For my eye and taste in footwear, some people/brands out there really hit the nail on the head. Generally you won’t find me making a post about something I don’t like, although I will not be shy to point out aspects or elements that I dislike. One of these people/brands in footwear I always look forward to seeing (their latest release or what they are working on or generally follow) are Diversitile. Based in central Florida this group has been customising all aspects of fashion clothing and footwear for some time and been doing it with great skill and forethought into the design. The level of expertise required to achieve what they do sometimes bordering factory line small volume output, (which is not an insult I assure you!) for hand decorated, de-constructed, re-crafted footwear in my opinion is … Read More »
“The Wrap, a modern interpretation of a traditional CVO low top silhouette, has been redesigned”, that is from the official Supra website! They also describe the shoe as featuring the unique 2 piece canvas upper construction. The last’s profile has been slightly increased to accommodate the slightly larger foxing tape (which is in line with more traditional vulcanised styles, especially those from Supra, eg – Vaider). This “new” style is available from Supra in 12 colours at 40 quid a pair. The A-symmetric pattern really does freshen it up and justify this revamp. I am always sceptical when companies try to relaunch a design after giving it some tweaks, it almost feels like a money grabber, but this relaunch, in my opinion, (as stated before) is justified. Launching it mid AW12 is a great way to fill this sort of … Read More »
Due to my background in footwear design and heritage in English footwear, I am intrigued by the custom footwear market. I am not just talking about doodling on an upper to make it look a little bit whackier than its other kin – not that there is anything wrong with that and I fully recognise that is a skill of its own… when done properly… I am going to look at deconstructed custom sneakers.
First, let me explain a little bit about both, custom deconstructed sneaker and the drawn on shoe that I mentioned just now. A drawn on sneaker is exactly that, drawn on… what ever the application, for example paintbrush with waterproof paints, permanent pens that don’t smudge, coloured in stitch rows and sketched on outsoles and so on, more often than not the shoe is not taken apart. … Read More »
Every mens heritage brand has got a Tricker, when I say Tricker I of course mean a classic Brogue / Derby / 3 eye Gibson / Oxford / Etc…. with a modern refreshing tweak. As you may have guessed I am calling it a Tricker as a derivitive of the hand made footwear brand Tricker’s. This resurgance in classic English heritage footwear has been (in my opinion) displayed excellently in their collaboration with Junya Watanabe, in particular this navy Wingtip beauty. Showing everyone else how the original should be moved on. White flat laces and highly polished navy leather starkly contrasted by the white sports outsole. Maintaining the classic brogue punching and neat gentlemans silhouette with a bold red lining for that extra detail. Dabbling in Ath’leisure but still heavily planted with its Trickers roots, the balance is perfect for casual … Read More »