From Blackbird’s ongoing collaboration with Alden comes this Summer Oxford in a Reverse Tobacco Chamois shell. It’s a mixture of two well-recieved styles from the fruitful collaboration. This Summer Oxford, like other Alden pieces before it, is hand made with Horween leather in an all-natural, special recipe tanning process that can take up to six weeks to complete. Needless to say, the time dedicated to the making of each pair really shows in the final product.
Band of Outsiders have crafted a great shoe in this Oxford. The rich tan leather is contrasted by cream laces, while detail is provided by the elegant wingtip pattern on the toe. The stamped lettering on the footbed reads ‘this is a Band of Outsiders shoe’. The label’s labeled each shoe ‘left’ and ‘right’ as well to avoid any confusion in the morning. Taking it one step further, the color of the soles differ, with red being for the right and blue for the left.
4 Horsemen Supplies teams up once again with British Columbia’s Viberg for another solid offering. This time, they’ve opted for a Saddle Oxford based on Viberg’s 145 Oxford. The two-tone upper and hand perforated quarters really set this one apart with the vamp and counter finished in Ice Mocha Chrome Excel, and the quarters in Vintage Tan.
Another magnificent shoe from Christian Louboutin. “Platers” is a classic lace up oxford, updated, and remastered by Monsieur Louboutin. It features some amazing details as the shell is made of black stingray, something we’ve never seen done before.
Feit unveils another shoe, this time dropping a classic oxford style with the brand’s iconic x-ray sole. The shell’s made from Horween Chromexcel leather and features hand sewn Goodyear construction. It’s available in Ox Blood brown and a black finish as well.
Opening Ceremony’s Iven features a distressed leather shell with characteristics unique to each shoe. “Moody hues mix with a traditional silhouette for a look that is not only vivid, but versatile.
We recently had the opportunity to get a closer look at Red Wing Shoes‘ current and future offerings in more depth and we were really impressed with how the historic workwear brand is embracing its heritage and delivering some iconic pieces with much influence from its past. Atop the list is the “Postman” style, 101, a sturdy black oxford shoe, which features a moldable insole to make the day-to-day duties of workers more comfortable.
It was first introduced back in 1954 the laces, eyelets, outsole and leather inseams have not changed since its debut over 56 years ago. Talk about timeless. The shoe is also constructed with “Chaparral” leather, which gives the shoe a smooth finish/dress shoe appearance. Originally, this quality was used to allow service men to remain polished so they met uniform requirements, and be tough enough for everyday wear. Mission accomplished. The shell sits atop a black, cushion crepe wedge sole. If you look closely, you’ll notice an SR/USA written in green which informs you this shoe is fitted with a slip-resistant sole.
All-in-all, this is may be one of my favorites from Red Wing Shoes. It’s comfortable, and the time and dedication put into making each pair shows.
Another well-crafted shoe from the good folks at Alden, this time a timeless remake of a summer classic. This semicasual oxford is fondly referred to as “Alden’s summer sneaker,” and with good reason. These slim line summer oxfords are tailor made for wear with a summer weight suit, slacks, or your slouchy rolled chinos and worn in denim. Featuring an unlined leather upper for ultimate wearability with or without socks and Alden’s Flex water resistant outsole just in case you get caught outside during a spring shower.
Only a handful of Alden accounts are distributing these beauties and the pairs feature each retailer’s custom heel pod.
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