Speaking from the heart, I’ve been a fan of the PUMA x AMQ collaboration for years now, trailing back to my college days when I used to make my way over to The Black Store and grab a pair or two season over season. It was the only place you could find PUMA’s Black Label collaborations and though a pair is a bit easier to track down nowadays, the designs have seldom disappointed. The Street Climb Mids in leather for spring look impeccable and come in a trio of colorways – cognac, white, and black. They’re wearable and with their track record, are known to be one of the most comfortable pair of kicks you’ll ever own. Considering I own a ton of ‘em them — TRUST. Look for these to hit select shops in the weeks ahead.
Spring product is beginning to drop and this Y-3 sneaker is one of our favorites thus far. The low-top design features tonal leather and rubber trimmings throughout and is finished off with a white rubber cap toe. The black cord lacing is modern and futuristic at the same time and really sets the shoe apart from the pack. The red cord loop detail at the heel worked well as a contrast.
Maison Margiela delivers a new take on one of their most classic styles for Spring 2012, giving us this low top canvas sneaker with a large scale pixel square print. Laces are optional as the original shoe tongue concept uses elastics at the sides to keep the foot in place. White stitching at the heel and a few other fine details make this Italian-made sneaker one of the finest we’ve seen for the upcoming spring season.
Mark McNairy teams up with Atlanta-based retailer Standard for a trio of brogue boots. The first two are 7 eyelet and leather-soled. One features tan grain with red wool flannel while the other is brown grain paired with hunter green wool flannel. The third version is black grain with navy wool flannel. It also features 7 eyelets, waxed leather laces and a white Vibram Cristy sole.
All three are available in-store and online for $485.
visvim drops another batch of goods this week, with the Virgil Cantor-Folk boot being one of the standouts from the pack. It’s an F.I.L. exclusive and features a veggie tanned cowhide leather shell in cognac. The contrasting Vibram sole is utilized once again and works really well against the rich colored shell.
The Brooklyn Circus has teamed up with Red Wing Heritage to shed some light on one of the bootmaker’s most iconic designs – the Iron Ranger. Iron Ranger boots were built with a double layer of leather over the toe to provide miners in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range with an extra measure of safety. The heel pocket, a boot feature designed to provide extra support, was moved to the outside of the boot. This design eliminated a seam and provided a smooth and comfortable one-piece surface on the inside of the boot. It was a solid blend of design and function, hence the reason the boot’s so popular to this day. The BkC and Red Wing cooked up these styled looks featuring Red Wing Heritage styles 8111, 8113, and 8114. More looks below.
Vane and Sebago continue their fruitful relationship with the release of three new boots as we transition out winter and look forward to the warmer months. The beauty is that these boots will work well year round, with a balanced mix of premium full grain leathers and waxed canvas quarterpanels. The Jungle Tactics Boot is a reinterpretation of the classic Vietnam boot and is lined with suede detailing.
The premium boots feature full grain leathers, waxed canvas quarterpanels, and slim, low-profile Vibram rugged outsoles. The Orbital Command Boot is a fresh take on a combat style moc-toe boot and comes with a set of removables spats that can be worn in combination with other footwear. The Camo Exo Boot is the Vane signature double boot pattern, featuring an outer digital camo print quarterpanel with perforated suede detailing.
The Boots are limited to 150 Pair globally, and are available at the Vane webshop and their New York outpost at 125 Rivington Street.
I’m hearing it’s snowing back in New York. Leffot‘s taken stock of these boots from Alden in case the trend continues. The classic 405 design is entirely new, with added traction for slippery surfaces and a lighter weight for added versatility and mobility. The smooth brown cowhide is really outstanding and the lugged soles are good year ’round, rain or shine.
Red Wing Heritage has released the 4563 Boot exclusively for Nordstrom, The 8-inch round toe work boot was first introduced in 1919, providing the comfort of an oxford with the durability of a work boot. “The benefit of the new style was the round toe design; achieved by eliminating a seam by using one larger piece of leather versus the previous practice of sewing together two smaller leather pieces.” The end result was a more durable boot and one that looks great as well. It features a 6-inch round-toe build and features a self-cleaning crepe sole with Goodyear welt construction.
Look for these at select Nordstrom locations across the United States including The Grove in Los Angeles, Cherry Creek in Colorado, King of Prussia outside of Philadelphia and Garden State Plaza which is the closest Nordstrom with the 4563 Boot outside of New York City.
Mark McNairy does it again, this time teaming up with Canada’s HAVEN for a limited run of these Country Brogues. What’s not to like about them? They come in an extremely versatile navy suede upper that’s mated to a hand stitched Goodyear welt on a Natural crepe wedge sole. The contrasting white round laces and eyelets allow you to dress this down a bit but shouldn’t stop you from wearing them to your next semi-formal outing.