It’s Labor Day, which means we can put away those boat shoes and plimsolls and really start looking at heavy boots, such as these chunk boots by KG by Kurt Geiger. Heavy stitching along the toe gives this boot a really hard-core vibe, while contrast suede uppers tone down the shoe’s edge, making it a beautiful fall boot. Available at ASOS now.
Labor Day is nearly here, and just in time for your switch to fall fashions, SeeVees releases their fall 2010 line. Inspired by the spirit of the 1960s and the California rebel spirit that helped shape the decade, SeaVees helps you keep your spirit warm though the weather is cold. The collection is available online here.
We’re getting one last blast of heat in the offices before the summer ends, and we’re ditching the boat shoes in favor of Espadrilles, like these off-white Pablo 123s by Castaner. Stylish but perfect for those horrible heat waves, go ahead and pair them with some good lightweight madras shorts and a good white shirt and survive this heat. Available at Coggles.
We don’t cover many sneakers on The Shoe Buff, but believe us when we say these open limited sneakers made by Undercover for Zozovilla are worth seeing. It’s the Japanese take on the Chuck Taylor, with a fashion-forward twist. The uppers are all leather, the laces are dropped, industrial branding is added, and a leather strip is added to the heel. The result is a man’s fashion sneaker – one worth wearing. Available online now.
Red Wing Shoes gives its classic Moc Toe boot a new lease on life with this exciting Maize Mustang color redo. Workboots need revitalizing sometimes, and this bright colorway is just the thing to do it, giving the shoe a new dimension you never considered before. All the Red Wing quality you expect with a welted vibram sole and 100% leather upper is still here, just in a bright new coloration. Available at Tres Bien.
If you’re one of those who love the boat shoe look, and are worrying about what to do once the temperature drops, Cole Haan has you set, with the Claremont Camp moc. A classic gentleman’s shoe perfect for the fall and spring, the Claremont retains the rawhide laces of the boat shoe, but adds a wooden sole and reinforced eyelets that makes these more city than country. Available from Cole Haan in two colorways.
H by Hudson goes for a workingman’s brogue and hits the mark with these brown Gladstone cap-toed derbies. While the brogue might give you the affectation of a dandy, the hard, thick leather, rubber studded sole, and bubble toe give this shoe all the hallmarks of a shoe meant to be worn from the home to the streets, to the office floor, the pub, and back again. Available from Aphrodite.
Fly London doesn’t just know dress shoes, but casual as well, releasing this perfect boat shoe as part of its Hobart line. What’s not to love? The soft leather uppers mean the break-in time is at a minimal, while the thick leather laces and big reinforced eyelets are signs of true quality. The rich two-tone color is perfect for the cottage too, so order a pair now from gravitypope for the last days of the summer.
Fred Perry gets all romantic on us, with the release of the Byrons, mid-rise chukka sneakers in Iris leaf suede. Everyone’s got a bit of Byron in them – some of us more than others – and these suede chukkas are the perfect combination of style and adventure. They’d look just as good drinking in the streets of London or marauding around Athens, so go on, get a bit of Byron in you. Available from Revolve.
The Brooklyn Circus emailed to brag about the fact that they’ve landed exclusive American distribution rights to the Tricker’s Malton tan brogue boot. Show offs. But then again, we’d brag about this kind of a coup too. Handmade English calf leather on a Goodyear welted sole makes these shoes tough, while the Tricker’s tradition and craftsmen punch beautiful wingtip patterns into the toes. Available exclusively through The Brooklyn Circus in stores and online, we can only hope they’re not too smug about this whole ‘exclusivity’ thing.