It’s no secret that when it comes to men’s fashion today footwear, especially sneakers, have a huge impact on the culture today. From designers like Virgil Abloh reimagining ten of Nike’s classic sneakers, which many of them eclipse the thousand dollar price range on the second-hand market, to him becoming the head artistic director to Louis Vuitton, the two worlds are merging. The world of rare sneakers and streetwear coming side by side to become just as coveted as high-end designer clothing just proves how much the culture is shifting. This change has been made clear in many recent fashion weeks by just observing what the crowd and models are wearing on their feet. This most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week was no different for you could have seen a plethora of rare sought after sneakers on the feet of attendees and models.
This most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week you were able to witness not just sought after sneakers from brands like Nike and Adidas but also from designer brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior. The fact that you are able to see designers like Raf Simons and Alexander Wang collaborating on sneakers with Adidas just shows that fashion is bridging the gap between the street and the high end. But also with high-end designer brands coming out with stylish almost sport-inspired sneakers like the Louis Vuitton Archlight, you can really observe the true influence of sneakers on fashion.
Sneakers in fashion today is something that doesn’t just bring together fans of streetwear and fans of high-end fashion but brings together two different generations of those who enjoy fashion. You see many important designers and artists today you have a strong connection to Jordan Brand and their classic retro sneakers. You can see the artistic director of Dior Kim Jones constantly in exclusive Jordans not just from his friend Virgil Abloh but rare collabs like the Jordan Fragment One. You may also see the inspiration that Jordan has had on other designers for their own sneakers. You can see this inspiration in many forms whether it is Yves Saint Laurent’s high-top court sneaker that takes many cues from the Jordan One shape and classic colorways to Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo taking many similar points of inspiration into his Basketball sneaker.
Whether many in the world of high fashion want to believe it or not the culture is shifting. It is shifting in a way that displays subcultures like sneakerheads taking a major lead when it comes to their inspiration on the world of fashion. Whether it be that these old school sneakerheads are the ones that are influencing high fashion today or that high fashion designers are just taking cues from this culture who has people lining up every week for a pair of shoes just based on their exclusivity. There is something satisfying to many if you have a pair of shoes that the person next to you on the street wasn’t able to acquire not because of the price tag but because you simply worked harder and you can see this at this most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week and you will see it at many fashion weeks to come.
Instagram account Diet Prada is an account that specializes in pointing out the not so coincidental copying that goes on in the world of fashion today. As we all know there is no problem with drawing inspiration from someone whether it be their design, runway setup, or just the overall theme of a collection. But there is a very clear difference between pulling inspiration from something or someone and blatantly stealing an idea and crediting it as your own. Diet Prada since their first post in 2014 calling out Raf Simons for using designs very similar to Prada, hence the name, has been diligent to point out those who do not give credit where it is due.
In Diet Prada’s most recent claim they are accusing Kanye West of taking the ideas of photographer Minissi and a series of photographs she took in 2015 that explored identity and the wanted of oneself to reconnect with their own body, a very deep subject. I believe what Diet Prada feels what Mr. West is most guilty of is the fact that he drew inspiration from this very deep emotional photo shoot and turned it into a not safe for work sneaker advertisement. Myself, similarly to Diet Prada see it as a little distasteful considering the subject matter of the original photographs.
This would not be the first time though that Diet Prada has made claims against not just Kanye West but the West family in general. In July of 2017 Diet Prada accused Kim Kardashian West of very blatantly using the designs of Comme Des Garcon designer Rei Kawakubo and Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia for children’s pieces for Kim’s brand The Kids Supply. Kim said that the pieces were being made as an homage to the designers and that the pieces would be named after them, clearing the air about the whole copycatting fiasco. But Diet Prada was not done there also accusing Kim of ripping off the makeup done on Beyonce for a Flaunt magazine cover for Kim’s makeup collection, which Kim did not address. The last claim Diet Prada made against the West’s though was when Kanye in May tweeted sketches that appeared to be taken directly from ex-Nike designer Tony Spackman just with his name for the sketches photoshopped off the top of the sketch. This was another accusation that Kanye would not address.
With these most recent accusations made by Diet Prada against Kanye West, many are left unsurprised by his actions. Many without real ears to the ground in this industry and this culture believe that Kanye West is a very original one of a kind thinker when it comes to his ideas. What many don’t know is that Kanye West just like all of us draws inspiration from the things he hears and sees around him in his day to day life. The only problem with what he’s doing right now is by not giving credit to this original photographer, if that is where he drew the inspiration from, he is disrespecting the whole entire series of photographs she did and the message behind them. The fact that he recreated them as a way for him to sell sneakers too just adds salt to the wound.
When it comes to online shopping, something we all do, myself like many others I’m sure peruses the internet all day looking at the newest fashion, technology, and products to just look and nothing more than that. Online shopping is centered around being able to have anything you want at your doorstep in few days but now with programs like Amazon Prime practically the next day. One thing many might not realize is that according to a study done by the University of Pennsylvania that men are in fact the biggest spenders when it comes to online shopping. This has nothing to do with the fact that men have more money to online shop or that they shop more it mostly just comes down to the fact that men love the convenience of not having to physically go to a store, look through all the products and just generally not really know what they are buying. For men who shop online for big money items, they are able to read reviews and look through thousands of options for finally coming to the grand decision of what they are going to buy. This introduces a whole new kind of opportunity to create a luxury online shopping location catered towards men.
Of course, you are going to have high fashion brands have their own websites like Louis Vuitton or Gucci who have perfected their online shopping experience to be catered to those who are in the market for a luxury product, but how can this be expanded upon. Websites all over the internet like Grailed and StockX have popped up not for just the teenager who wants to buy or sell Supreme online but for men who have or want high-end designer clothing and expensive sneakers and have a marketplace for them. Grailed especially is catered towards designer clothing but also features sneakers. The average teenage sneakerhead isn’t usually going to be interested in Margiela, Raf Simons or Rick Owens but Grailed creates a stage for the more established financially well-off men’s fashion connoisseur to be able to purchase and sell these products that come with a serious price tag, with many products reaching over one thousand dollars. Where StockX comes into the equation is not necessarily in securing men as the majority demographic in spending at least one thousand dollars on the internet but it creates something totally different. StockX allows the slightly older sneakerhead who most likely has a better job and maybe a family to be able to buy the sneakers he wants, guaranteed legit, at a fair market price and he doesn’t have to meet up with some teenager to purchase them. I believe over time the older sneakerhead will use StockX for most of his transactions and he could easily eclipse over a thousand dollars spent on sneakers just on that website alone.
With premium men’s online shopping popping up more and more every day on the internet and the fact that the average man just doesn’t prefer the experience of walking into a physical store to shop it’s no surprise that men’s retail locations are going to decline sooner rather than later. While many men who are seriously interested in fashion and almost the artistry that goes into the displays and aesthetic of a retail store many men do not share these views. There will always be a premium men’s shopping experience in fashion-forward cities like New York and Los Angeles, but for the average man who just enjoys sitting in his home to make his more major purchases, the internet will continue to deliver that to him and to his doorstep.
Nike has tried many mash-ups of its classic sneakers in the past that just left people confused as to why Nike would come out with a product that no one was asking for. From the any of the fusion Jordans to taking the Air Max 95 and combining it with the Roger Federer Air Zoom Vapor, many of these mashups simply just leave sneaker-heads saying why Nike? This time around Nike is unveiling a new colorway of the loved and hated Nike mash up the Forceposite. This mashup of the classic Air Force One and Penny Hardaway’s Foamposite is coming out in a colorway that might change the way people look at the Forceposite. By taking one of the classic Foamposite colorways, ‘Metallic Red’ this Nike is reaching out to the true Foamposite heads and giving them something to move into a different silhouette. Nike has dropped multiple Forceposites in the past and many of the colorways and silhouettes have flopped, but these might be the Forceposite that gives the mash-up sneaker a better reputation and separates itself from the pack.
The Nike Air Force One is in the middle of a little bit of a resurgence for Nike at the moment. Over about the last year, you can see Nike Air Force Ones on the feet of celebrities and influencers all over the world for a few reasons. After rolling out 3 different iterations of the shoe with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Nike came through and gave the people what they wanted with more Air Force One collaborations. From a collaboration paying homage to a very sought after Roc-A-Fella records, a collab with Just Don’s very creator and head designer Don C, and lastly probably the most hyped of all the full canvas upper Air Force One that featured detachable swooshes and lace covers that they worked with rapper Travis Scott on. Nike and its signature Air Force One was approaching the pinnacle of what made the sneaker so popular in the first place. The Air Force One is so great for its simplicity, its classic silhouette that can go with anything, and that it appeals to so many different lifestyles and cultures.
Nike’s Foamposite, unlike the Air Force One, is in somewhat of a downward spiral at the moment. Although the shoe will always be a cult classic Nike model and it has developed a following of its own, the masses aren’t asking for the heavy, clunky Penny Hardaway model these days. After a resurgence in 2012 due to the highly anticipated release of the Nike Foamposite Galaxy that had people not only paying prices in the thousands for the shoe but people even trading their cars for the shoe. Nike was riding high with the Foamposite at that time dropping a plethora of colorways from some of the originals like the metallic reds, pine greens, and the royals to new really out there colorways like the weatherman and the thermals. One problem Nike was over saturating the market with Foamposites and they began to sit on shelves in sneaker stores all over the country and eventually find their way to the Nike outlets going for way below retail.
Nike is hoping with this most recent mash-up of two of its classic models to be able to pull in the fanatics in each crowd. Mashing up the Air Force One and Foamposite in a colorway that will actually be able to demand attention from sneaker aficionados might actually make this shoe a sleeper of the summer and at a retail price of 180 dollars, it meets right in the middle of the price of two of Nike’s most popular models.
The Balenciaga sneaker take over hasn’t stopped with the Speed Trainers. Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers have sold out instantly in Manhattan, one of the most fashionable areas of the world.
Triple S sneakers have taken the market by storm just like their counterpart, Speed Trainer shoes. These unconventional sneakers almost resemble an 80’s style shoe that you could find at your local thrift store. according to an employee at the Parisian brand’s Madison Avenue, New York, location, they sold out in 30 minutes. Right now, the Triple S sneakers are arguably the most sought after casual footwear.
You can give partial credit to Instagram, because they have been showcased on multiple accounts leading to many sneakerheads, fashionistas, and people wanting to make a bold statement, to go looking for the chunky shoes. Triple S sneakers have even been spotted on some famous feet such as ASAP Ferg and Offset. The Triple S sneakers were dominating the Paris fashion week scene, as they were seen practically everywhere.
The sneakers have a three-layer stacked sole with pre-distressed details throughout which is how it got its name (Triple S). The shoe size is embroidered on the toe, with rope laces adding the finishing touch to the shoes. The shoe was originally added to the Balenciaga men’s collection by artistic director Demna Gvasalia for the brand’s FW17 show in Paris.
Just like what happened with the Speed Trainers, other brands such as Gucci, Dior, and Prada, have been trying their best to catch up to Balenciaga and release shoes closely resembling the Triple S. Fast fashion brands have also jumped on board of the “ugly” shoe trend. Zara has completely ripped off the Triple S, releasing their own shoe that mimics the iconic shoes called, the Multi-Piece sneaker. Zara has priced their shoe around $35 USD while Balenciaga’s model is around $850 USD.
The shoes are said to be going for almost double the price from resellers on eBay and other websites. It’s also said that even knockoff Triple S sneakers are going for a whopping $450 USD.
“People with a lot of visibility wear ugly sneakers and it’s a trickle-down effect,” says Chris Green, divisional merchandise manager of New York boutique Totokaelo.
On Highsnobiety they interviewed multiple people who instantly went after the clunky shoes and some of the answers they got were quite interesting.
“@Jakebinning: I first saw the Triple S about eight months ago during the Balenciaga FW17 runway show, and I instantly liked them. I really liked the fresh silhouette, the general aesthetic, as well as the colorways and the chunky sole”.
“@91yxng: This is the most trendy sneaker, and the hottest brand in the world right now”.
Balenciaga are planning on releasing a new color scheme of the Triple S sneaker in the near future. The new scheme will prove consumers a more subdued color combination. The new style will have a white mesh base with cream and off-white accents, but the Balenciaga branding will still remain black.
As the seasons transition, we find ourselves scrounging for the next best items to own to wear proudly and continue to be the most stylish guy. Below you will find a list of items that you need to purchase for this autumn.
First is the off-white shade Wrangler Wild Wash Vintage Design T-shirt. This shirt is perfect for street wear! It is a simple graphic T that you obviously need so follow the link Wrangler.com. Another is the River Island Mid Blue Faded Ripped Jimmy Slim Tapered Jeans. Oh man… that is one long name for a pair of jeans! Anyway, these jeans resemble a 90s style fit with a white washed look. It features multiple rips as well. Here is the link to purchase a pair RiverIsland.com. The Primark Camouflage Backpack features the next century camouflage at a reasonable price. Follow the link Primark.com to retrieve your newest backpack!
Next is the H&M Nylon Bomber Jacket. This is the perfect jacket to transition throughout the season. It is a very lightweight jacket; so follow the link H&M.com to purchase your jacket for the 2017 Fall. The collaboration of RNLI X Finisterie features items that include fisherman knits, beanies, and waterproof jackets. The positive affect happens when you purchase an item. 10 percent of the sales are donated to charity!
The Fimex MKI Aluminum Watch is the next best thing to own this season. This watch is the reinterpretation of the Mik-W-46374B TimeX from 1982. It features a military aesthetic with a sleeker and slimmer band. Here is the link to purchase one for you End.com. Another pair of jeans to own would be the G-Star Raw Motac 3D Slim Jeans. These jeans were specifically constructed for mobility and comfort. It features 3D ribbed panels along the calf and back of the knee. To own a pair here is the link g-star.com.
Obviously, shoes need to be purchased for this upcoming season. The Adidas Originals EQT Support Boost 93/17 has the most ground breaking contemporary design to date! Here is the link Adidas.com to purchase a pair for you. You already know that you will not be disappointed in this wise purchase. The MKI Miyuki Zoku Pink Printed Cotton Top is another shirt to buy. It has a very updated design that runs up the sleeves. Here is the link harveynichols.com.
To carry all of this stuff you are about to purchase you need a stylish bag. The Sandqvisk Apollo Backpack that has a sleek style for durability and practicality. Here is the link sandqvick.net so you can carry all of the necessities! Again, you can never have enough shirts so the Beams Plus Camp-Collar Printed Shirt will be a great purchase. This shirt resembles a 80s theme by the print-blocking technique pattern throughout the shirt. Here is the link to buy it mrporter.com.
Topman featured black checked jogger pants. These joggers are extremely fashion forward that are as comfortable as ever! Here is the link Topman.com to keep looking stylish but comfortable as ever! Lastly everyone just needs to purchase the Boohoo Man Nasa Cap. Everyone needs a hat… so there is the excuse to buy it boohooman.com!
These are some of the top essentials to own right now especially during the change in the seasons. Hopefully, you find some of these products to fit your personality and can represent your style!
The typical dress attire has changed in multiple aspects. These helpful tips will allow you to update your formal attire to be the best-dressed man! Numerous dress code rules that were established throughout previous decades are vanishing or loosening right in front of our own eyes. This allows each man to create easier and more appropriate outfits for dressier occasions. As street wear, sportswear, and gender fluidity continue to rise across numerous collections, it becomes known within the mainstream fashion.
One of the dress codes that have changed revolves around coordination and color appropriation. The old dress code consisted of different shades of grey, navy, and black. The new revamped style allows men to coordinate with layers of different colors and patterns. In this new generation of style code, a tie has become optional as well. A simple T-shirt and jeans can be just as appropriate for the office for certain occasions.
In the olden days, wedding suits were known to be a plain solid dark color. By bringing color into the man’s wedding attire, this allows character and sensibility. The combination of styles, silhouettes, and ascents are now a factor within the fashion of men at weddings.
Remember the good old nightclub days, when you had to wear black dress shoes? Well, those days are gone! Now, a simple white tennis shoe is appropriate for the nightclub or evening event scenery. This shoe allows a versatile array of options as it can coordinate with countless outfits.
Back in the day, crew necks were for the day to keep casual attire, as collared shirts were worn to evening events to resemble formal attire. In the 21st Century, a contemporary-casual is the norm that allows men to create multiple combinations, which can be worn during the day or night for any occasion. Basic necessities consist of tailored trousers, plain crew neck T-shirt, loopback sweatshirt, sneakers, and a casual bomber jacket.
Gender fluidity continues to influence multiple brands, which is a major step in the fashion industry this decade. Recent trends that have crossed over into men’s fashion have consisted of embroidery, looser trousers, sliders, and round sunglasses.
Jogger pants in the past were known to be worn only around the house, to do errands, or go to the gym. Now, they can revamp an entire outfit by adding street style to the pieces. Adidas and Louis Vuitton have partnered with Supreme to work on luxury sportswear items that can be worn during any casual occasion.
Hopefully these helpful new rules allow you to revamp your style into the 21st Century!
Are you ever thinking about how you can upgrade your shoe game? Well do not worry about a thing because there are numerous shoes that are essential to a man’s wardrobe. The average American man only owns twelve pairs of shoes. If you had to choose the top twelve what would they possibly be? This is the answer to all of your questions with the top twelve shoes you need to purchase to upgrade your style to a whole other level.
The first type of shoe that is needed is a pair of brogues. These shoes are considered a workhorse shoe that can almost coordinate with anything. These pair very well with jeans and suits!
For certain occasions, these shoes can be worn to range from formal events to business meetings that relatively possess conservative business attire. The best recommendation for purchasing a quality pair of brogues would be at us.burberry.com. Black Cap-Toe Oxfords are the second essential shoe that resembles quality for dressier occasions. The best occasion to wear these at is during a suit and tie event. You can shop for these at matchesfashion.com to buy a pair of oxfords by Ami.
The next shoe is the perfect dress boot for the suited and booted attire. This tends to appear less formal but has a modern casual style. Lanvin features the remarkable Grained Leather Chelsea boot, which you can buy today at matchesfashion.com. Another top shoe to own is a casual boot. These shoes are a main essential to have when the weather is harsh or if you are just in the mood to have a slick street style vibe for the day. Go on and buy a pair of Dr. Martens at drmartens.com to purchase the Vintage 1460 Boot! The last boot of the collection of twelve that you need is the desert boot. This is the type of boot that is not considered a sneaker or a dress shoe. It provides proper and casual attire for multiple occasions. The Oakwood Suede Desert Boot can definitely be for an everyday outfit. Follow the link to add to your collection clarkusa.com.
The plain-toe derbies are the type of shoe that you need for a mildly formal/casual occasion. This shoe is not overbearingly dressy but not simply casual. Honestly the best place to buy a pair of plain-toe derbies is from Dsquared2’s Missionary Lace-Ups at dsquared2.com.
Penny Loafers allows you to have a classy and sophisticated type of shoe that shows a sense of luxury of a young dapper gentleman when bought by a high-end fashion brand such as GUCCI. So buy a pair today at gucci.com so you can stay GUCCI and look fly!
A minimalist sneaker is perfect when worn as a neutral color, which will coordinate with everything for occasions such as the office, the bar, weekend events, etc. Buy the Achilles Low Gummy sneakers by Common Projects at endclothing.com. Another sneaker would be the technical sneaker that is wonderful for any daily tasks such as running errands. The Gel Lyte III by Asics endclothing.com is a great pair of sneakers to throw on to do your everyday duties. Lastly, a classic throwback sneaker has to be in your collection. Obviously these are needed for all the right reasons so buy the Old Skoll Vans at vans.com to rock your throwbacks!
The espadrilles are a classier look and upgraded style other than wearing a simple pair of flip flops. Try the espadrilles in black canvas by Saint Laurent ysl.com. To wrap up all of the essentials, the most needed would probably be a pair of house slippers. It is perfect for lounge wear with a simple style that allows you to unwind at the end of a long day and stay comfortable once taking off one of the eleven pair of shoes listed above. Try a pair from L.L Bean at llbean.com.
Hopefully this helpful shoe game collection resolves any issue for your next purchase!
For quite some time now, multiple brands have been finding their influence for recent fashion trends throughout numerous achieves of collections especially from the 90s. From Tommy Hilfiger to GAP, the 90s style is just beginning its comeback!
Recently the Fila Brand decided to collaborate with Barneys New York for the inspirational 90s fashion collection. The collection features a total of eight different pieces ranging from $95 to $165. Within the collection, the brand resembles some of the staple pieces from the 90s such as a half-zip jacket, long-sleeve jacket, and a redesigned 90s tennis shoe. This collection revamped the 90s style trends with updated shapes, fabrics, and colors.
The Fila brand updated signature colors from navy to black to pair with multiple pieces in the collection to detail a luxe laid-back style that resembles Barneys Department Store as well. This collection is an exclusively featured collaboration at the Barneys Department Store and is part of the BNY Solo Series Collection. The BNY Solo Collection is a project of collaborations sold at the department store. Other exclusive collaborations that Barneys Department Store has been involved in the past with consists of multiple limited edition series such as Stan Smith, Filling Pieces, and Vans.
Some of the favorite pieces from the collection consist of the Striped Cotton Polo Shirt, the Original Tennis Leather Sneaker, the Colorblocked Track Jacket, the Tricot Half-Zip Pullover, and the Tricot Basketball Shorts. Most of the exclusively favorite pieces resemble three main colors of black, white, and red. Most of which feature the solid colors and stripes. All of these phenomenal 90s fashion favorites can be yours by buying them exclusively at Barneys.com for a limited time only! So what are you waiting for? Go buy the essentials to be the 90s kid you once were and rock it like it is 1999!
Adidas recently dropped the new and improved sneaker, which is a part of the NMD sneaker family designs. The new Adidas NMD City Sock 2 is 1 of the 8 most popular sneakers of the 2017 summer trends. Within the NMD sneaker family, multiple designs have been made such as the Original NMD R1 or the Pharrell NMD Hu Series. Although, this sneaker is nothing like what the Adidas brand has dropped in recent history.
This City Sock design has a futuristic look and includes multiple features like never before! This sneaker feature zero shoelaces. Yes, you read that right… zero shoelaces! The laceless shoe features a horizontal stitch for a 22nd Century boost in the design. By having zero laces, the sneaker is extremely convenient and comfortable. The molded supports of the design will be found on the inner surface of the shoe, which is a signature stable within the NMD sneaker family. Another feature includes a cheetah print design that tends to zigzag across the shoe. This design is unique due to the visual effects. The grey and black cheetah print has a feature now known as “Shadow Knit.” This feature allows people to see different shades, dark to light, throughout the design as the shoes turns based on the amount of visible light.
The reviews of the Adidas NMD City Sock 2 shows absolute positive feedback regarding the sneakers design and wide base. For a limited time only Adidas is featuring the sneaker for only $180. This sneaker will knock your “socks” off by the multiple colors and complex design that is perfect for any type of style trends, especially for the everyday street style. So what are you waiting for… go buy your 22nd Century futuristic NMD City Sock 2 sneaker while supplies last at Adidas.com.
Comfort is always a must for the casually fashionable. Entering the summer months with global warming rearing its ugly head, one must adjust accordingly. Looking specifically at footwear for the summer, the fashionMR has a plethora of options. For the younger generation, the question begs: sneakers or boat shoes?
Walking around we peep the style of our peers and weigh who we are, along with how we want to be viewed. Am I a sneaker guy or am I a boat shoe guy? How comfortable do I want to be? How much do I sweat? All of these are relevant questions when picking the perfect pair of shoes for this summer.
First one must assess sneakers. Comfortable, yet sometimes brutally hot, sneakers can be the perfect accessory. For many sneaker-heads there has been a movement back to the retro. Very popular amongst younger markets has been Nike Air Max. Under the umbrella of Air Max, there has been a specific yearning for the Air Max 90’s, an undeniable classic. With an assortment of color combinations and a relatively low price point depending on the model (starting at $90) vintage Air Max have been, and continue to be a clutch, classic option. To supplement your summer sneaker, socks are a must, but not all socks were created equal.
When wearing sneakers, mid-calf socks are the way to go. No-show socks are another option, but many times when the elastic wears out or the size isn’t perfect, those no-shows slide down off your ankle and wrinkle in the shoe, creating wrinkle and ankle blisters. Ankle socks are not the look unless you’re going for that ‘classic’ old man with Asics running sneakers and a stained free tee shirt style. Since no one actually wants that look (some may be born with it), steer clear at all costs.
Another sneaker option that has carried weight this season is vans supplemented with mid calves. When looking at vans however, one should tend toward more muted color patterns, as that type of shoe should not be the eye-grabber of an outfit. The subtlety of Vans are their beauty, so getting multi-colored or tiger striped patterns is probably not a good idea.
The pros of sneakers boil down to these simple facts: they provide ample support for your feet when you want to go on a nice summer walk, socks will always be an acceptable complement to the shoe and there is a tremendous variety to choose from. The same does not apply for boat shoes.
Boat shoes are great. Arguably the best part of boat shoes is that you can dress them up or dress them down. Boat shoes are ideal for cocktail parties or barbecues; the country club or the beach; the city or the suburbs. Essentially, boat shoes are acceptable anywhere unlike sneakers.
There are certainly shortcomings to wearing boat shoes. The first and perhaps most prominent concern is foot sweat. On those sweltering city days when the sidewalk is hotter than the air, which in turn is hotter than your oven when slow-cooking beef brisket, your feet sweat more than a boat shoe can handle. Sticky and stinky in no time, the leather wears easily and frequently onto your foot, leaving leather stains in more places than one would care to mention.
Foot sweat is not the only concern with boat shoes; the leather boat shoes are made with sometimes cuts consumers’ feet, others say they do not provide enough support, and still other grumble that the laces constantly come undone.
One might ask “why not wear socks with boat shoes? That seems like an easy solution to all those complaints.” This is certainly valid, and some do rock this style, however, the look is not ideal. Sneakers, unlike boat shoes, were built to wear with socks, especially since their profile tends to go higher up on the foot. However, one should notice that the tongue of a boat shoe is abbreviated. This shortened tongue reveals much of the upper foot for the un-socked gentleman. In turn, with simply less shoe to attract attention, the sock tends to overpower the boat shoe, drawing attention away from the carefully selected shoe and toward your bland white socks.
The choice seems clear. If you find bare-foot-boat-shoes more comfortable, that’s all you since one pair can fit all your summer social needs. However, for those that prefer the casual sneaker, consider an additional investment in mid calf socks to avoid social and physical discomfort.
Lets face it, we’re not all superstar gift givers. While others are picking up on subtle hints by loved ones, the clues blow past you like any booze-filled Friday night. If you’re the latter, the holidays or birthdays are filled with anxiety. Well here at FashionMR, we want to lend a hand to make this holiday season a bit more enjoyable and relaxing. Below is a collection of stocking stuffers that will surely tickle the fancies of any man (no sexual pun intended).
The gifts in this guide range from “cheap and cheerful” to “downright ridiculous”. And they vary from the tiny pocket sized bottle of Sriracha ($15) to the luxurious stay at the Presidential Suite in the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong, Shanghai, China ($27,000/Night). So whether you’re being overly generous this year, cutting it back or somewhere in the middle, you’ll be sure to find something in FashionMR’s 50 Holiday Gifts.
$100 or Less
Thermals By Tani ($150-$300): Soft to the touch, thermals from Tani provide a mixture of warmth and comfort throughout the winter months; a staple in every male wardrobe.
Uniqlo Cashmere Sweaters ($90): An unbeatable price for a cashmere sweater, Uniqlo pulls it off again with this comfortable and warm piece. The sweaters come in crew neck or v.
Bison No.1 Leather Belt ($100):Sturdy and better looking with age, Bison No.1 leather belts are handcrafted in the USA and each item screams quality. Rather standard in design, it’ll keep any pair of slacks or denim from coming undone. Each belt is stamped with a silhouette of a Bison and very smooth to the touch. It’s another leather product that looks better with age.
Topsiders by ChantUSA ($90): Fusing college livery and casual topsiders, ChantUSA has a growing collection of shoes from UCLA to the University of Miami. Each pair comes made in leather and branded with the school’s initials on the sides. So flaunt your school colors. Tastefully express school pride or help someone else do the same this holiday season.
Pocket Sriracha ($7): Ease your craving for Sriracha with this pocket sized bottle. Just throw it in your bag and be ready whenever you have that itch for some heat.
Death Before Decaf Mug ($12): We love our coffee here at FashionMR, so we feel that it should be made known to everyone around you. If you’re just as passionate about your cup of joe, this is the a way to do it.
Shit I Got to Fu*king Get Done Notebook ($10): We know you always have a laundry list of things to do each and everyday. And if you’re the forgetful type, why not write it in this?
Bonobos: Bold Check ($85): Look clean and stylish this holiday season with this button-down from Bonobos; currently on sale for $48.
New Balance: Elite Racing 999 ($99): Comfortable, classy and stylish in design, Elite Racing from New Balance is sure to help you standout from the rest.
Hickoree’s: The Hill-Side Salt & Pepper Beige Socks ($18): Your socks have every right to be seen. So, let the world know that your socks are the shi*t with these bad boys!
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon ($24): The holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without some “fire water” courtesy of Bourbon extraordinaire Evan Williams. So make someone (or yourself) happy with some Evan Williams Bourbon.
Petrolified Iconic Car Prints ($19): Got carlovers in your life? If yes, surprise them with these minimalistic prints of iconic cars throughout history. It’s sure to class up any man-cave.
Maple Bacon Flavored Ground Coffee 1 lb. Bag ($13.99): Why buy and enjoy them separately when you can simply enjoy it all in a coffee? This is the perfect gift for the bold few who enjoy bacon as well as coffee.
Kopi Luwak Coffee ($70): With the reputation for being “the world’s most expensive coffee”, the Kopi Luwak Coffee is quite an exotic blend of coffee. Harvested using methods that would make you cringe or hurl, the Kopi Luwak Coffee is truly in a class of it’s own.
Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum 34-Ounce Coffee Maker ($80): Since we’re on the topic of coffee, why not talk about cool brewing methods? Bodum offers this nifty vacuum brewer that’s sure to add a twist to any coffee-lovers brewing ritual.
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare ($60): For the Sony PS4 and Xbox One systems, COD: Advanced Warfare is a perfect choice for the gamelovers in your life.
Parker 71R Safety Razor Shave Set ($80): A classy razor set, the Parker kit has everything you need to shave like a “real man”.
Penfield Summit Parka ($435): Any winter holiday gift guide will be lacking without a jacket recommendation. The Penfield Summit Parka is a quality choice that is sure to last many seasons. A mix of casual and utilitarian, these parkas are right at home over any kind of top; suit, shirt or sweater. And with a line of fur over the hood, it keeps the wind and low temperatures away.
Topo X Woolrich Rover Pack ($190): Topo in partnership with outdoor brand Woolrich, makes these cool day packs. Built by hand in Colorado, this pack is a mix of durability as well as quality. You can feel quality from the fabric used to make the pack, to the seemingly indestructible zippers.
Naked & Famous 32oz. Selvedge Denim ($495): Weighing in at 32oz., this heavyweight from Naked & Famousis are as stiff as they come. It’ll turn any yogaphile or gymnast into a rigid branch. And because they are raw, you’re going to have to break into denim. While it may be a pain to get into or move around in them, this denim is the king of all warm denims. Due to their thickness, this pair of denim is durable and long lasting.
Danner Mtn Light Overton ($330): An item manufactured right here in the U.S. of A., is the Danner Mtn Light Overton boot. The pair comes with Gore-Tex lining (breathable and waterproof) and a suede exterior. And much like the Bison belt, these boots look better with age.
Maple Set Knives ($105): This set of knives is a rather unique item in that each knife is made mostly of wood; with just the blade being metal. By using only a small amount of metal for the blade, it cuts down on the weight, making it comfortable to use.
Shinola: The Runwell Watch ($550): Built in Detroit with passion and quality, the Shinola Runwell watch is a minimalistic watch hand-built to last.
Grovemade: iPhone 6/6+ Wooden iPhone Case ($129-$139): Grovemade iPhone 6/6+ cases are built by hand using leather and wood. Each case is built to near perfection and made to last much longer than the life of the iPhone.
Eye of Mine: GoPro Gimbal ($399): A perfect companion to the GoPro, the Eye of Mine Gimbal is designed to keep the camera steady and leveled in any situation.
YotaPhone 2 ($800): Packed with two displays, the YotaPhone is first of its kind. With a AMOLED 5 inch display in the front and a 4.7 inch E-paper display in the rear, it allows the user to go with a battery saving option by using the B/W rear display. It also comes packed with the usual set of amenities like an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android OS built in.
Brooks Brothers: Fitzgerald Fit Blue with Rust Windowpane Sport Coat ($498): Known for comfort, luxury and quality, Brooks Brothers knocks it out of the park with this tasty number.
Polo: Diamond-Quilted Sport Coat ($279.99): Perfect for the winter season, this coat by Polo is ideal for any classy and simple setups.
Red Wing: Iron Ranger ($310): Designed for durability and know for its ruggedness, the Redwing: Iron Ranger is no exception. You can probably go without another boot for awhile.
Tanner Goods: Utility Bifold Wallet ($100): This Bifold wallet is another example of a quality item built right here in America. But if you’re not fazed by that fact, know that it is well made to last for years.
Canada Goose Freestyle Vest Caribou ($307.80): Jackets are a necessity this holiday season, so are the vests if you’re planning to go for a layered look. Keep warm while looking good with Canada Goose’s Freestyle Vest.
Lomo’ Instant ($120): If you’re bored and annoyed at the design and handling of the Fuji Instax line of instant cameras, why not try one from Lomo? It takes the same film used on the Instax cameras, so you won’t have to commit to another film format.
World Class Driving Experience ($300+): For those who love cars and experience based gifts, the World Class Driving experience will keep you smiling for a few hours. Enjoy a few hours driving cars you can only dream about (i.e.: Ferraris, Lamborghinis and pretty much anything fast).
20th Anniversary Sony PS4 ($650): If you’re a Sony purist, you shouldn’t let this one go. With only 12,300 units being sold, it is a rare piece. Reminiscent of the original Sony PS1, this kit comes with the unit, controller and camera; all in the same color.
Leica M-A ($4750): Put together with extreme scrutiny, Leica’s M-A is 35mm film camera handmade in Germany. Unchanged since the 50s, this camera is made to last longer than your great grandkids, hence the price.
Hendo Hoverboard ($10,000): If Marty McFly was a childhood hero to you and ‘Back to the Future’ was your favorite movie growing up, then the dream of owning a real hoverboard is that much closer. For $10,000 bones you can live out your childhood dreams while emptying your wallet.
Custom Suits by Brook’s Brothers ($14,000+): You know that any item from the Brook’s Brothers line screams quality. These suits are no exception. If money is no issue, why not get your loved ones a suit that matches perfectly to them?
DJI: Inspire 1 Drone ($2899): This little gadget is sure to bring out the kid in you. It’s a perfect item for videographers and enthusiasts alike. Just be mindful of the price.
2016 Lexus RC-F ($60,000+): Lexus is back in full force with a classy and sporty coupe. So go ahead. Buy it for your trophy wife when she says, “You don’t have to get me a Ferrari.”
Fujifilm X100t ($1299): While it looks a lot like the last model, X100S, it comes built in with a large number of new features that will make any photography professional or enthusiast smile.
Lux iPhone 6+ ($12,000): So why is this iPhone so expensive? Just take a look. The 24K gold plated iPhone 6+ also comes with diamond encrusted Apple Logo. Extravagant? Yes.
Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong, Shanghai, China ($27,000/Night): Take your loved ones to spend a week or two in this palace of a suite. They’ll never forget it. Really. NEVER.
1967 MIKOYAN MIG 21 UM ($70,000): While your millionaire buddies brag about their G6, one up them with a Soviet Era fighter jet.
Moro Monk Strap by A. Testoni ($38,000): Made with alligator skin, the Moro Monk is a labor of love. Meticulously put together, these shoes are made to be durable yet soft and comfortable in any weather condition. Testoni also offers an option to add a gold, diamond encrusted buckle.
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432 Park Avenue: Tallest Condo in the World ($95 million+): If you want to feel like a god in NYC, this is the place to do it. With 360 views of the entire city, the price tag is well worth the money in the Big Bad City.
Wallypower 118 Yacht ($33 Million): “The Darth Vader” of yachts, it definitely lives up to its name. It may not be the biggest, but it is definitely one of the slickest and swiftest yachts out there.
Westbury Castle Estate ($8 Million): If you know anyone that has dreamed about owning a castle, now they can all the way across the pond in England.
Mercedes Benz 6×6 ($600,000): Based off the G-Wagon, the Mercedes Benz 6×6 is sure to help you drive in style during the zombie apocalypse.
The Triton 36000 Personal Sub ($15 Million): If one-upping your rich friends isn’t enough, show your worth by gifting a loved one or yourself, a personal sub.
Prevost Featherlite RV ($1 Million+): Built with all the usual amenities you would find in a villa, the Prevost Featherlite RV is as luxurious as it gets. Travel in style and comfort.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ($2.5 Million): Sold in a two tone black and orange, it is the closet thing to a G6 for the road. If you know anyone with the need for speed, this is something right up their alley.
First produced in 1984, and then released for public consumption in 1985, Air Jordan, or simply J’s, is the hottest foot accessory at this very moment.
Owned and produced by Michael Jordan, Nike’s Jordan Brand subsidiary, the athletic shoe has become a 2014 must have. The original was the iconic Air Jordan I in red and black to match the uniform of the Chicago Bulls, and the baby grew all the way to AJ XX9.
Celebrities love their J’s, naming a few such as A$AP Rocky, T.I, Kanye West and even Kim Kardashian, so the unisex shoe must partake on your must have list. Buy it and wear it with everything is the motto that comes with the Air Jordan. From jeans, leather pants, sweat pants, shorts to meggings, you can pair them with the perfect Air Jordan and walk out feeling like MJ.
Latest Air Jordan news:
Austin McAllister, a sneaker customizer out of Oklahoma City, has taken the Air Jordan to a whole other level. Calling them “Renaissance,” the custom Air Jordan V and LeBron XI feature a print of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” and Raphael’s “The School of Athens.” The shoes are available on McAllister’s website for $275. via flickr/sam deng[/caption]
Fashionmisters, what prints are you gravitating to this season? The season’s hot pick of the week would have to be Saint Laurent baby cat print sneakers, very trendy black and white canvas with white leather trim linings gold brand stamp off, and lace-ups also comes with spare laces. Luxury truly at its best. Trade your vans for these baby cat print sneakers. Kicks the summer off right in Saint Laurent; easy to slip on, sleek, trendy, leather textured.
Saint Laurent baby cat-print sneakers have been seen worn by some of the trendy celebrities such as Dwayne Wade, Kanye West, and Usher. Pairing the sneakers with: over rolls, joggers, denim, and shirts, – add some pop by also paring it with Michael Kors Large Runaway Watch as Rihanna would Say “Oh Naa Naa”!! You know the rest. Price : Price: $395
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