Converse Spring / Summer 2011 Event in Toronto

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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.

Barker Black Spring/Summer 2011

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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 Lake District Pack

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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.

Bagua Krutno

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French footwear brand Bagua shows off the Krutno, the latest and greatest in their line of sneakers. A plimsoll perfect for the warm weather, the Krutno comes in a variety of materials including canvas and seersucker.

Diesel & Adidas Collaboration Launch Party

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Diesel and Adidas last week hosted a great launch party at the Diesel flagship location in New York City to celebrate the spring 2011 collaborative collection between the two megabrands. A greatfirst look at the five pieces in the collection, and a wonderful event we wish we could have hit up.

Civic Duty ‘Shoe for a Cause’

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More than just a name, Civic Duty has created the ‘Shoe for a Cause’, a limited edition sneaker where 100% of the profits go to support Common Ground Relief, a charity that aims to help victims of hurricane disasters in the Gulf Coast Region. A cool shoe with a conscience? That’s something anyone can get behind.

Civic Duty Shoes

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Civic Duty shoes is a socially minded footwear company. Made from Tyvek – a super light material reminiscent of paper – these shoes have a look all to their own. With a minimal design, it’s the small accents that make the shoe – note the argyle trim on the heel.