Showing posts with label Shoes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shoes. Show all posts

Sunday, August 31, 2014

#2598 Kicking It In Meermins

Photos: Ashka Shen

Remember about a year and a bit ago I blogged about the Spanish footwear company Meermin? I picked up a pair of their pebble-grain leather long-wings online two weeks ago, and they were couriered to my apartment within four days of the purchase. No joke. And they only cost $220 USD all up, including shipping. The moral of that story is that if you're looking for a beautiful pair of leather lace-ups but you don't want to drop the $600+ to step into some Church's or Tod's or Crockett & Jones or Loake bad boys, look no further than Meermin. They are out of control good value for money. The end.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

#2405 The 5 Shoes You Need This Winter... if you're a lady

Hey so after I wrote last week's post about the five shoes you need this winter, I had a bunch of girls contact me and ask me to do one for them. I often get asked to talk more about womenswear and I probably should because I am finding myself far more interested in women's clothing than men's of late,  largely due to the fact that I have a real life clotheshorse on hand who actually enjoys/tolerates being dragged around department stores and boutiques and forced to try on anything that catches my eye. It's probably my favourite way to spend an afternoon in New York, no joke. (For the record, Barneys is the best.) But back to the matter at hand, these are the five pairs of shoes I reckon girls should be wearing this Winter, starting with:

1. These Saint Laurent Paris Chelsea boots. I'm obsessed with girls in Chelsea boots and I'm obsessed with girls in ankle boots, so these are a perfect combo of the two. Imagine them with black stockings, a mini skirt and a le smoking jacket. Fresh. Another good option if you're looking for a sturdy flat is this pair by RM Williams. OG.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

#2397 The 5 Shoes You Need this Winter

I spent eight hours outside at Coney Island on Saturday which left me quite literally numb with cold, and made me feel like a giant tool for wearing sneakers sans socks on the chilliest Fall day of all time. (It was four degrees... FOUR!) To compensate, yesterday I bought the above pair of Red Wing for J Crew boots, which I will wear with appropriate socks any time outside looks like it's anything less than hot. So without further ado, here's a list of the five pairs of shoes you need this Winter, starting with:

1. These Red Wing for J Crew Munson Boots. They were designed in 1912 by an army doctor and served the American military dutifully in two world wars. I don't typically like boots, but these did it for me at first glance. They're sturdy without being bulky, they look great with jeans, the colour is ridiculously aesthetically pleasing, and I imagine I'll own them for the rest of my life. Plus, they were $320 which I feel is a lot of bang for your buck.

Monday, September 30, 2013

#2376 My custom colourway Nike LeBron 11s

Like I mentioned previously, Nike invited me to sit down with one of their designers on Friday and create a one-off custom colourway of the LeBron 11 that'll be released next month. Holla! I'm not gonna lie, I was entirely unsure of what to do with the shoe — a quick Google search revealed a whole slew of versions that were so high-tech-looking, they resembled Transformers for your feet — and I wanted to design something that I was going to actually wanna wear on the street as well as on the court (I'm a baller for real). My history with Nike is as follows: I started out collecting Dunks during university, then discovered Vandals and wore nothing else for three or so years, and then in 2007 I got poor and sold all my shoes to pay my rent. Dark days. My favourite pair of all time was the 1972 Cleveland Cavaliers throwback edition (which I used to wear with my Cleveland Cavaliers throwback jersey, obvz), so I asked the designer if we could go super low-tech and try and recreate some of that magic. We dispensed with all the fancy shimmering, speckled rubber, the multiple colours, and the glow in the dark soles, and went as simple as possible, while still retaining a classic Nike look. And heeeeeere they are. They remind me of the Jordans that the Taiwanese kids used to rock at my primary school in Christchurch in the early 90s when the rest of us were running around in jandals and bare feet and feeling mad jealous. The design has been sent to the Nike factory, and I'll be picking up my pair in three or so weeks. Boom! I want this ish forever, mayne.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

#2300 A pretty pair by Crockett and Jones

You know, wearing Chuck Taylors every day of the year definitely has its perks – they're comfortable and well-priced, they look good with everything, and because everybody wears them no matter what their socio-economic situation might be, my wealth cannot be accurately measured which is convenient in potential mugging-type scenarios. However, I attempted to go to a tacky Middle Eastern restaurant masquerading as a nightclub in Alphabet City in the weekend and the bouncer didn't let me in because I was wearing sneakers. It was like Christchurch in the early 2000s all over again. And I was only trying to get some baklava! Bastards. With all that in mind, the twins behind my new favourite menswear style blog Les Fréres Jo' keep wearing leather shoes by Crockett and Jones and I want some. This pair is named Grasmere (after a rural village in the English Lake District), and is made from hardy scotch country grain leather with sturdy dainite soles. They look brilliant with a grey flannel suit (as seen above), but they'd also work nicely with a navy suit, rolled khakis, denim, and seersucker and no socks in the height of summer. So much versatility, so little time!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

#2290 Meermin's cordovan lace-ups are for the casual sophisticate

Oh my God, shoes. Following on from those awesome Vans, this week's obsession is a pair of cordovan lace-ups by Meermin (also discovered via Jake from Downeast and Out). I've had the page sitting open on my finder for the past 10 days and I can't stop clicking – these bad boys are the perfect combination of sophisticated and casual. I know that sounds vaguely ridiculous, but it's the truth – they're a devastatingly handsome pair of casual leather shoes that'll work equally well with rolled jeans, cuffed khakis or your favourite charcoal suit. There's something very 80s about these shoes. I can imagine Tom Cruise wearing them in his heyday with stonewash 501s and a Hawaiian shirt. Too fresh. Obviously they're the most expensive shoes the Mallorca-based company sells (thank you Murphy's Law), though at 320 euro, they're not exactly bank breakers. But, hey, if you want the look at a lower price, they do them in a darker brown for 160 euro. YOLO.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

#2280 Vans X Diemme Montebellunas – a steal at $300

When I was in my early 20s and still living in New Zealand, there were two things young people would drop crazy money on: sneakers and jeans. This is a country located pretty far away from everywhere, with a small, brand-savvy population and a comparatively weak dollar, so by the time anything covetable hit our shores the price tag would've skyrocketed. It wasn't too far a stretch to throw down $350 on jeans or $300 on shoes, and this was when I was still working retail and earning $14 an hour – how this is possible, I fail to remember. These days, the thought of spending more than $55 on sneakers is out of the question, or so I thought, until Jake from Downeast and Out posted these Vans X Diemme Montebellunas last night on Tumblr. Yes, they're $300. But take a moment to appreciate the details – premium Italian leather uppers atop a Vans waffle outsole, the richest blue you've ever seen contrasted by the white v logo, rubber sole and cream coloured laces, a subtly perforated toe cap, and let's not forget that they were made by Diemme in Italy, which ensures unmatched quality of construction. Holla. The Montebellunas are available in navy and black, and they're selling out fast on the Kith website. Get in the game.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

#2252 Like Father, Like Son

My Dad wore Clarks Desert Boots most days of the week as I was growing up so it took me a long time to come to terms with the idea of wearing them myself (he also rocked tapered stonewashed jeans and Michael Hainey-esque herringbone sportcoats which made this fool of a Took cringe – if only I'd known). Navy blue high top Chuck Taylors are still my go-to, but they're not the most snow/rain/frozen-sidewalk friendly footwear; I spent February of 2011 navigating ankle-deep pools of murky slush in canvas shoes, and vowed I'd never do it again. This Winter I've been living in my Clarks beeswax boots, and encouraging everyone I know to do the same. My latest acquisition, sent over by the fine folks at Clarks, is something of a hybrid pairing. They're blue leather Desert Boots in a similar colourway to my favourite Chucks. Ideal for this New York Spring – it was negative three degrees yesterday. Oh joy.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

#2201 Good Question

Corinna Studier for GQ's Like The Boys – styled by me, shot by Justin Chung.
Anonymous Asks: Hi! I am a girl and I want to buy my first pair of high tops. My only problem is that I am not sure how to wear them with jeans. Any suggestions? 

Hi! Good question. I hope by high tops you mean navy blue high top Chuck Taylors, and then you're speaking my language, but maybe you're talking about white Chucks or Desert Boots or Air Huaraches or something and that'd be fresh too. (One caveat: Steer away from anything too chunky or tall or you'll end up looking like Kevin Federline.) When you're a girl wearing jeans and high tops, it's pretty simple: Do as Corinna does in the photograph above – roll a pair of boyish jeans up over the shoes so there's a tiny bit of skin showing in between, or, if your jeans are skinny and not too long, you probably only need to turn them up once to get a similar effect. (Do not, under any circumstances, tuck your pants into your shoes. It's a surefire way to make yourself look like an Ugg Boot-wearing reality TV star from LA.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

#2183 Good Question

Jack Purcells, Mark McNairys, Chuck Taylors.
Jack asks: I'm overhauling my closet and starting with shoes. What, in your opinion, are the best basics/staples I should get?

Hi Jack, good question. I wear the same pair of navy blue Chuck Taylors every day of the week, and they are, in my opinion, the perfect shoes. However: I will concede that I don't have to go to an office for work, my only dress code is whatever I feel like wearing on the day, and I wouldn't wear them to a wedding. So after a bit of thought, I have come to the decision that there are seven pairs of shoes that should keep you (and every other man) well-shod no matter what the occasion. They are...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

#2079 The customised New Balance US574s have landed

Photos: Greg Lewis

Whoever said: "Rocking the sneans is the most fun a guy can have without taking his clothes off," knew exactly what he was talking about. There's a reason you see men following Jerry Seinfeld's sartorial example – it's like you're walking on clouds. I know what you're thinking, pain is beauty, but you cannot put a price on comfort that looks this good. After about three hours worth of playing around on the New Balance Custom Shoes site, I decided on a pair of all grey US574s with blue accents. I must admit I got a little bit of shoe envy when I saw Noah Emrich of NOVH fame's black, grey and orange pair, but I'm still pleased with the result, and I've been wearing them everywhere with every possible outfit (I even slipped them into an upcoming What's in store for the New York Times). Everyone who attended the launch party was lucky enough to get a free pair, but at $114.95 I reckon they'd be a pretty sweet Christmas present for the guy who's got everything. I'm even thinking of going round two. Get in the game.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

#2020 New acquisitions of the Chuck Taylor variety

So Katherine arrived yesterday with a suitcase full of my stuff from back home, which is awesome because a) I can try wearing something different than this for a change; and b) free blog topics. First up, and possibly the thing I'm most excited about, new navy Chuck Taylors. They're the perfect pair of shoes – they work with almost everything, they look great brand new and they look great battered to death (check the fade on the old pair below). This is a good day.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

#1854 The birthday present I bought myself came in a Mark McNairy shoebox

I turned 27 on Friday last week, and to celebrate the occasion, I did something I very rarely do: went shopping. It had been a while since I'd set foot in Fabric on High Street, and the selection of goods was excellent – Margaret Howell cotton double breasted blazers, Simon Miller jeans, Isabel Marant for the ladies, Engineered Garments for the boys, and Mark McNairy New Amsterdam shoes for me. I've been obsessed with McNairys ever since Lawrence posted these Loden Green Suede Longwings on his online store in a size range that precluded purchases from smaller-footed gentlemen like myself. Fabric carried them in an eight – it was time to taste the forbidden fruit.

Here's how it went down.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

#1778 Jack Purcells are the unsung hero of the Converse family

James Dean rocking the Jack Purcells. Photo: The Style House

By now, my love for Converse Chuck Taylors has been well-documented. In the last three years alone, I've gone through a good seven pairs of navies, one pair of maroons and one pair of cream Comme Plays. But I've never owned a pair of Jack Purcells. There was always something about the toe shape and the rubber lip that seemed overdone or fussy, and deviating from my uniform/routine freaks me out enough as it is. But when I was in LA last month, I hung out with a friend who works at J Crew. He wore his blue Jack Purcells with vintage blue cuffed Levi's 501s and it was pretty much the freshest thing I've ever seen.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

#1662 The facts of life

Photo: WeHeartIt

1. Women the world over swear by Sex and the City. I swear by Entourage. But being the open minded young man that I am, I decided to give SATC a go. Two seasons in, I have reached a conclusion: Carrie Bradshaw makes me want to stab out my own eyeballs!

Monday, November 8, 2010

#1576 SeaVees Chukkas – when the boot doesn't fit

Photo: Fabric

They say you can tell a lot about a man by the shoes he wears. I rotate exclusively between Chucks and Authentics. Analyse that. Probably the most prominent reason for my choice of footwear (besides my affection for the aforementioned) is that I never find anything I like better. It's a rare day when a pair of shoes actually appeals. So I was particularly excited when I saw the honey brown SeaVees Chukka Boots (pictured above) at Fabric in the weekend. So excited, in fact, that I immediately requested to try them on. I have small feet, but no matter how hard I squeezed, those bad boys didn't fit. Turns out they were girls' shoes. Story of my life. Back to the drawing board, and to my trusty sneakers. Somebody awesome better buy those boots.


Monday, October 4, 2010

#1527 Junya Watanabe kills it with stripes and flats


Femininity be damned – I always think girls look better when they're dressed in boyish clothes (it's one of the reasons I like Karen Walker so much). For Spring 2011, Junya Watanabe followed up on his nautical boys with a sailor-striped collection for the girls, complete with leggings under layers and white bucks on their feet (more looks below). Very few things look as good as a girl in an amazing pair of men's shoes, and these are some of the best I've seen in a long time. Down with heels – up with flats!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

#1488 Kathryn Wilson – These boots were made for walkin'

Photos: Katherine Lowe

Shoes, shoes, shoes and more shoes. Plus leggy (with a capital L) ladies in leotards. Oh, and Michael Jackson on the soundtrack. Solid gold.

See them all below.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

#1471 Band of Outsiders X Sperry – in the flesh/on the feet

Photos: Katherine Lowe

File this one under random hookups of the non-sexual variety. You may remember a number of weeks ago I blogged about the new Band of Outsiders X Sperry collab, which, like I said at the time, is most definitely my jam. A couple of days after writing that post, I got a question over on Ask Isaac Likes asking me if I'd prefer a pair of the corduroy Sperrys or these Mark McNairy longwings. I said the McNairys, but if I could have both, I would have both. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I get an email from the same guy saying that his company has manufactured Sperry for decades and that they want to send me a pair. Thinking it was too good to be true, I gave him my shoe size and a friend's address (better they get robbed than me), and forgot all about it. And waddaya know – they turned up in the weekend. The gentleman who sent them is named Jimmy, apparently his company has factories in just about every country of the world, and he has just moved to New Zealand to open up a new menswear store named Loft in Botany Downs (but sadly, as far as I know, these shoes will not be available there). Crazytown! Ayyam-i-Ha came early this year. Special thanks to Jimmy!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

#1405 White jazz shoes might have another moment

Photo: NY Times

Back on shoes again, this time of the white jazz variety. The New York Times' T blog currently features Mark Ronson in a story about his penchant for the infamous Repetto jazz shoe. Repetto's white jazz shoes have a bit of a history among well dressed rockstars, with Serge Gainsbourg reportedly tearing through 30 pairs a year from the 1970s till his death in 1991. How anybody could go through 30 pairs of shoes per year is beyond me, but who am I to say so – those were different times.