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.
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.
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.
Radii shows off this video lookbook for the spring 2011 collection, entitled ‘Preppy’. Tapping into the image of the clean cut, mature young gent, the collection is more understated, with a sharp look that would look at home with sockless feet paired with cuffed khakis.
We’ve been seeing a lot of Fall/Winter collections here at Compass, but the fact remains that Spring is just around the corner, and Eastland ‘Made in Maine’ has got your covered with this fantastic new boat shoe. Featuring an amazing combination of navy and kelly green leathers, the details are what makes the shoe, including white leather laces and a white sole.
J. Crew has been seriously upping it’s game as of late, and their latest Spring release with New Balance is no exception. Expanding on the classic 1400 model without overshadowing it, these shoes are crafted in Maine and come in some pretty appealing colorways. Get yours at J. Crew
Generic Surplus rings in a new month of a new year with the release of the spring 2011 edition of their Borstal sneaker. A canvas sneaker great for those days in the sun, the Borstal features contrast piping, which adds some flavor to the shoe. Available online, and at Generic Surplus stockists now, including UNDFTD, and Bloomingdale’s.
Pro-Keds has just dropped us a line to let us know about the first delivery of its spring 2011 line. Pro-Keds has leather version of the Royal Plus for the colder weather and sportier types, while us casual types waiting for the warm weather are happy to see the 96er Low sneaker done up in nylon as well as leather. Available at Bloomingdale’s and online now.
With an emphasis on craftsmanship, Brooklyn-inspired design outfit Bed|Stu has amassed a well deserved cult following of individuals that appreciate the classic techniques and materials that go into these shoes. Competitively priced, and with styles ranging from traditional deck shoes to high fashion boots, Bed|Stu footwear is sure to leave an impression. Available for purchase via Bed|Stu.com