And you thought Clark’s were the original. Nope. Velskoen shoes, known as “vellies”, were first made in the 1600s. Worn worldwide today, these predecessors of the modern desert boot are the OG style. Made of vegetable-dyed, African Kudu leather, and wild antelope leather from a controlled herd, these boots are handmade in Namibia by African craftsmen. It doesn’t get much more original than that now, does it?
Ever see those weird ladies at the farmer’s market wearing the big knee-high rubber galoshes? They’re cool on little kids, but lady, you’re like 45 and it’s a sunny day! Don’t be fashion’s fool. Get some sweet wet-weather footwear, like these cool, ankle high, natural rubber boots. Just promise to wear them only when you need to … like, when it’s raining.
This is how a collab is supposed to work. Two legacy brands sharing a common sense, get together, and something sick goes down. Vans originals have been the same since ’66 and need no update. Same goes for the classic Brooks saddle. The two teamed-up to create a limited edition combo kit: A pair of Brooks-inspired leather Vans & a Van’s-inspired etched leather Brooks saddle. Crypto!
Simple fact: certain occasions call for a black leather oxford shoe. That doesn’t mean you have to follow in dad’s footsteps and don a pair of funeral Hush Puppies. Not even. The Bed|Stü Men’s Fiorentino Cobbler is a great alternative. These handcrafted cap-toe shoes are made of distressed leather with gold rivet details. Comfy too – fully cushioned insole & knobby rubber outsole. Definately not your dad’s kicks.
Everyone in the shoe biz makes a Vans slip-on knockoff. But, you’ve gotta hand it to clothing designer, James Perse, a man with a knack for making the “casual” category cool. This collab shoe with SeaVees has a linen canvas upper, a suede heelpatch & definitely won’t be mistaken for a skateboard shoe. 130-dollar slip-ons are for adults…not skaters.
Look who’s back. 50 years after the British shoe company debuted, Dr. Martin’s are back in black. Part of the Wasp collection, the Lewsey Whitney boasts outdoor American styling coupled with classic stitching & a distinctive yellow welt trim. A moc-toe oxford with a air-cushioned out-sole crafted from luxurious waxed leather. Serious shit kickers.
If you look beyond the legal marijuana & prostitution, Amsterdam supports some noteworthy up & coming designers. Straight from a renovated church in the heart of the city, Scotch & Soda’s wearables fall somewhere between vintage, varsity & fusion. Check out the essential summer sandal, crafted of leather & canvas – a classic flop right out of the red light.
Looking to culture your classic checkerboard Vans? Alexander McQueen’s Calamity lace-less trainers are crafted of fine-grain black leather, printed in multi-coloured patchwork & finished with a dirty-grey rubber sole. The older, more mature, Jeff Spicoli would definitely give these a thumbs up.