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Summer is here! Here are our top Loafers and Deck Shoes for men

By Stefano on July 3rd, 2013

With temperatures nudging the early 20s – exciting I know – it finally seems like summer time has arrived. Actually the weather needs to get on the case as we are now less then sixty days until September.

Anyhow it is time to slip yourself into what are the ultimate stylish, classic, always cool summer shoes – Loafers. Here is our selection of the best of the season.

Connery by Peter Werth Mod Loafers £65

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Shertainly a shade of shand schuede that goes well with casual mod clothing.... These slip on style lightweight loafer shoes have a mod twin tassel detail to tab apron. Moulded driving shoe inspired outsole with wrap round heel detail. Contrast retro stitch finish. Atom Retro



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Style – Cricket Chic – how to look good when watching The Ashes

By Stefano on June 19th, 2013

We are now just a month away from the first game in The Ashes series as the under achieving Aussies face the mighty England team at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. If all goes to plan it will be business as usual with the England team notching up their third Ashes series win in a row. But then again when has it ever gone to plan?

Oddly enough there’s a bit of trend in cricketing garb at the moment. Maybe it is just our penchant for white canvas style shoes or possibly the revival of Great Gatsby era flannels, but there is plenty of cricket influenced fashion in both indie stores and on the high street as well as specialist cricket emporiums.

Here then is what to wear this fabulous cricketing summer. Howzat!

John Smedley Bart Retro 60’s Cricket Jumper £150

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The cricket jumper isn't just for sporty types. It is a Mod wardrobe staple. This 'Bart' Mens V-Neck cricket jumper by John Smedley comes in a cool Vintage ice cream (beige) colour way. Chunky Retro tipping to the low V-neck in purple and Vintage plum. Sixties Mod style fine cable knit detailing throughout. Made from Sea Island Cotton. Atom Retro



Clothing, Shoes, Style

John White’s rainbow of classy Suede Brogues

By Stefano on February 7th, 2013

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John White is a heritage British brand that has been around for the best part of a century. According to its website it supplied boots to the army in WW2 and was the first British shoe company to ship its wares to New York’s Macy’s Department store.

Now it is hoping to reinvent itself just a little by taking its classic designs and attention to detail and adding a dollop of twenty first century innovation and styling.

And that’s exactly what you get with these Brogues. Named the Langham Suede they are available in four striking colours – Navy, Brown and a very unusual Red and Olive Green.

They will be on sale soon – John White sells through a number of stores including John Lewis as well as their own website. Yours for £150.

They also have some lovely Moccasins in a variety of colours too.



Shoes, Style, Style Safari

Style – Clarks’ Marden Grove Navy Leather Shoes

By Stefano on January 29th, 2013

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As ever Clarks has a superb range of classic casual men’s shoes and of its latest arrivals I am quite taken with these Marden Grove leather shoes. These are in navy and are already sold out on the Clarks store though you can get them here.  There are also versions in tan leather and wolf suede.

They are great quality navy leather with the twist being the piping, which is this year’s big thing apparently. Nevertheless they look great and retail for £59.99.



Gadgets, Shoes

The best selling items this Christmas in the US so far – North Face Coats, the iPad 2 (!?) and your worst fashion nightmare

By Stefano on December 5th, 2012

Yep according to industry fashion bible WWD the big story in retail in the US in the last couple of weeks has been the revival of, wait for it, Ugg boots. Yep the surprisingly comfy, yet utterly hideous boots are once again a huge hit with the guys and gals across the Pond. Haven’t they (or at least the women) read this?

As for the other stuff that’s flying out of the stores, well Coach handbags and North Face coats are selling well, and in the tech space it is all about the iPad (with the 2 apparently outselling the 4!?), Google Nexus 7 and Dr Dre Beats headphones.

Anyhow you can read more about the list on WWD here. And look at a much better shopping list here.



Footwear, music, Shoes

Clarks team up with Best Coast for Record Store Day inspired Desert Boots

By Gerald Lynch on November 12th, 2012

Clarks are once again teaming up with Record Store Day, putting together a line of tune-inspired footwear and bagging the services of Californian indie-pop maestros Best Coast in the process.

As part of Clarks’ Originals collection for 2013, the veritable shoe makers will be putting together a line of bold, colourful patent leather Desert Boots for guys and girls, as well as pumps for the ladies too. Incorporating a vinyl print line motif  in our favourite mens’ pair (pictured above), each pair also includes raised concentric circle detailing, just like the grooves of a vinyl record.

As well as putting out a limited edition vinyl of their own to mark the partnership, Best Coast will also be playing a one off LA gig for Clarks on Record Store Day 2013 (the precise date remains a closely guarded secret). Those not among the lucky few able to bag a ticket will be able to stream the entire gig online at www.clarksoriginals.com.

“This is the next chapter in the on-going story of Clarks Originals and our hugely successful association with music,” says Gemma Green, Clarks marketing manager.

“We are delighted to collaborate with US band Best Coast, supporting Record Store Day 2013. The partnership results iin an exclusive track produced on vinyl and a limited edition Desert Boot – both timeless classics that stand the test of time. record Store Day and its spirit is the perfect alignment for Clarks Originals.”

Keep an eye out for the boots to touch down early next Spring, ahead of April 2013′s Record Store Day festivities.

Click here for more details, and scroll down for some more images of the new range.

Clarks Record Store Day 2013 Desert Boots

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Advertorial, Shoes

Go Pro with Converse and Share your Moves with the World

By shinychris on October 8th, 2012

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New Pro Streets game launches in six European cities alongside Pro Leather Vulcs

The new Converse Pro Leather Vulcs range has launched, and Converse has kicked off a European-wide celebration of street culture to mark the occasion. Pro Streets is an innovative game that seeks to find out what’s buzzing on the streets of six of the world’s most culturally diverse cities: London, Madrid, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Milan.

Setting up CCTV-style Pro Streets cameras across Europe, Chucks fans are invited to show off their most original moves – from MC battles to breaking, skate tricks to dance routines. The game launched in London on August 29, with cameras in five of the city’s coolest boroughs: Camden, Brixton, Mile End, Finsbury Park and Ladbroke Grove, open to anyone to perform, any time. The footage is uploaded to the Pro Streets website, where you can view what’s happening at street level, and vote for your favourite vids.

Already, there are hundreds of videos online, showcasing a crazy array of moves and performances – from solo singers to guys showing off their prowess with a football, it’s giving young kids a platform to show the world their skills. There’s no big prize money involved, just the chance to get some recognition, and for people to explore the creativity at play in some of Europe’s grittiest neighbourhoods.

Encouraging creativity like this has become the heart of the Converse brand ethic. Since their first iconic All-Star basketball boot launched in 1917, Cons have grown up on the streets, becoming an essential part of the youth aesthetic for generation after generation. Punk through grunge, hip-hop through indie, A-list celebs to the world’s leading sports stars – Converse have graced the feet of some of the world’s most creative and talented bright young things. Keenly aware of this fact, Converse has set out to shine a spotlight on, celebrate, and encourage the urge to create, and their Pro Streets game is the latest in a string of initiatives that have set out to do just that.

Setting up a recording studio in Brooklyn, Rubber Tracks, that bands can use for free, promoting emerging artists and sports stars of all kinds on their website, saving London’s legendary 100 Club with sponsorship, and launching their Fix to Ride scheme – fixing up battered and cracked bowls to make them skateable again, then opening them up to the public for free – these are just some of the things that Converse has been doing to enable people, especially the young, to do what they love to do. Of course, this is all part of building the brand, but it’s also giving something back to communities and kids who love their Cons.

If you’re in London looking to get involved in the Pro Streets game, you’ll find cameras at the Sobell Leaisure Centre at Finsbury Park, Mile End Skate Park, Aytoun Place in Brixton, Camden’s Cantelowes Gardens and Portobello Green Fitness Centre in Ladbroke Grove.

The new Pro Leather Vulcs range takes inspiration from the original Converse Pro Leather shoe, launched in 1976, and is available exclusively from JD Sports in the UK.

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Advertorial, Shoes, Sport

Gold Medal Style Winners: a look back at the standout style moments of the London 2012 Olympics

By shinychris on September 24th, 2012

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London’s always been an edgy trendsetter, and this summer it showed that sport can be just as sexy as the catwalk, thanks to some standout style stars on the track. Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Karen Elson may have strutted their stuff in Alexander McQueen to close the games, but when it comes to memorable fashion moments, this year’s gold medals go to these guys.

Mo Farah

Britain’s golden boy of the track and field, Mo became a double Olympic champion at the 2012 Olympic Games, taking gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in breathtaking style. And as well as his eye catching smile as he crossed the finish line, Mo grabbed our attention with his custom-designed Nike Zoom Victory Elite neon-yellow spikes. He wasn’t the only one to step into the in-your-face trainers; in fact, more than 400 athletes wore bright yellow sneakers from the specially created Nike Volt range over the course of the games. The reason? Their high tech Flywire technology forms an ultra-lightweight upper, woven using featherweight single thread, to create a sock-like fit. Not to mention the gleaming, golden spike plate that helped 25 of the Nike wearers win gold for real.

Usain Bolt

The fastest man on the planet looked slick in his custom-designed Puma tracksuit pre-race. Draped in black from head to toe, hood up, and with plenty of attitude, Usain looked like a winner from the start. The Jamaican kit was designed especially for the games by Cedella Marley, daughter of reggae legend Bob. Featuring slogans like ‘Positive Vibrations’, and pictures of her father on some of the track jackets, she said that she’d been inspired by her dad’s style, and wanted to merge the worlds of Jamaican music and sport with her kit design. It certainly inspired the Lightning Bolt, who went on to create a new Olympic 100m record, and take home the gold in both the 100m and 200m finals.

Sanya Richards-Ross

American 400m gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross caused a stir on the track with her imposing, feminine look. While most female athletes choose to tie their hair back, she braided just the front, leaving her tousled curls to hang loose down her back. Brushing back her hair, she revealed a pair of blingin’ Chanel earrings too. Teamed with her Nike athletic sleeves – designed to emphasise her muscular arms and shoulders, as Sanya stepped out onto the track she ensured that all eyes were on her – and an instant threat to her competitors before she’d got off the starting block.

Yohan Blake

Another trendsetter from the Jamaican team, Yohan turned heads and caused a little controversy with his OTT accessorising at the games. Violating the strict Olympic clothing regulations, which state that athletes are only allowed to wear apparel that is sponsored by their country, he flouted the rulebook and wore an eyepopping yellow watch during the 100m final. Custom-made for Yohan by designer Richard Mille, this bit of bling was impossible to miss, and cost an eyewatering $500,000 too.



Footwear, Shoes

There’s “No Place Like Home” for GPS Brogues concept

By Gerald Lynch on September 14th, 2012

Google Maps and TomToms are all well and good, but don’t you sometimes wish your feet themselves could find the right path by themselves? With these new GPS brogue shoe concepts, that wish could soon be answered.

Designed by Dominic Wilcox (who calls his Wizard of Oz-inspired shoes No Place Like Home), and commissioned by Global Footprint, the left shoe in the pair has a GPS sensor placed in the heel which is activated by clicking the two heels together.

After uploading a destination to the shoes through a USB connection from a laptop, a circle of brogue perforations reveal LEDs that light up to indicate which direction the wearer should take. The right shoe indicates distance travelled, with a progress bar of red LED lights that illuminate as the wearer gets closer to their target.

“My work is all about reimaging uses for objects, and the relationships that exist between things,” said Wilcox.

“I hope my GPS shoes will reconnect people to the craftsmanship inherent in shoe-making, but also stretch the boundaries of potential for the industry. ”

It’s a nifty idea that we could actually see taking off in the real world, though you’d have to be careful not to walk into a lampost if you’re staring at your feet all the time. Also, that laptop transfer sounds a bit clunky; if they ever left the concept stages we’d love to see them pairing up with a smartphone, tablet or PC wirelessly to set a destination. Still, it seems a fun and ingenious way of directing people around town, if it works.

If you’re interested in checking out the shoes, No Place Like Home is currently being exhibited as part of Dominic’s Variations on Normal exhibition at KK Outlet, Hoxton, prior to its installation in the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery as part of Global Footprint. The exhibit will then go on show at the DESIGN TIDE event in Tokyo later in the year.



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The Many Faces Of The Formal Shoe

By shinychris on August 29th, 2012

The variety of styles, colours and looks of formal shoes is growing day by day. Long gone are the days of just being able to choose between a black pair and a brown pair, and having to have shoe laces, too. Here’s a look at some of the many new and traditional faces of formal shoes.

Here’s an example of the traditional formal shoe, I just mentioned, right? Wrong. It has much more to it. A traditional formal show with a contemporary twist:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The subtle studs and interesting soles make this shoe ideal for the young entrepreneur who wants to dress for business, but keep his rogue flair intact.

 

 

 

 

 

Bold colours are becoming ever more acceptable in formal shoe wear, and it’s also highly popular. These flash red formal shoes can be worn to a posh dinner party, as well as to a wedding to really show off with your style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having no laces on your shoes would’ve not that long ago been completely unacceptable, as only six hole shoes were deemed as formal shoes. These no lace and more loafer styled shoes are very popular due to their boot like appeal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Jasper boots are borderline formal. You won’t get away with them at a business meeting just yet, but times are changing so keep an eye out for these two leather style ankle boots.

These formal shoes and many more mens shoes are available from House Of Fraser. Be sure to stop by and take a look.

This post was created in collaboration with House Of Fraser

 



News, Shoes

SHOE PORN: Herring Shoes Carnaby brogues

By Gerald Lynch on August 17th, 2012

 We cant get enough of a good pair of shoes here at Brandish, so today we’re introducing an occasional new feature called SHOE PORN, where we binge and indulge on one of our favourite pairs.

Kicking things off in fine fashion is Herring Shoes’ Carnaby brogue. A full (wingtip) brogue on the 386 last, it’s made of gorgeously detailed tan calf leather, with a sturdy Goodyear welted leather sole.

“Brogues can sometimes seem a bit heavy and we wanted to produce a classic brogue with a light summery feel.  The distinctive biscuit calf leather of the Carnaby fits the bill perfectly,” say Herring.

Worried about how you’d match up these lighter shaded shoes? Try lighter navy blues or complimentary tans. Daring rockstar wannabes may even try a pair of white slacks too.

Grab the Herring Carnaby brogues for £185 by clicking here. Scroll down for an excessive number of photos of the shoes from every conceivable angle!



Gallery, Shoes

Herring Shoes launch two-tone Harvard II brogues

By Gerald Lynch on July 26th, 2012

Herring Harvard II (Brown)

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You can bet your life on a pair of brogues, the Brandish go-to style that no fashion conscious gent’s wardrobe should be without.

One of our favourite family-run British brands Herring, who’ve been churning out beautiful brogues both traditional and modern since 1966, have just revealed their latest line: the Herring Harvard II.

A two-tone saddle brogue line-up, they’re part of Herring’s Premium collection, and land with a £255 price tag.

Four styles in all are available; a chestnut and navy suede mix, a gangster-friendly mahogany and ivory pair, a mahogany and tam suede look and the chestnut mahogany grain pair pictured above (being our personal favourites).

“The new range is made in the well-established Cheaney factory, renowned for turning out individual styles with hand crafted finishes,” reads the Herring blog.

“This is echoed throughout the Herring Harvard II from the use of a full leather lining to the Goodyear welted leather sole, adding extra comfort, moisture management and excellent shape retention.”

Check out the gallery above for a look at the Herring Harvard II brogues, as well as a selection of choice cuts from the rest of the Herring range.

For more on the range, visit www.herringshoes.co.uk.



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10 pairs of Brogues to put the Spring in your step

By Gerald Lynch on March 27th, 2012

Adamis (Mr B) from Aldo -£100

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Ah, a good old pair of Brogues; the work horse of mens’ wardrobes across the globe, they’re the one pair of shoes as comfortable in the boardroom as they are down the pub.

The little pock-marked shoe has come a long way from its humble beginnings as cross-country footwear in Scotland and Ireland (the little holes were intended as drainage run-offs when passing through wet terrain) and now everyone from Kurt Geiger to Dr Martens have a fair few pairs in their catalogues.

Whether you’re going for wingtips or semis, black, tan or multi-coloured offerings, we’ve pulled together our ten favourite pairs to put the Spring in your step this season.

Click through the gallery above to browse our picks!



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Review: K-Swiss Blade Max Trails

By Laura on November 9th, 2011

Let’s face it; most of us amateur runners live in urban environments with limited access to unblemished cross country paths and tracks. That said, once we do manage to skip our way through the traffic and bypass the concrete highways, many of us like to get as close to cross country running as we can – even if a jog around the local park is stretching the term a little. Personally, I like to get onto the softer ground as soon as possible and having had to pull out of a recent 10K run after my knees took too much of a pounding on the London streets I was keen to try out the new K-Swiss Blade Max Trail trainers and quite literally put them through their paces.

The first thing that struck me about them was their solid base. I certainly felt confident looking at them that these would give me a more robust tread out on the wild pathways of Tooting Common. As I set off the sky was grey and there had been a fair amount of over night rain – water which as I would discover had left the ground soft and slippery. I was interested to see how the trainers would cope with these relatively treacherous conditions.

I took a deliberately difficult route that I would knew would take me across soggy fields, dangerous branches, hills and the obligatory inner city dog poo. I hit the soft wet ground first and have to say that my new footwear definitely gave me superior grip. Nobody likes running through wet mud but after a few paces I found that my confidence had grown and I no longer needed to run delicately as you do with standard running shoes, rather I was bouncing over the mushy ground. My only concern being what my wife would say when I returned home covered in mud. Next was a more cross country section through the trees. Many an ankle has been left sprained by stray roots popping out from hidden crevices but again the trainers stood up well and I felt comfortable that my knees and ankles were in safe hands (metaphorically speaking of course). Finally I headed down a shale pathway full of rocks that can often poke through less robust footwear, leaving you either off balance or with sore feet. Not a problem anymore as the solid sole made light work of the uncertain terrain.

I certainly give the K-Swiss Blade Max Trail a big thumbs up. Wherever you run, you’ll likely find yourself traversing across a range of different terrains, from concrete streets, to soggy marshes, or bumpy ground. The K-Swiss Blade Max Trail gives the right amount of protection combined with a soft running action. They’re not necessarily the quickest trainers out there but then that’s not what they’re designed for.

The K-Swiss Blade Max Trails retail for £90

Guest post by @jamieoharvey



Brand Spotlight, Footwear, Shoes, Shop Profile, Sportswear

Ashworth Launch First Ever Golf and Lifestyle Footwear Collection

By Laura on June 6th, 2011

Ashworth, yes the golf brand, is launching their first golf and lifestyle footwear collection on June 16th. The collection features four styles made for both “on-the-course” wear and “off-the-course” lifestyle.

Our favourites are the Cardiff and the Encinitas. The Cardiff is a golf shoe that looks more like something you could wear around the city. The shoe has great playability, wearability and a sure-footed spikeless sole unite with tumbled leathers and rich suede accents. It is available in navy, white and black colourways for $120. The Encinitas on the other hand has more of a loafer style and is again made with premium materials and fine craftsmanship. These shoes would work great paired with chinos or jeans. They are available in tan and black for $140.




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