Day 2 of Compass – a premiere New York footwear show – is just beginning, and we’ll be live blogging from our ‘Real’ Shoe Buff installation all day, bringing you exclusive looks at footwear collections for Fall/Winter 2011, long before anyone else gets to see them. Yesterday was a huge success, and today is looking to be even better! The sun is shining, the coffee is hot, and the shoes are ready to be showcased.
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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.
Saddle shoes are coming back in a big way, and Florsheim for Duckie Brown is leading the trend with this offering for 2011. Beautifully constructed, the shoe features details like a leather sole fastened to it;s upper with brass tacks. Definitely a favorite here at Compass.
The new ‘Jimmy’ boot from Native Shoes has to be seen – or more to the point, felt – to be believed, since despite being formidable enough to the most unpleasant weather, it’s ultra light. The boot features a canvas upper attached to a traditional rubber sole that extends to offer superior protection from moisture. A Compass exclusive to The Shoe Buff, we can’t wait till this boot drops as part of the Fall/Winter 2011 collection.
Today and tomorrow, the Shoe Buff will be posting live from Compass, a premiere footwear trade show in New York. Having recreated our site in the third dimension, we’ll have coverage of all the brands to keep an eye on in 2011, and exclusives of never before seen designs.
For all those Twitter savvy readers out there, follow @theshoebuff, @EstonianaJones, and @EveryGuyedFemme for the most up-to-date info from the show!
Keeping its shoe side relevant, Prada does its own variant of the shortwing brogue, with this polished offering. An Italian-made black shoe with a stacked rubber sole, the leather uppers showcase a traditional shortwing design, while Prada offers a unique tongue system, allowing you to pick a traditional leather piece, or sneakerlike one. Available online now.
Maison Martin Margiela continues to defy expectations and blow minds with this wood effect shoe. A laceless oxford, the brown leather of this shoe is finished with a wild wood effect design. Made of napa leather and featuring a cap toe design, the shoe is online now.
From Japanese brand Terrem comes the TL-2 wingtip shoe, a wingtip shoe for the modern man. It’s a hard act, trying to find something formal and dressy, yet comfortable, but Terrem has done it. The TL-2 has a thick outer sole for comfort and durability, while the padded tongue and other details give the shoe the wearability and practicality of a sneaker. Get them online now from Dedue.
Virginia releases images of its new Split-Toe Fringe Shoes. As the name suggests, the shoe splits at the beginning of the toe part with a fringe surrounding the upper part of the show. Constructed from brown suede the show comes with leather laces. Clear connections can be made with older Native Indian styled shoes, but can also be preferably worn on the streets for less cultural purposes. Available at BEAMS
New York based designer Heutchy’s strives to perfectly bridge the gap between form and function, casual and formal design, and their new ‘Chukka Boot’ and ‘Derby Shoe’ achieve just that. Made in Italy out of 100% leather, both styles are available in light brown and black at Oak.