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.
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.
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.
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.
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.