They may not necessarily be staple footwear but a saddle shoe makes an excellent addition to a fall wardrobe. These Florsheim by Duckie Brown saddles shoes look great with seasonal tweeds, wools and dark denim and the color way gives you the opportunity to go just as bold with your sock selection (or lack there of). You may even wish to try pairing them with a well tailored charcoal grey suit and a wool tie. The gentleman at Park & Bond, the exceptionally curated men’s full price site from Gilt Groupe, carry them for $325 but take a look around if that price point is a bit steep, there will be plenty of saddles out there this season.
In case you are looking for a shoe suitable to wear with the Cucinelli suits I put up yesterday here is a pretty solid option. This is a shoe that is definitely worth spending the $470 on. Beautifully made, as all Gucci products are, with a suede body, leather toe and metal buckle. If you have ever been to Florence, where Gucci was started, you’ll know that almost all of the streets in the city are cobble stone hence the rubber sole to preserve the life of your near $500 investment. Take the time to find a good shoemaker for when the rubber sole does eventually wear down and as always use shoe trees. Available online at MrPorter.com
Don’t need to say much about TOMS. Great look, great cause. These Charcoal Canvas Stitchouts happen to be my favorites. Excellent summer footwear!
In the midst of designers showing their Fall/Winter 2011 lines in Milan, Paris, and most recently in New York it has almost slipped my mind that Spring is just around the corner. Last year around this time I made the big move and picked up a cotton summer suit from Brooks Brother’s. It has served me well thus far and I think I owe it something in return. For that reason I plan on picking up a pair of Walk-Over’s. The company that from 1758 until the 1990′s hand made shoes right here in the U.S.A. After a little over a decade of non-existence Walk-Over is making its return this coming season, and in style I might add. Their classic line features the classic Derby, Saddle, Wingtip, and Chukka, while their Spring 2011 line features the slightly more stylish Derby 100′s (shown above), Derby Midi’s, and Saddle Midi’s. Keep an eye out for them this Spring and in the mean time take a look at their web page to see all of the styles (www.walkover.com).
UGG Australia, as many of you know, started out as the preferred boot for surfers and has since evolved into quite the trend over the past decade for men and women alike. Obviously, with a dominance in the women’s market, UGG has normally catered to women, while having a few of the same styles available for men. But, recently, at least for this season, UGG has been stepping up their game in terms of boot design. Recently, they’ve been offering more styles for a man who likes a bossier, bolder boot. Some of their boots resemble Frye styles, but come with the signature UGG sheepskin comfort. Who doesn’t like their feet surrounded by extremely soft, warm sheepskin?
Pictured above are the UGG Driskell Boots, which also come in black, and definitely symbolize a rugged, motorcycle look, but with a slight refinement. Pair them with a pair of dark jeans or brown pants, and you have yourself a sick riding boot, but fear not, they’ll look good when trying to dress them up a bit too. Also, check out the Britton and the Rockville II on the UGG website. You’ll definitely see how they’re becoming quite the game-changer in the footwear market.