MASON: MADE IN ITALY

The older I become I find myself drawn more towards high-quality footwear. As I satisfy my cravings for sneakers (specifically retros) I’ve noticed that I’ve become more concerned with versatile silhouettes, neutral color ways, real leather and comfortable soles. I discovered Mason when I came across the IG page of their Art Director (@mitchelldjh). The inspiration and structure of this shoe is a no-brainer: Nike Air Force 1 and Adidas Stan Smith (Raf Simons) mash-up with a one-piece full-grain calf leather upper. The Omar Alce Virtus is a great option this summer and gives you the option to showcase individuality but still be trendy. Mason


ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

In fashion, it is always key to have basic silhouettes and colors to rotate in your wardrobe. The same technique should be practiced with your footwear and as summer approaches our usual monotones of black and white colorways are being replaced by more appropriate and vibrant colors. My favorite this season is orange. I believe that orange is a great vibrant yet neutral option for 2016. Here are a few of my favorites this season. 


5 BASICS FOR YOUR WEEKLY ROTATION

Editor of GQ Style, Will Welch (@willwelch) and Designer/ Founder of Kith, Ronnie Fieg (@ronniefieg) discussed the 5 essential pieces of footwear for today's professional male. Both of these gentlemen had great options, therefore, I decided to him in and add some styles that I personally would fit the bill. As we all know, there are tons of options out there and they differ on your particular taste, therefore, I will post a new set each week. Enjoy and feel free to leave comments. 


It's still boot season, and although I love a classic pair of Timberlands, I am impressed by this contemporary and traditional twist to this boot by Frye. The Duke Roper stays true to the tradition of the rodeo with an extremely rough suede that adds great texture to this silhouette. 


I decided to recreate this classic, yet minimalist, Air Jordan ad. The 72-10 was one of the most anticipated sneakers of 2015 and dispite  its tortoise-like response from buyers, it's still a great colorway. There are mixed reviews for this sneaker and most common the fact that Jordan never wore this color on court, but who gives a shit. If you like it wear it....WEAR IT!


Patent leather is no longer for the formal type. I initially saw this embraced in the Air Jordan XIs. This loafer adds a twist to the traditional patent by making a pebbled patent which, in my opinion, adds extra detail to such a neutral (almost void) color. The penny loafer will never go out of fashion and is a great addition to your closet. Find it at Cole Haan


The Luxury "Beater": Golden Goose

One thing that I've noticed in today's footwear is the idea of the "beater". In a previous post, I briefly discussed how shoe collectors and sneaker heads are downsizing their collections to weekly rotations and even shoes that can be worn all day without worry of damage and scuffs called, "beaters". I consider Golden Goose, and Italian brand that I've been watching for a while to be a new term that I call the "luxury beater". As someone who loves shoes and appreciated good craftsmanship despite that life of the shoe, Golden Goose can provide you with a high-quality beater with this classic Americana color way. Size 12-14(US) available at Farfetch. 

One thing that I've noticed in today's footwear is the idea of the "beater". In a previous post, I briefly discussed how shoe collectors and sneaker heads are downsizing their collections to weekly rotations and even shoes that can be worn all day without worry of damage and scuffs called, "beaters". I consider Golden Goose, and Italian brand that I've been watching for a while to be a new term that I call the "luxury beater". As someone who loves shoes and appreciated good craftsmanship despite that life of the shoe, Golden Goose can provide you with a high-quality beater with this classic Americana color way. Size 12-14(US) available at Farfetch


Always is rotation! Do you wear white sneakers in the winter? I do

Always is rotation! Do you wear white sneakers in the winter? I do

I've noticed that there is a big attraction to the retro or "classic" silhouette when it comes to sneakers. Aside from oxfords or a classic dress shoe, I find that athletic footwear allows for more creativity in patterns and risk-taking in color ways. Although it is 2015, it seems as though we are stuck in the past rather than embracing the future in footwear. The industry has proven that we don't have a lack of creativity, but more so a lack of diversity. I no longer go on my Facebook account (it is the DEVIL!), but I'm heavy on Instagram and I follow several top accounts in the footwear industry. I also follow a lot of retailers and one that I enjoy in RIF LA. One thing that I've noticed that I've noticed about there account is that a lot of collectors are getting older and are giving up their "babies" for...babies. Human babies and wives and a house with a grill in the backyard and "his and hers" Toyota Camrys. From this dillution of sneaker abundance brings what we now know as "The Rotation": a 5-10 pair set of shoes that are kept at a minimum and rotated to suit weekly attire. In a nutshell, people are selling their collections for more versatile and neutral colors and silhouettes. Despite a height in design, shoe brands like Timberland, Vans, Converse, Adidas and Nike still stock (and sell) basic designs...and I'm all for it! *image courtesy of kicksonfire.com

I've noticed that there is a big attraction to the retro or "classic" silhouette when it comes to sneakers. Aside from oxfords or a classic dress shoe, I find that athletic footwear allows for more creativity in patterns and risk-taking in color ways. Although it is 2015, it seems as though we are stuck in the past rather than embracing the future in footwear. The industry has proven that we don't have a lack of creativity, but more so a lack of diversity. I no longer go on my Facebook account (it is the DEVIL!), but I'm heavy on Instagram and I follow several top accounts in the footwear industry. I also follow a lot of retailers and one that I enjoy in RIF LA. One thing that I've noticed that I've noticed about there account is that a lot of collectors are getting older and are giving up their "babies" for...babies. Human babies and wives and a house with a grill in the backyard and "his and hers" Toyota Camrys. From this dillution of sneaker abundance brings what we now know as "The Rotation": a 5-10 pair set of shoes that are kept at a minimum and rotated to suit weekly attire. In a nutshell, people are selling their collections for more versatile and neutral colors and silhouettes. Despite a height in design, shoe brands like Timberland, Vans, Converse, Adidas and Nike still stock (and sell) basic designs...and I'm all for it!

*image courtesy of kicksonfire.com

You will be missed, Kobe. Truly a legend! NEVER FORGET!

You will be missed, Kobe. Truly a legend! NEVER FORGET!