I hope my beloved readers’ July ended on a high note. What is a better way to kick-start August than with a good dose of shoe-gazing? August means fall is lurking around. Idle summer months are almost over. It’s time to get back to businesses, which require us to get a tad more serious with our choices of footwear. No more sloppy flip-flop or slippers. Let’s discover what major e-commerce sites have in store for us this month. Happy splurging!
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– Raf Simons x Adidas Terrex Sneakers: When these kicks made their first appearance on the runaway, they immediately took the world of sneaker aficionados by storm. These fresh-from-the-oven babies are the outcome of the much-anticipated collaboration between Raf Simons and Adidas, in which he fuses Adidas’ iconic 1990s running Ozweego 2 model with stylish color-blocking and fabrications and thus gives them a modern, futuristic vibe. Available in red and green on Mr Porter, the shoes are yours for $400 (or $415 depending on the color). Forewarning: it’s not too early to call these futuristic-looking sneakers the sneakers of the season which means you need to be very present and grab one pair before it’s too late. Trust my words, they will be selling like hot cakes.
– Nike Flyknit Lunar1 Men’s Running Shoes: It just doesn’t seem fair to love Adidas without at least giving a shout-out to Nike. Not all of us have the financial wherewithal to splurge on a $400 pair of shoes, but the nice thing about the shoes market is that there are always options. The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ is part of Nike’s popular high-performance Flyknit series and boasts extreme comfortability and breathability. It won the “Editor’s Choice” accolade from Runner’s World earlier this year. And don’t you think that the knitted fabric gives off a pleasant Missoni kind of vibe?
– New Balance 1400 Suede Sneakers in Green: In all seriousness, it would be remiss to rave about Nike and Adidas without mentioning New Balance. Other than the utility and comfort factor, I chalk it up to those European men especially Italians for making New Balance go mass in recent years. While their American counterparts usually err on the side of safety in terms of colors and treat theirs as purely athletic, Europeans make them work double duty as sneakers and a full-fledged fashion statement. If you need concrete proof, just browse through some popular street-style blogs or visit Rome, Florence or Paris. I promise you will be seeing a lot of men in suits with red-blooded or greenish New Balance kicks firmly on their feet biking around. Available on Mr Porter for $235.
– Maison Martin Margiela Silk Satin-Covered Leather Derby Shoes: I’m not kidding, this silk satin-covered Margiela is making my heart skip a beat. Who could have thought about making men shoes in silk and satin? Well, the folks at MMM did. With black raw-edged silk satin-covered leather and contrasting brown sole, this stunner ups the ante in the most exquisite way. My far-fetched fantasy but your accessible reality for $915 on Mr Porter.
– AMI Suede Wingtip Brogues in Blue: The versatility of brogues is indisputable. Wearing them to your office midtown on casual Fridays or to parties downtown or to Sunday brunches uptown or in the hipsterville Williamsburg, nobody is going to raise an eyebrow simply because they’re appropriate for all said occasions. This AMI pair isn’t the average brogues you see on the rack. Made in electric blue suede with leather linings and soles, this AMI pair delivers a strong jolt of fashion and function. Rest assured that you will never ever feel blue when you have these beauties on. On Mr Porter for $475.
– Grenson Marcal Suede Tassel Loafers: Made from a single piece of leather, these tassel loafers in classic brown from Grenson offer a fresh alternative to your well-worn boat shoes. Available on Mr Porter for $385.
– Thom Browne Brown Pebbled Leather Longwing Brogues: The truth of the matter is most items from Thom Browne are morbidly expensive. However, the craftsmanship is a benchmark. These brogues feature almond toe, signature perforate detail, serrated edges and of course signature triple stripe. Available on SSENSE for $1,000. Think of it this way: These shoes last for many, many years but for the purpose of simple calculation, let just say they last for 3 years (which is way below the minimum of its duration). The down payment is $1,000, meaning that you pay only $0.9 per day to wear a top-notch pair of shoes. You leave that amount of money at the coffee counters all the time, right? It’s not that big of a deal, right?
– Paul Smith Metallic Bronze Longwing Brogues: Paul Smith is the master of details especially when it comes to accessories and footwear. This particular pair in metallic bronze features round toe, tonal Derby-style lace-up closure, and fading effect. What really seals the deal is the camouflage-pattern rubber sole. Refreshing and trendy. Yours for $580 on SSENSE.
– Krisvanassche Black Leather & Suede Derby Sneakers Hybrid: This is the first time Krisvanassche shoes show up on our Shoes Du Mois installment, and I already can’t wait for more to come. I have been falling harder and harder for the luxury spin that Kris has been putting on the sportswear trend. This pair epitomizes that perfectly. Available exclusively on SSENSE for $1,050. (I know. I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown when I saw the price tag. But I took another long and hard look at the shoes, and it’s justifiable.)
– PS Paul Smith Navy and Purple Falconer Oceano Suede Boots: Another Paul Smith contender on our list is this two-tone suede pair. By early October, it’s surely going to be chilly which means it’s time to take your boots out for a spin. These unpretentious but completely stylish boots give an instant British rock ‘n’ roll boost to your fall ensemble while keeping your feet warm. On SSENSE for $375.
– Dolce & Gabbana Palle Liscia & Ricamo Rose Punto Croce: Floral prints have been all over the place for the past few seasons, so to be perfectly honest it’s hard not to feel their pull. This pair made from calfskin features understated black flower prints and therefore manages to connote the idea of trends without overkill. Available on LUISAVIAROMA for $1,095.
– Giuseppe Zanotti Tan Calf-hair Leopard Print Kevin 10 Loafers: Alright, let’s keep it real right off the bat that these Giuseppe Zanotti loafers are not catered to the fainted-hearted. In fact, they are more likely to be seen on the feet of men like Simone Marchetti or Nick Wooster who are unapologetically fearless in their styles. However, it’s always a good idea to have at least one pair of statement shoes in your closet for special occasions. This Zanotti pair is a prime candidate for such purpose. Be ready to exchange $895 with SSENSE, though.
– Louis Leeman Swarovski & Satin Oxford Lace-up Shoes: There’s no need for any sugarcoating here. These shoes are not only not for the faint-hearted but also not for the not well-heeled. If you are willing to part way with $1,409, you will be the proud owner of a pair that is covered with Swarovski gold-colored rhinestones. It’s pure decadence and luxury and not for everyday, but is surely collectible and capable of turning every head. Sometimes, that is what shoes are for. More information on LUISAVIAROMA.
– Ermenegildo Zegna Cap Toe Derby: Life is not all about play and pleasure. It is also about business meetings and formal occasions, both of which call for a solid pair of dress shoes. This Ermenegildo Zegna pair, handmade in Italy, features cap toe five-eye blucher crafted of smooth and grained leather and micro perforated details. They are classic and classy. Available on Barneys.com for $695.
– Giorgio Armani Suede Wingtip Oxford: This Giorgio Armani pair seems like some sort of self-indulgence at first glance as the color is not exactly that easy to coordinate. Upon further inspection, it turns out that the style is classic, understated four-eye oxford in flawless beige. Pair it with dark-colored jeans and you’re all set. Available on Barneys.com for $595.
– Shoto Vintage Brogue: This wingtip four-eye blucher wins me over with its deliberately weathered look and quirky elastic side gores. Plus, they’re in tan thus infinitely wearable. On Barneys.com for $460.
– Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star Premium Ox: I didn’t think these are from Converse at all. But, they actually are part of a new premium line made of dyed mesh with tonal grommets, smooth leather cap toe and tonal rubber sole. They are available in 3 fashionable colors of persimmon orange, victoria blue and fern green at an affordable price of $100 on Barneys.com.
– Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip: The LunarGrand wingtip is getting increasingly iconic every passing day. It’s been almost two years since I first saw the line in stores in New York and yet its popularity shows no sign of waning. Utility and comfort are still of paramount importance, but the design team at Cole Haan has updated the line with more color combinations, 11 to be exact some of which make a very loud and clear fashion statement. Most importantly, at $169.95 or $198 (depending on color) the shoes don’t make your bank account cry out loud. Available on colehaan.com and probably in every Cole Haan store across the country.