We’ve really got a soft spot for a gorgeous shoe with a twist. As much as we love a great pair of loafers or wingtips, sometimes you just want to wear something a little different than anyone else. Sometimes you’ll stand out with your jacket, shirt, or trousers, but never underestimate footwear’s ability to help you look stylish without going overboard. If you share this desire with us, then we would like to point you in the direction of Mr. Hare. These Italian-made shoes have that tongue-in-check attitude, but won’t you leave you looking like a jokester. We’re loving their Spring/Summer 2010 collection, as it is a real breath of fresh air from what we usually see guys wearing in the warmer months. In an interview he did with Selectism, Mr. Hare said, “My SS10 collection is named ‘Hot Steppers’ and all the styles are named after dancehall generals who have burnt down dancehalls all around the equator. Cachao, King Tubby, Phil Spector, J.Dilla, Jerry Lee Lewis etc. So yeah – don’t test the champion sound.”
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We were having a talk about whether having a uniform was stylish and the one person we kept coming back to was Thom Browne. He’s known for always wearing his grey suit with a white shirt and tie, and has been a major catalyst in bringing this aesthetic back in a big way. Although we might not find his particular style to be the most appealing, we really respect his philosophy behind it.
Posted in Fashion, prepidemic guides, tagged barneys, clarks, common projects, crockett and jones, desert boot, dries van noten, Grenson, loafer, loake, stan smith, tennis shoe, wingtip on January 6, 2010| 1 Comment »
Last week we gave you our Guide to Buying Shoes where we taught you how to distinguish quality when you step into a store. This week we want to teach you how to build the base of your footwear collection. With so many choices in every possible color, shape, and material it’s pretty hard for a guy to start from scratch. That’s why we’ve cut it down to the 5 shoes that every guy should have in their closet…
The Brown Wingtip
This is the first shoe you should buy. The brown dress shoe is the shoe you will wear with your grey and navy trousers, and thus a shoe you will wear very often. This is also the shoe that you should not skimp on. Invest in a quality wingtip and you will not regret it. It will be the centerpiece of your footwear collection for years to come. You want something slim, but not too slim, and with gorgeous, preferably antiqued, leather. There are a few options you should check out when looking into a quality wingtip, and they will all cost you. Of course, you could go with Church’s–their reputation for quality footwear speaks for itself. There is also Barker Black, which we promote all the time–their Archdale wingtip is one of our absolute favorite shoes. But we want to point you in a different direction this time.
If you’ve noticed us promoting velvet slippers a lot recently, then you shouldn’t be surprised that we’re highlighting the company that does it as well or better than anyone else out there. With almost 17 years in the business, Stubbs and Wootton has really hit their stride by offering an array of velvet slippers, needlepoint slippers, and loafers that ought to satisfy anyone with enough flair to put a pair on. Their collection has everything from classic crests to skull and crossbones. That ought to give you the idea that while they understand that the velvet slipper is something classic and elegant, it is also something that most people shouldn’t wear too seriously.
A few years ago, Spurr was just twelve pairs of jeans. With the Pipe leg jeans – a masculine but form-fitting pair of straight leg denim – bolstering the collection, the brand quickly took off.
Fast-forward to 2009. The launch of the Fall/Winter collection threw designer Simon Spurr into the limelight with its luxury tailored goods, gorgeous leathers, and the always reliable denim stealing the show. Awesome peak-lapels. Youthful double breasted suiting. Great outerwear: including a trench, manly leather coats, a charcoal pea coat, and a flawless black down jacket with a higher armhole – rendering a puffy coat form-fitting, masculine, and finally non-Michelin Man-esque.
To begin the frenzy of Spring/Summer collections you will be seeing over the next month or so, we give you Club Monaco. After giving them the 2 spot in our 5 guys that killed it in ’09 list, we were happy to get our hands on the pictures of their Spring stock. Tim Farah looks like he’s up to it again, mixing classic tailoring with a modern spin on preppy staples. We particularly love the Clarke Khaki Suit and the Tristian Wool/Cashmere Sweaters. Check out the rest of the collection after he jump.