Fred Perry offers these Coxson canvas plimsoll sneakers, a great choice for summer. The Lightweight, low profile lace-ups consist of simple canvas uppers with corded laces and contrast stitching, and are branded with an embroidered logo wreath at the heel. Finished with a smooth rubber midsole and textured, gum rubber sole, you can get them online.
Los Angeles retailer Union, designer Mark McNairy, and British shoemaker Sanders and Sanders have teamed up once again to bring us yet another fantastic shoe, the New Amersterdam Country Mix Brouge. A remarkable amount of variety was incorporated into the shoe, with the upper consisting of a mix of pebble and waxy leather in two rich colors, and a rugged, commando sole.
A fun formal shoe, it is available for purchase exclusively through the Union online store.
It’s a term which we have only begun to explore in men’s footwear. The rope sole of the espedrille is one which has driven the summer look of many women’s styles for the last few seasons. Now the boys have a chance to try the arts and crafts look of the famous tropical espedrille, with these Jeremy Sultan models made exclusively for Opening Ceremony. Coming in canvas or leather called the ‘Sespa’ or an all suede desert boot, these two models of espedrilles have just the right amount of manliness for us.
Espedrilles tend to have a natural frayed look to them, so they’re not the most formal shoes but as a beach to street hybrid, we think they can’t be beat. Available online.
English shoemakers Alden have collaborated with American label Unionmade to produce these traditional penny loafers, made exclusively for Unionmade. Modeled after the classic leisure loafer, the shoe features a snuff suede upper lined in leather, and a red brick sole. Special details includes the Goodyear welt in at the heel, and cutout strap in the front. Available now through the Unionmade website.
This is not the first time Italian company, Diemme has mixed the traditions of a dressy upper with the look and performance of a sneaker sole. With these surprisingly fetching Asolo Wings, Diemme uses a suede, brogue wing tip as the basis of the structure and completes the bottoms with a simple white, gum sole reminiscent of a Vans Era. The Asolo Wings are leather lined and feature cord laces. Perhaps a bit steep at $327(USD), they can be purchased online now.
Christian Louboutin continues to roll out more variations of his edgy Rollerboy Spikes shoe design for Fall 2011. This time, the shoe takes a turn towards the ostentatious (as if the spikes weren’t enough), with a gold studded and leopard-print upper. The upper is crafter from pony hair, with red accents around the ankle as the finishing touch. They are now available through the Louboutin website.
American footwear makers Yuketen has designed the new Maine Guide Strap Shoe for eager outdoorsmen looking to enjoy the warmer weather in nature. Similar to their traditional Maine Guide Boot, the strap shoe features a lower cut, and combines elements of street style (the strap) with Yuketen’s iconic rugged look. The shoe is available now through Triads.
Known more for outlandish colours and patterns set a against an urban aesthetic, BAPE has just released its version of the iconic creeper. Made famous by England’s Teddy Boys of the 1950s, creepers have been a footwear anchor amongst punk and rock n roll enthusiasts for over a half century. In adopting this design format, BAPE attempts to position itself towards a whole new audience. But by ignoring the elevated image of a traditional creeper foam sole, and going with more of a sneaker look, BAPE ensures its version is not only unique but in line with its existing clientle’s tastes. The Creep Sta is an interesting and fresh take on a timeless classic.
Available through BAPE retailers.
The sole and panel structure keep to the original design, however the uppers of the “Palladenim,” are made from 12oz raw selvedge indigo denim, taken directly from Mr. Freedom’s archive stock. With a striped, cotton twill lining, hand stamped labeling and a custom molded ankle bumper, footwear and vintage enthusiasts alike will be taking notice of these gorgeous limited edition boots. Available online now.
(Check out this interview with Christophe Loiron of Mr. Freedom about the project.)
Opening Ceremony and Soludos have collaborated to product a small yet notably fun collection of espadrilles for the summer. The shoes feature four different, brightly colored patterns for the upper, thin woven midsoles, and handstitched detailing. Comfortable yet vibrant, get your pair quickly so your feet can finally enjoy the warmer weather. The shoes are available now through the Opening Ceremony website and other select retailers.