – 21st, so see it while you can.
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n.d.c. Made by Hand gets a bit more formal with these Fader cap toe derbys. A wonderful pair of open laced shoes, done in waxed suede, these soft shoes are a great bridge between casual and formal footwear. Made in Spain, and available online now.
In addition to the black on black Prescott, Emerald by Element releases a new colorway in its Hampton model for Fall 2011. Featuring a charcoal colorway, the shoes mix a leather and suede upper, with off-white speckled midsoles and matching laces
Barrow and Waverly designs two beautiful shoes exclusively for Leffot this summer, a derby and a desert boot in two light colorways for the warmer months. Handmade in Northamptonshire, both shoes feature welted Brick Dainite soles, while the Barrow desert boot and Waverly derby keep it clean and simple with minimal embellishments and solid coloring. The Barrow is available in Milkshake, and the Waverly is available in Milkshake and White, and both can be found at the Leffot store, 10 Christopher Street, New York, NY.
British to the core, T & F Slack Shoemakers London releases a bright and dandy collection for spring / summer 2011. The company doesn’t stray far from the traditional shoe foundations, but rather, plays with the colors and details of each shoe to give their products that distinct “modern classic” element of their brand.
There’s even the option to customize your shoe, but they’re already so great, we can’t think of anything you’d want to change anyway. One will have to contact them directly through their website to obtain one of these exclusive designs.
Oak Street Bootmakers & Oi Polloi have collaborated on a special version of their popular Vibram Trail oxfords. The upper has been crafted from Horween chromexcel leather, which for those of you who don’t know, is a combination tanned leather that undergoes at least 89 separate processes, taking 28 working days but the results are definitely worth it. The shoe is available now in 2 different shades of brown, and exclusive to Oi Polloi.
Clean, springy, fresh, what more can we say? These Jil Sander derby shoes are a fantastic accompaniment to one’s summer wardrobe. They fit right in with the breezy white button-down and khakis, or a light blazer and dress pants. Think Mediterranean cruise (or private yacht) steeze. Available now at Yoox.
Vans got down with celebrity stylist Robert Verdi to create a line of slip-ons inspired by Verdi’s favourite Hermes scarfs. The famous opulent and even garish patterns on Hermes’ silk scarves are as iconic as Vans themselves. Thus it was only fitting for Vans and Verdi to meet over such a concept. Although not an official Hermes collaboration these slip-ons are simply a bespoke art project between two style minded entities.
Japanese shoe company visvim is known for having some of the most beautifully crafted, environmentally friendly, well-designed shoes in the biz, so we’re pretty excited that they’ve given their popular Hockney-Folk a slight makeover for the better. Consisting of a premium waxed kudu-leather upper and moccasin footwrap construction, this comfortable shoe blurs the lines between boat shoe, moccasin, and even sneaker (when considering the midsole and sole). The new seasons colors include black, navy, brown, light brown and a gorgeous bordeaux. Available now through visvim stockists and by ordering online.
Say hello to the Vans OTW Pritchard-Incense. The ever expanding California shoe company has just released the OTW collection. The line is intended to capture the spirit of sport, art, music and authentic street culture through the design of these fresh new kicks.
The Pritchard-Incense has all the quality for which Vans is known but with the versatility of a dressy casual shoe. Although clearly inspired by the suede oxford craze, The Vans Pritchard-Insence has a mild plimsol look combined with the solid stability of a classic skate shoe. These aren’t your little brother’s Vans. Available online now.