A few weeks ago and very unexpected I received a package in my house by Etro! I opened it and I couldn’t believe that inside the package was the pair of shoes that I have been obsessed with since they released them! The Paisley Run shoe! Designed as a common project between men’s and women’s collections, the Paisley Run sneakers are inspired by hiking shoes and made from jacquard fabric with a Paisley motif from the brand’s archives. I felt in love with them from the day I saw them and I can not stop wearing them! You can find them here.
The last thing I want to hear again in this world is the stereotype that men do not care about shoes, or that all women do. Men have to choose thoughtfully their shoes. It's the only thing women will notice on the first date and your future boss will notice it too.
Here are some simple general rules on how to choose the right shoe with the right outfit.
1. Try to pick a shoe that matches, or is darker than your pants.
2. Although it is a safe bet, socks do not need to match your shoes. Instead, think of your socks as you would a tie - an item that can bring bring the whole outfit together.
3. If wearing a belt, try to match your shoes to it, unless of course, your belt is some multi-colored striped thing.
4. With your jeans, you can wear almost any color or style of shoe but avoid very shiny shoes that were obviously intended for more dressier outfits. Boots, lug soles, sneakers, loafers and sandals all work great with jeans, so you may find it helpful to let the style of your shirt guide you.
5. For casual pants there are a variety of loafers, oxford and other men's shoes that work well with them. Let the ornamentation and style of the shoe guide you towards the look you're trying to achieve.
6. With dress pants, shoot for the same type of shoe that you might wear with a suit. Shinier materials usually indicate a dressier shoe, as do less bulky heels and soles. Choose a shoe that is the same color or darker than your pants, and if wearing a belt, match your shoes to it.
Color matching is a big deal too. Below you will find my 4 simple tips on how to color match your outfit with your shoes. Follow them, dress up and impress!
i) Black shoes work well with navy, grey or black pants.
ii) Brown shoes are best suited to tan, brown, beige, greens, other darker earth tones.
iii) Burgundy shoes work well with khaki, lighter browns, blue and grey.
iv) Tan shoes look great with lighter earth tones, blue, beige, lighter tan or white.
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A leisurely stroll along the Adriatic coastline, shortly after the spring equinox. This is the concept behind Alberto Guardiani’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection for men, where the muse for this season is the , who saunters down the promenade, inspired by the brilliant colours and dynamic architectural contrasts. Beneath an intense blue sky, rows of coloured umbrellas and boats with imaginative names sit waiting for summer to return, against a backdrop of blue and white beach huts and monumental, pastel-coloured buildings.
A collection that reflects the laid-back attitude of the Italian holiday look: contrasting white calf and blue suede (navy, yes, but also royal blue, cerulean and ultramarine) become the leitmotif of the collection, offset by sailor-style detailing, like stripy prints and FRRST boat-style lettering.
The striking contrast of architectural graphic elements appear on navy or cherry- coloured suede, accented with red, sky blue and even orange embroidery, for designs with a sartorial, casual finish.
This relaxed yet sombre mood is perfectly reflected in, ONESOUL, the product of the season, which has a highly tailored, relaxed look.
In 1885 Ludwig Reiter, together with his wife Anna (both originally from Bohemian Karlsbad) established their first Ludwig Reiter shoemakers workshop “auf der Wieden” in the 4th district of Vienna. By 1887 they were already supplying the K.u.K. security guards with custom-made boots and welted shoes for the Officers. This resulted in Ludwig Reiter receiving high recognition for their exceptional quality of workmanship. At that time the K.u.K. Army received shoes for their “dress” uniform, as well as Riding boots.
Ludwig Reiter currently operates around 20 of it’s own stores in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain. Approximately 200 world class, specialised shops and boutiques in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Japan and the USA are selling various Ludwig Reiter products.
Ludwig Reiter is known locally as well as internationally for it’s welted shoes and for the high quality sports and ladies shoes as well as leather accessories. Around 60 employees produce about 30 000 pairs of shoes annually.
Ludwig Reiter has become an international fashion-pioneer with styles like the Trainer, the Bowling and the Maronibrater. Collaborations with designers such as Helmut Lang and Werner Baldessarini, as well as the Viennese Burgtheater, Theater an der Wien and other renowned stages were established, whose theatre and opera productions are often fitted with Ludwig Reiter shoes.
200 STEPS TO FINISHING A SHOE
A typical Ludwig Reiter shoe is made by hand. Principally, the 'shoe production' across all styles is the same: the two essential parts, the upper and the bottom sole are joined. Depending on the style however, more than 200 steps are necessary when finishing a pair of shoes.
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Santoni introduces a new and exclusive personalization service for its digital clientele. The protagonist is the icon of the Maison, the Carter model with a double buckle, which has become over the time the emblem of the Santoni style. Learn below how you can create your own unique pair of Caters step by step.
Step 1: Enter the “MYSANTONICOLOURS” section of the website
Step2: You can customize your own Carters by picking one colour from the wide range or even by creating unexpected two-coloured combinations, all painted by hand by Santoni master craftsmen. The palette consists of 16 shades with more than 500 possible combinations.
Step 3: An additional element of personalization is the possibility to sign the internal sole with one’s own initials thanks to a hot branding machine.
In 3 simple steps, luxury fans and style maniacs can order a unique customized product and receive it at home in 4 weeks. The new “MYSANTONICOLOURS” service, an evolution of a creative process since-ever married with the highest craftsmanship, addresses to satisfy the gentleman who loves to actively contribute to the creation of an exclusive product with his own taste and individuality. So hurry up gentlemen, visit now www.santonishoes.com and get your own personalized Carter pair of shoes!
New Balance is adding another collaboration to its list by teaming up with lifestyle brand J.Crew. The two will be using the New Balance 997 model as the canvas of choice to set the tone for the upcoming 2016 spring season. Featuring premium materials such as leather, nubuck and suede, its mix of tan and brown shades grab inspiration from butterscotch candy. The J.Crew x New Balance 997 “Butterscotch” is set to release on March 12 for a retail price of $210 USD.
This fall, New Balance unveils the 1500 “Gentlemen’s Choice” Pack. Proudly crafted at the brand’s UK factory in Flimby, Cumbria, the pack couples the brand’s sporting heritage with a dapper semblance. Available in two colorways, the M1500 is dressed in coffee brown leather on its upper, with an option of tonal and navy overlays. Matching laces and embroidered stitch detailing take on the tongue, while a white ENCAP sole and black outsole finish off the sneaker with a classic look. Reappropriating traditional footwear styling for the modern day, New Balance presents another bold design as part of its Made in England range.
Since its inception in 2009, Californian-based THOROCRAFT has brought forth its own interpretive design language across some of footwear’s most iconic offerings. From sneakers to more dressier renditions, the brand has often sought out unique finishes and production techniques to define its range of footwear. For 2015′s spring/summer collection, the brand looks to the deserts of its native Californian as the collection’s inspirations over sneakers and lace-ups through both graphical notes as well as upper executions. While this is an early look, the collection will be available globally including the HYPEBEAST Store.
En Noir and Buscemi are back with another collaboration centered around the footwear label’s 125mm silhouette. This time around, the two collaborators have gone for an all-white look with a laser-cut crocodile-patterned Cavallo leather upper and a crisp white Margom sole. The all-white theme continues inside the shoe with full-grain vegetable-dyed Vachetta leather footbeds and linings. Waxed laces and the silhouette’s signature heel lock and key round out the details for this luxe shoe.
Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington fronts the Fall/Winter 2014 campaign of Jimmy Choo, photographed by Peter Lindbergh.
Givenchy presents the latest Tyson high-top styles from its upcoming Fall/Winter 2014 footwear collection. Whilst the majority of the collection sticks to clean black and white color schemes, the highlight model features a basketball leather upper with a star-studded ankle strap, white laces, and a black and white midsole. The remaining shoes stick to either black or white bases with contrasting accents in black, white or brown. Look for the collection soon at Givenchy boutiques and select stockists.