From n.d.c. comes this modern take on the famed espadrilles of generations past. They’ve taken the traditional canvas version to a whole new level of sophistication with the Theo. It’s made from super soft suede and features leather tassels, with the braided jute detailing still being maintained here. The Theo is available in two colorways, navy and distressed brown, and can be found at Por Vocacao.
This season, Red Wing Shoe Co. has teamed up with Maine-based shoemaker Rancourt & Co. for a new Genuine Handsewn collection. All the pieces are made right in Rancourt’s hometown of Lewiston, which happens to be very well-known for being a hub for well-known, locally-made footwear companies. Rancourt & Co. has influenced many shoe brands that have come after it though very few are able to win the test of time like they have. This collaboration with Red Wing delivers a line of hand sewn shoes made from top-notch materials and crafted using classic, very manual and intimate methods.
Red Wing created a short film to explain their Made in Maine Handsewn Collection further (see below). Head over to Red Wing to get more details on the offerings as well.
Buttero’s known for their impeccably crafted footwear and now the Tuscan shoemaker has teamed up with Dutch brand Denham for a small line of sneakers. The pieces feature vegetable-tanned leathers local to Buttero’s hometown of Stabbia and the brand’s roots show in the construction as each shoe is made via traditional methods. In order to give their new trainer-inspired designs an added dose of freshness, they have modified these styles for by integrating a pure white leather toe-piece, a minimalistic detail that’s exclusive to Denham. Shop the offerings at Denham.
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.
Todd Snyder is definitely one of the front runners for menswear rookie of the year for 2011. After leaving J. Crew to start his own eponymous label, his Fall 2011 debut collection and sufficed to say it was stellar. (more…)
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.
Here’s another Leffot exclusive for you all. Steve and co. have teamed up with New England’s Alden to deliver their classic Longwing Blucher style in Color 8 and Black Shell Cordovan finishes. The leathers were tanned by the fine folks at Horween Leather Company out of Chicago and are nothing short of perfect. The Black Shell Cordovan version is really something else as it features red lining that creeps out in a very subtle manner, giving the shoe an added touch. Both styles can be had through Leffot.
Here’s a look at Viberg’s iconic #145 Oxford in two-tone suede finish. It features vintage tan suede quarters and mocha suede vamp & counter, topped off with a smooth brown leather tongue. Viberg is now in its third generation and the family owned business continues to amaze us with these impeccably crafted pieces of footwear. Don’t expect that to stop anytime soon.
Available now from Christian Louboutin’s Fall 2011 collection for men is the John John Flat. It joins Louboutin’s growing lineup of formal footwear but don’t expect them to stay in stock for long as most of the designer’s product sells out fairly quickly. They come in two colorways, both featuring a three-tone upper — one dominated by grey and the other by a pure blue. The uppers are fitted with black leather cap toes, while the rest is made from a soft Satin material.