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Footwear

Poll: ASOS tasselled loafer

By Isabelle OCarroll on July 15th, 2009

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Tasselled loafers have been on our radar for yonks now, and this summer saw deck shoes really break into mainstream menswear but are we ready for a hybrid?

ASOS seem to think so with their fringe tie deck shoe, it has all the retro casual of a deck shoe with the dandy addition of a tassel. As if that wasn’t enough it also features a kiltie, we are big fans of the little fringed tab! What do you think? Take our poll and let us know!




Footwear, Trends

Woven shoes for summer from high street to designer

By admin on May 8th, 2009

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We recently had a reader request about woven shoes, the reader in question wanted a pair of semi-formal shoes for summer, with a weave. Seb Law already mentioned that tatty plimsolls are not a good look for the warmer months, and woven shoes are a far more grown-up alternative.

Airy and breezy, Ask the Missus‘ white lace ups are just what every man who can’t quite face sandals needs. For high summer and holidays a pair of sandals with a braided detail are much more stylish than flip flops. The most rustic of the bunch, the brown woven slippers will be the only shoes you need for a summer holiday. Lastly, Officine Creative‘s woven loafers are modern take on a classic, and more than smart enough for the office. Jump through for full product details.

If you have any summer clothing quandaries drop me an email at isabelle@shinymedia.com

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Footwear

Yukam Vivo Barefoot shoe by Terra Plana

By admin on April 22nd, 2009

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Walking barefoot is one of the pleasures of summer, but unless you’re on holiday or a complete hippy with cowrie shells and guitar it’s probably better to wear shoes. Terra Plana have brought out their summer Vivo Barefoot range with a thin sole that helps you walk naturally, as if you aren’t wearing any shoes. Based on the Alexander Technique principle that walking barefoot is best, it sorts your posture and helps your walking technique.

The Yukam slip-on looks a damn sight better than an MBT and there’s no doubt it will make a great summer shoe. Terra Plana shoes are hard-wearing, and this one is bound be your faithful companion while you gad about enjoying the summer sun!



Heroes and Celebrities

hypebeast: Stan Smith interview

By Jonathan Smith on March 19th, 2009

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Hypebeast has posted an interview with Stan Smith, the face to one of the most popular tennis shoes of all times. The interview (by Eugene Kan) gives a little insight into Stan’s own background and how he broke into the world of professional tennis, as well as how the game has changed over the past 40 years. Smith also talks about his minimal involvement in the development of the Adidas trainer that has taken his name and his own surprise that the shoe has been in production for almost 40 years without hiatus. Oh and I mustn’t forget about the curious tale of why the shoe bares a moustache-less visage of Stan, that’s a real corker! (It’s not)

The interview will be of interest to any sneaker or tennis fanatic and if you’re a tennis sneaker fanatic then this will BLOW-YOUR-MIND so take a peek here.



Brand Spotlight, Footwear, Top Five

A Waste of Money or An Investment Piece? Dr. Martens 1461 Shoe

By Will Reid on March 11th, 2009

drmartens1.jpgLast week I was in search for a pair of school shoes. Beginning with classic brogues, I sampled a pair of black loafers and sneakily tried on a pair of Paul Smith Jermyns (with glorious plum laces) before ending up with a pair of not-so-exciting pointed Topman lace-ups. Inspired by this bout of school-shoe shopping I ventured onto Oki-Ni and came across their Doc Martens. Floral. Striped. Coloured. Neon. But then I came across their 1461 shoe and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

A shoe, in simple black leather, that was more than double the price but half as nice as many of the shoes I had seen the previous day. These Dr. Martens did not look worth their £70 price tag, especially in comparison to my £35 Topman shoes. Granted, the Dr. Martens are probably better quality and might last longer but, are they even that easy on the eye? I, for one, wouldn’t want to be seen in them.

Fashion is fickle, even in times of economic recession. See after the jump for my Top 5 Best on a Budget Smart Shoes.

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Footwear, Sales

Aquascutum orange desert boots from Farfetch

By admin on January 16th, 2009

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Splashing out on a pair of brightly coloured suede boots might not be your biggest priority at the moment but Aquascutum’s desert boots are pretty appealing.

Orange is one of the big colour trends to come out of womenswear this season and it’s a great shade to pep up staple menswear items like beige khakis, grey cardigans and jeans. What’s more the boots are on sale with 30% off at Farfetch so you’ve got a great excuse should you wish to treat yourself to something to perk up the post-Christmas slump.



Heroes and Celebrities, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

George W Bush’s response to the shoe thrower now available on a t-shirt

By Jonathan Smith on December 17th, 2008

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Now we know that Bush is out of office in just over a month and that the good ship McCaine has been sunk we can now look back with nostalgia at good old George W. and in the twilight months of his presidency he gives us the wittiest and quickest remark he has ever mustered: “If you want to know the facts, it’s a size 10 shoe.” – standing ovation please.

With cat like reactions Bush dodged the flying size 10 and with perhaps even quicker reactions PLus 41 and Cellophane have released the t-shirt pictured above, I love it. This is one of those seminal quotes that our generation will always remember and reference and our kids will never understand or care.

Available from PLus41 and Cellophane

Jump through to see Bush’s dodge and triumphant retort.

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Footwear, News

Clarks Originals Desert Boot goes metal

By admin on October 10th, 2008

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The Desert Boot is a design classic and is one of those items which never really goes out of style. I recently saw a well-dressed chap on the street sporting a suede pair with some tracksuit-bottom style cuffed trousers and it made a great outfit.

Clarks Originals
have some great traditional colours available for Autumn, their Desert Boot comes in cream, tan and ebony. They’ve also updated the look and brought out a pair in shimmering peach or silver and they’re about a hundred times better looking than they sound on paper.

The peach pair would look great with some faded grey jeans and in my dreams I’d love to see the silver pair as part of an all-metallic outfit… What? Pictures after the jump.

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Clothing, Outfit picks, Suits & Tailoring

Outfit Pick: The Waistcoat Done Well?

By Will Reid on September 8th, 2008

waistcoat.jpgJust last week, Brandish editor Isabelle asked the general fashion public if the waistcoat could ever be worn well. We were subjected to the torture of Boyzone (whose waistcoat crimes can also be seen here,) and then buttered up with stories of white waffle and petrol blue. Now, I’ve created an outfit out of an All Saints waistcoat and looked to Frank Sinatra for tailoring inspiration.

Tell us what you think by e-mailing isabelle@shinymedia.com!

Product details after the jump.

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Footwear

Silver hi-tops from b Store

By admin on August 27th, 2008

mascaleros silver trainer b store.jpgFormal shoes have eclipsed trainers in the style stakes for a good while now but sometimes you just want to cocoon yourself in comfort.

b Store‘s Mascaleros silver hi-tops are comfy and plain enough to pass everyday muster while the silver finish adds a bit of a stylistic flourish. They’re reduced to £74.50 on the site and will make even the most simple combination of jeans and t-shirt look flash.



Footwear

Worn Again bicycle shoe on sale

By admin on August 8th, 2008

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They’re already quite well established, but in case you haven’t heard of Worn Again before they recycle old materials making them into shoes and trainers you would actually wear. Seatbelts, tyres and tweed jackets, anything with life left in it is salvaged and used to make their trainers.

Worn Again’s bicycle shoe combines simple good looks and green credentials; and what’s more they’re reduced down to £35 which is a bargain price. The khaki and black colour scheme will look great with a pair of grey trousers for a pared down, minimal look.



Footwear

French Connection navy deck shoe

By admin on June 3rd, 2008

boat shoe deck french connection.jpgWe’ve said it before, but deck shoes are the best choice for this summer. Flip flops are too scruffy and although canvas shoes are a good staple they’ve become a little ubiquitous.

You might remember the slightly dodgy Office deck shoe I wrote about last week, these deck shoes from French Connection (£50) are much more the kind of thing you should be aiming for.

The navy and weathered black colours are much more modern than fusty brown and look great with jeans and khakis alike. Even better, deck shoes go really well with shorts perfectly straddling the divide between smart and casual. Just don’t go popping the collar of your polo shirt if you don’t want to look like an idiot.



Footwear

Office brown deck shoe

By admin on May 28th, 2008

deck shoe brown office.JPGI know we’re pretty hot for deck shoes at the moment but I didn’t mean these monstrosities. Something about the overlong vamp and safe brown really creeps me out. It’s like I’ve been flung into a fashion black hole and spat out somewhere in Clapham or Putney.
If you’re going to give deck shoes a punt (LOL! …Sorry) make sure they are navy or an acid bright and check that the vamp is a bit shorter than Henry Conway’s parliamentary expenses.



Footwear, Trends

Street Trends: Tasselled loafers

By admin on April 22nd, 2008

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You can probably tell from this poor man’s expression that when I approached him to take a picture he thought I was taking the piss, but his highly shined loafers caught my eye like a silver spoon to a magpie. Added kudos goes to his pressed cords and Fred Perry bomber, it’s a mod(-ish purists!) look without the museum-y feel.

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Footwear, News, Sportswear

Onistuka Tiger launches vending machine for trainers

By admin on April 15th, 2008

onitsuka tiger trainer sneaker vending machine.jpgSticking to their Japanese roots Onitsuka Tiger launched the world’s first vending machine for trainers today.

Stocking trainers in UK sizes 5 to 10 the vending machine will be dispensing shoes until Wednesday when it will embark on a tour of the country. If you fancy some ultra quick retail therapy head down to their London store on Newburgh St and if you’re lucky enough to win their competition you might just get you pair of vending machine trainers for free!

See after the jump for pictures of people larking about with the vending machine.

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