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Entries in men's shoes (10)

Friday
Jun052015

adidas los angeles - og black.

so basically adidas is killing it right now. they've been coming after the sneaker market heavy lately and it just doesn't stop. here's another absolute banger from them, the adidas los angeles - og black. they've reimagined the la trainer and delivered these stunners. they're simple, clean and mean. all black uppers with a white sole perfect for any outfit or occasion. pick them up from sneaker politics here. 

- taylor

Wednesday
Jan212015

danner x uncrate mountain light boots.

danner and uncrate team up to give you one gnarly pair of boots. these boots are literally built to take on everything and anything you can throw at them. seriously, these boots are no joke. first, uncrate has put their name on it. uncrate only deals with the best of the best, so you know it's legit. second, the company that actually makes the boot, danner, is the king of outdoor boots. danner has been producing some of the best boots made in last the couple decades. 

if you're looking for some boots to take on the weather or just last forever, here you go. these are them. oh, and they're hand made in the good ol' U.S. of A. they've got suede uppers with black hardware and a white vibram sole. And what kind of boot would be completely without  little water proof material? these boots feature goretex lined insides to help fight off the weather.

sold yet? pick your danner x uncrate mountain light boots here

- taylor

Thursday
Dec042014

cole haan lunargrand long wingtip ostrich pack.

cole haan is back with a new style of lunargrand long wingtips. let us introduce you to the ostrich pack. the same classic oxford shape and nike's lunarlon techonology is present, but this pack is topped with ostrich skin leather uppers. the ostrich pack offers black and white options with a tan interior and tan trimmings on the white colorway. these will run you $228 and are available at feature here

- taylor

Monday
Jun232014

jack purcell jp jack - black.

i hate to show these to you guys, but i have to post about these shoes.

hold up, let me start with these are sold out and you can't get them. i know – i'm sorry.

kith carried them for a brief moment and they sold quick, like real quick. when i looked at the site there were only two sizes for little feet leaving me with no chance.

now let me tell you why these are so dope. the first thing is they are obviously all black. you can't go wrong there. secondly, the details. the details make this shoe so much better than any other jack purcell out there. these bad boy are adorned with tortoise shell eyelids. yes, you read that right, tortoise shell eyelids (pictured below). i have never seen that on a shoe. i'm sure that it's been done before, but not on a pair of jacks. also, the cork footbed is dope. how many of you own shoes with cork footbeds? i'm willing to bet not many of you.

on top of these jacks being mega rad, the shoe will always hold a sentimental spot in my heart. these were the shoes to own in high school. i mean everyone had a pair. i remember when converse was bought out by nike and nike changed up the design. it was very minimal, but my friends and i noticed the small changes. we went as far as swap meet hunting for original pairs in hopes vendors had the OG pairs back stocked. we were obsessed and successful in out hunts

anyways, i had to share these and again, i'm sorry. check ebay or something and you might be able to find a pair.

- taylor

Monday
Jun162014

saucony x white mountaineering 2014 f/w grid 9000 collection.

saucony and white mountaineering team up to bring us this badass collab.

these shoes offer a great look and range in the textures used on them.

the colors used on them also give the shoes some depth and add some character.

the white soles give the shoes some pop and are balanced out by the neutral grey in it too.

keep an eye our for these, they drop in select stores soon.

- taylor

Wednesday
Sep182013

abc's of Men's Fashion 44.

chukka boot.

More of a high shoe than a boot, with the upper covering to the bottom of the ankle. Plain front, and very smart in suède. The name is more often applied to tie boots with 1-3 eyelets: elastic sided boots being known as 'Chelsea Boots'.

 

- James

Saturday
Jun292013

vans prelow ballistic.

Check out the 2013 Vans OTW Prelow Ballistic, combining style, color, and comfort. Constructed from a ballistic nylon upper, this shoe breathes, allowing you to do work without suffocating your feet. The sole is made from Ultra Cush technology which provides range of motion and support, giving you freedom to move without even noticing. The Prelow Ballistic is lightweight and good-looking, and comes in navy/antique orange or black/mint. This is definitely your new summer work shoe. Swoop here to pick some up.

- James 

Friday
Apr122013

soletopia shoe basics.

In surfing the interwebz the other day, I cam across this guide to shoes by soletopia. I know that you're perfectly capable of picking out shoes that look good on your feets, but I also thought you might find it helpful in learning more about specific styles, names, and origins of men's shoes. Obviously this guide doesn't cover every single type of shoe out there, but it's a good place to start.

Shoe Basics Every Guy Should Know

There is an unwritten rule in fashion that states: ‘You can tell if a man is well dressed just by looking at his feet’. The Italians have a similar rule that goes: ‘You can judge a person by the bathroom in their home and their shoes on the street’. As troubling as it may seem to some, we strongly agree with these statements.

Example:

You can have two men,
one: dressed in a beautiful tailored designer suit and clogs
two: dressed in levi’s jeans, plain t-shirt and black Oxfords

Who is the better dressed of the two? If you answered man two, give yourself a pat on the back. Tell that to the guy wearing a custom designer suit thinking ‘nobody will look at my feet’.

You can tell if a man is well dressed just by looking at his feet.

Today we’ll discuss the different men’s dress shoes types, and what places to wear them. This is a basic intro but by the end of this article, you will have an idea on how to adjust your wardrobe accordingly.

Men’s Dress Shoe Types and Dress Shoe Cuts

Oxford and Derby

An Oxford is a style of laced shoe characterized by shoelace eyelet tabs that are stitched underneath the vamp, a construction method that is also sometimes referred to as “closed lacing”. A Derby, although very similar, has an open-laced construction method.

The Oxford shoe is the king of all shoes. You, simply, CAN NOT go wrong wearing these shoes. As a matter of fact, every man should own a pair of black Oxfords. Oxfords are formal, they are beautiful, they come in variety of colors and designs and they can be worn with anything, anywhere.

Whole Cut

A whole-cut shoe is made from a single piece of leather with no stitching. Obviously this makes them expensive – as the leather has to be of the highest quality – as well as more challenging to make.

The Whole Cut Oxford is a shoe that has style, beauty and elegance, due to its simplicity. The Whole Cut can have no perforations and no additive design, other than its shape, and it will still look stunning no matter where you go. This is a show-off shoe, without the showing off.

This is a formal shoe that can be worn anywhere. It is like an Oxford 2.0.

Wingtip (Brogue)

 

Not all wingtips are bulky.

The Brogue is a style of low-heeled shoe or boot traditionally characterized by multiple-piece, sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations (or “brogueing”) and serration along the pieces’ visible edges.

Brogue wingtip shoes are bulkier; however, not all wingtips are bulky. Because the wingtip is simply the double-arching design that is found on a toe of the shoe, a wingtip can be sleek if it’s on a Whole Cut Oxford.

The Brogue wingtip is a very formal shoe that is most often seen at funerals, sometimes weddings but rarely anywhere else. Old school gangsters used to wear Aviator Brogue Wingtips. These were two-toned, usually black and white.

Nowadays, they’re everywhere. Wingtips are being made slimmer and sleeker for a more modern look. Some of the colors used now are flashy and anything but formal.

Single and Double Monk Strap

 

 

A Monk shoe is a style of shoe with no lacing, closed by a buckle and strap. The Double Monk Strap is where the shoe offers two straps rather than one. This is more of a fashion statement.

Avoid wearing single or double monk straps at funerals.

The Monk is a formal type of shoe that can be worn pretty much anywhere: weddings, interviews, parties etc. Avoid wearing them at funerals.

Penny & Tassel Loafer

Slip-ons are typically low, lace-less shoes. The style most commonly seen has a moccasin construction.

The Tasseled Loafer, offer tassels on the front for decoration. They are also lower than the regular Penny Loafers, offering more foot to show.

This is a businessman shoe, first and foremost. Modern designs have altered that idea nowadays; this is a great summer shoe. The Loafer can be worn anywhere but funerals.

Jodhpur Boot

 

The Jodhpur boot is an ankle boot designed as a riding boot with a rounded toe and a low heel. They originally fastened with a strap and buckle.

A slick black Jodhpur boot can easily be worn with a suit.

This is a very sleek boot, the Oxford of boots. As a matter of fact, some Jodhpur boots look like dress shoes with pants. A slick black Jodhpur boot can easily be worn with a suit.

Depending on the boot, it can be worn anywhere with anything.

Chelsea Boot

A variation of the Jodhpur, except the Chelsea only comes with an elastic strap; and just like the Jodhpur: depending on the boot, it can be worn anywhere with anything.

Chukka Boot

Chukka boots or turf boots are ankle-length boots with two or three pairs of eyelets for lacing. Often made of calfskin or suede, these are very casual boots that can be worn with denim or chino pants.

Sand colored chukkas go wonderfully with white chinos, during the summer. This is not a formal boot by any means, but you can look very stylish in any casual setting.

- James

Friday
Mar152013

sperry's for spring.

Spring is just around the corner, and that means we've got a few things to look forward to: March Madness, the sun, being outdoors without 12 layers of thermals on, and new styles. 

This spring is going to highlight a lot of light greys and brighter contrasting colors mixed with dark colors, and I imagine, as is often the case, summer will take those brighter colors a step further. 

It looks like Sperry has already gotten started putting out shoes in a few different styles to match those trends starting at around $80. Check out what they've got to offer:


Take a look online to find something you like, shoes are a great way to start getting your Spring fashion together. Click here.

- James

Monday
Jul022012

kicks for under a hundy.

It's easy for me to sit here and tell you what shoes you should buy, but if you're anything like me, what you want and what you can afford are not always the same thing. If that's the case, I'm sorry for reminding you that money doesn't grow on trees. Luckily, I've decided to provide you with what I like to call 'James's Top 10 Value Kicks.' 

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of Value Kicks: Good looking oxford-style shoes for a hundred bucks or less.

I know, I was surprised that Merriam-Webster actually used the slang "a hundred bucks" as well. Nevertheless, here you go (click the underlined model names for more info):

Bed Stu - Ellington - $95

Feathers - Canvas Stentorian Oxford - $58

 

J.D.Fisk - 'Paul' Oxford - $83.90 (on sale)

Bed Stu - 'Orleans' Saddle Shoe - $98

1901 - 'Bennet' Oxford - $49.90 (sale price)

 

River Island - Low Profile Brogues - $70

 

Florsheim - The No String Wing Oxford - $100

Hawkings McGill - Leather Chambray Oxford - $78

 

River Island - Perforated - $70

Ben Sherman - Mixed Mayfair Derby - $110 (I know they're over $100, but let it slide, they're awesome)

There. Now you have no excuse to continue wearing shoes that are anything less than amazing. Every respectable man should have a few good pair of oxfords. They're great for dressing up, or keeping things casual while still looking sharp. Leather, canvas, suede, they're all good choices. Just be sure to grab a pair that you absolutely love, because if you don't love them, chances are you won't wear them. "On the strength."

- James