Converse was kind enough to invite the Shoe Buff to the press event for its spring / summer 2011 event in Toronto. A gorgeous event at the Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street West, Converse showcased all their current collaborations, including the DC comics line, the John Varvatos collaborations, the new mainline Chucks, and the wide new selection of Jack Purcells.
Check out all the images on The Shoe Buff Facebook page now! All the pieces showcased are arriving at Converse stockists now.
Magnanni offers some distinct depth of colour and subtle sheen with these “Lamas’ derby shoes. Constructed of hand-tinted calfskin, they promise flexible comfort and elegant style. The carbon navy shoes with red inner feature stitching detail around the toe, and are available online now.
Take a look at this new zipper high top sneaker from Givenchy for Spring / Summer 2011. The all-white crisp high-top is made of leather with a rubber sole, and features an oversized tongue held in place by a long wraparound strap with gold zipper detailing. Available online now.
Adidas Originals has released this ZX 700 boat shoe, which combines elements of its ZX 700 lifestyle runner with the moccasin upper of a boat shoe. Another distinguishing detail of the unique creation is its multi-coloured lining. The brown shoes feature black laces and white outer soles.
Look for them at Adidas Originals retailers.
Yuketen offers these fine Johnson oxford shoes for Spring / Summer 2011. Featuring beautiful brown vegetable tanned leather, intricate brogue detailing and a Vibram sole, they’re a great and versatile shoe for day to day wear. This handsome pair of shoes is available online now.
Lanvin puts its best foot forward with these Richelieu dress shoes. The black matte and patent leather shoes feature a round tapered toe with curved half cap, leather sole and stacked heel. The Italian-made lace-ups are finely detailed, with tone on tone stitching and raised seam detail on the outer side. Available online.
Clae offers a look at its new footwear designs for Spring / Summer 2011, including the Hockey, Strayhorn and Bruce shoes. Featuring new colourways and styles, they reflect the brand’s commitment to timeless design and evolving classics for the modern man. Classic, casual or sporty, Clae’s got your needs covered.
If the devil truly is in the details, English shoemaker Barker Black is making their candidacy for Lord of the Underworld known with this preview of their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. With three distinct styles – a leather high-top, silk or linen embroidered slipper, and suede moccasin – set for release in March of this year, the storied English brand has taken over a century of experience in making the highest quality shoes and applied the knowledge, technique, and materials to the more casual fare we see here.
Although the myriad of details, and the craftsmanship implicit in them are too numerous to cover in this preview (trust us, we’ve seen them first hand), rest assured you should be keeping at eye out for this collection at Barker Black locations, Barker Black online, and for more detailed coverage of the individual shoes at Shoe Buff as they come to market.
New Balance celebrates the north of England with this newly released Lake District Pack. Each shoe in the pack celebrates a different part of the district, from the leather and sailcloth Derwent Water model, to Scafell Pike which features hiking laces, or the St. Bees, with canvas and rope detailing to celebrate its namesake coastline.
The Lake District pack hits select New Balance stockists on February 11th, 2011.
Industry of All Nations has produced this new espadrille, an ethically produced lightweight summer shoe. Made in Uruguay of pure cotton and jute, these shoes are entirely biodegradable, making them an ethical fit. Made by the same factory since 1907, these are a wonderful bit of eco-conscious design.