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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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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.



features, Footwear, Shoes, Sports, Sportswear

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



Collaborations, features, Footwear

Yarn-bombing for the Converse Knitted Cuff

By Laura on September 30th, 2011

The latest offering from Converse, brings street style and the unique, eco-urban mark-making art form Yarn-Bombing together, to create the Knitted Cuff.

HOTTEA, is one of the many artist working in the medium across the US. He got into Yarn-Bombing after being shot by a taser gun and spending three days in jail for graffiti. By changing the medium he works in, he was able to continue augmenting his environment without damaging it…lowering his risk of being caught by councils and police.

HOTTEA as well as a number of other Yarn-Bombing artists’ joined up with Converse and Foot Locker to bring their unique artform to the campaign and Europe, using threads of yarn to artistically link every day street objects, giving the environment its very own version of the knitted cuff.


The shoe comes in a number of colourways including a knitted red, black and white woollen cuff with a grey canvas upper on a high top silhouette. It is also available is a series of plaid collars .

The Knitted Cuff by Converse is available now exclusively at Foot Locket for £54.99



Footwear, News

Vans California Washed Pack

By Laura on February 23rd, 2011

The Vans California Washed Pack, were released this month as a part of their spring collection. Produced with a unique washed effect, they have that worn-in vintage look that usually only get after wearing your shoes into the ground. They are available in various styles including the Authentic Deacon CA and Slip-on Deacon CA in four colorways of stone washed canvas with desaturated tones and soft, comfortable uppers. While I realise not everyone likes the distressed look – these are going to look great as soon as the warmer weather hits.



features, How to, Shoes

How To Remove Salt Stains From Your Shoes

By Laura on December 16th, 2010

If it wasn’t for sidewalk salt in the winter we would all be slipping and sliding all over the place, however, it can make a huge mess of your shoes. Leaving those awful, highly visible, white stains behind, not to mention permanent damage to the leather.

In the last few weeks I have heard a number of people say they have thrown their shoes out due to the salt damage. Growing up in Canada, this is a problem I am all to familiar with, but there is a solution that will help your shoes see it thought to another season.

Just follow the following steps and you will have your shoes looking as good as new.

Things You’ll Need:
Warm water
White vinegar
Bowl
Paper towels
Soft cloths
Shoe polish (optional)

1) Remove any grains of salt that may be stuck to the outside by brushing your shoes down.

2) Create a mixture of two parts water and one part white vinegar. It’s OK to approximate the amounts, and just use your best judgment to make sure that you have enough to clean the both Shoes; the required amount will vary depending on the size and of the salt-stained areas.

3) Dip a folded paper towel into the water and vinegar mixture and rub the solution onto a small stained area of one shoe. After it appears that the white stains have been rubbed out, switch to a clean, soft cloth and buff the area dry. Continue moving along the surface of the shoe, cleaning one small area at a time and immediately buffing it dry with a separate cloth.

4) Let both shoes air dry for at least 30 minutes after you finish cleaning them. Check them again to see if you missed any spots. They may only show up after the leather has fully dried.

5) Polish your your after they’ve completely dried. Regular polishing throughout the winter season will help strengthen the integrity of the leather and put up an additional barrier to the harmful sidewalk salt.



Footwear

Classic Shoe Maker Grenson To Open Online Shop

By Laura on November 17th, 2010

Grenson

Grenson, the classic English shoe maker, will open it’s own online shop later this this month. The traditional shoemakers have been making classic mens shoes for over 120 years. Founded in 1886 by William Green, their philosophy of ‘Quality first’ is still evident in the craftsmanship today.

With the wet weather here, we love the Glenn Cyclone Wax Canvas Boots (above). A great classic boot that will keep your feet dry.

Until their online store opens you can buy their shoes here.



Designer Spotlight, Footwear

Lusting after McQueen S/S10: time machine, please?

By cchapman on July 15th, 2009

alexander-mcqueen-spring-2010-sneaker-02-405x540.jpgIt seems in fashion we always want to be at the next destination, now. So it is that we haven’t even hit August yet and some of us are already thinking ahead to what to wear in the fall. Of course, the fact that collections are shown out of sync with actual seasons doesn’t help. An extreme example I’m faced with is wanting ALL of the McQueen shoe collection from S/S10 right now.

Selectism.com have been giving sneak previews of the McQueen S/S10 shoe collection, when THOSE paint splattered lovelies, will apparently also be available as trainers. Picking up on the folk-art patchwork and paint splattering seen in his recent film-presentation-as-show in Milan, the trainers seen here feature both of these themes as gorgeous detailing. Patience is, I guess, a virtue but in the wicked world of fashion it is sometimes sorely tested.

Source: Selectism.com



Accessories, Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Gallery, Sportswear, sunglasses, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Menswear summer picks from Lee Douros, head buyer at my-wardrobe pt2

By admin on July 2nd, 2009

The second instalment of our summer picks from menswear buyer Lee Douros. There are some beautiful items that will take you stylishly into autumn including a wonderful pair of cornflower blue deck shoes.

Having made their first foray into menswear my-wardrobe have got some exciting brands on board for Autumn, can’t wait for their A/W picks!

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Menswear summer picks from Lee Douros, head buyer at my-wardrobe

By admin on June 30th, 2009

Lee Douros is the menswear buyer for my-wardrobe and at the last press day we had a great chat with him about men’s clothing and the online side of things. Lee definitely knows his stuff, so we were thrilled when he agreed to present his top summer picks for us. If you’re still stuck for high-summer chic then this is like the holy grail. Stay tuned for pt2!

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Designer Spotlight, Footwear

Lets get some shoes: Pantofola d’Oro

By cchapman on June 25th, 2009

Pantofola.jpgProving that shoe obsession isn’t just a girl thing, a recent Twitter debate with fellow shoe lovers on designated #shoesday (every Tuesday for the uninitiated) led me to that rare thing, a new shoe brand.

With a history steeped in the dual Italian loves of football and shoes, the Pantofola d’Oro brand includes a range of luxury sports shoes, the most interesting to me being the Cereço line. Taking the correspondent shoe a step further, the Cereço range features a half-and-half construction of distressed canvas and luxury ‘only the Italians’ leathers. Including crododile skin! Where to find these beauties? So far, the only UK-focused retailer I can find is online store The Corner, who include an example of the Cereço line in their range at £118. With shoes like these you can step out like an old-school Italian footballer and fell those foam rubber Nike-lovers without even moving.

Pantofola d’Oro site

Pantofola d’Oro on The Corner



Accessories, Brand Spotlight, Footwear

Opening Ceremony shoes: Do Androids Dream of Electric (Blue) Feet?

By SLaw on June 16th, 2009

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New York & Los Angeles-based boutique Opening Ceremony is already a favourite with fashion insiders, with a wide-ranging selection of fine labels, cuts and accessories; much like to London’s b Store, but with added vintage finds. Like that Savile Row emporium, their own-brand shoes have become staples with footwear connoisseurs.

And it’s easy to see why. Understatedly simple design, well put together and beautifully finished; they are shoes that are designed to last beyond one season. Originally seen in the post-war US airforce, the classic blue suede shoe has been updated in an electric indigo (Some call it International Klein Blue, some call it Celia Blue), which should by rights pigeonhole them as one-hit wonders, but is striking rather than fashion-victim. They also exist in a clean, desert boot style, and in a darker suede, with a Lanvinesque patent leather toe. Suede isn’t exactly the most practical of materials (just ask Elvis), but when it’s executed this well, frankly, who cares?

Available from online fashion oasis, Farfetch (via the V-Store in Copenhagen), and French retailer Tres Bien Shop.



Footwear

Raf Simons X Fred Perry loafers at Daniel Jenkins

By admin on April 1st, 2009

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Daniel at Daniel Jenkins (obvs) informs me that these Raf Simons X Fred Perry loafers are selling out… Fast!

Little wonder, the intense monochrome colour reminds me of Lanvin’s enamel jewellery. The uniform colour is just what you need to give an outfit some impact, so if you’ve cash to spend on a deck shoe with a difference they’re £155 on the site.



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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Designer Spotlight, Footwear, Heroes and Celebrities

Which do you prefer? Lanvin’s trainers or Kanye’s kicks for Louis Vuitton

By admin on January 26th, 2009

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44% of you thought Kanye West‘s mullet was bad, but what do you think of his trainers? West recently designed a pair of trainers for Louis Vuitton, The 808s and Heartbreaks star spoke to Dazed Digital about his inspiration for the design: “They’ve got a sci-fi influence with this flap up at the back. It came from a scene in ‘Dune’ where there was this jacket with a huge collar. Also Japanese pop art.” He also said: “I’m a walking billboard but to be able to now create something from scratch is amazing.”

But how do they compare to Lanvin‘s trainers? Do you prefer the 80′s nostalgia and sportswear chic of the LV/Yeezy pair or the mix of materials and subtle colour matching of the Lanvins? Jump and tell us what you think in our poll…

[Source: Dazed Digital, Materialiste]

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