Footwear for me has always been a key element to my personal style and the starting point in coordinating my daily attire. I have alway thought that a worn pair of APC jeans and a faded tee can be dressed up with the right choice of shoes and can look completely different whether wearing Red Wing Classic Moc boots, Alden of New England Calfskin Tassel loafers, or a pair of adidas Stan Smiths. Much like eyewear, the classics will always remain and many styles will return to trend through the cycles of fashion. Although many classics stay the same new technology helps to rejuvenate the market. The introduction of hybrid styles or modernized classics like Cole Haan Lunar Tech or Visvim FBT create new options to American stylings.
High quality leather and especially hand-made shoes can be extremely expensive but much like any hand crafted good they can be worth every penny. Spring/Summer ’15 has a wide variety a new styles, modernized classics, and traditional offerings.
The Buscemi Boot – Taking inspiration from classic motorcycle boots and crossing them with a high-end Italian sneakers Buscemi creates a one of a kind sneaker boot that’s craftsmanship is unmatchable. John Buscemi’s vision of crafting the highest quality footwear only using choice pieces of calfskin, the best Italian soles, and classic Italian technique.
adidas Superstar collaborations- This year adidas is making great strides to become recognized for it’s wide range of collaborations from those with high fashion designers Raf Simmons and Rick Owens to streetwear legend Nigo and musicians & designer such Kanye West, Rita Ora, and Pharrell. But my personal favorites are the collabs adidas is doing with their Superstar consortium. Working with the likes of Chris Gibbs of Union LA and well known alternative Japanese brand Neighborhood adidas has rejuvenated the Superstar model with a beautiful selection of materials and colors.
Band of Outsiders takes it’s classic Ivy League preppy look to Italy to craft an excellent line of footwear for SS ’15. Continuing their collaboration with Sperry Topsiders while creating boat shoes, a chukka with crepe sole, and the standout sneaker/loafer hybrid. Much like Traps Eyewear, Band of Outsiders reinterprets East Coast/ New England classic stylings while adding their own unique expression.
Written By Daniel Dougherty