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Jack Erwin NYC Fitting Room
In the world of men's formal footwear, few brands offer worthwhile options for under a handful of hundreds. NYC-based Jack Erwin hopes to change this. With three collections spanning brogues, loafers, wingtips and boots, the one-year-old brand delivers...
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The Sabah Dealer
Based in NYC, The Sabah reinvents the traditional handmade Turkish slipper with a modern silhouette. Founder Mickey Ashmore first fell in love with the slipper after receiving one as a gift while living in Istanbul four years ago. Comfort persuaded...
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Van Doren Halloween Print Era
Paying tribute to the brand's humble beginnings rooted in 1970s and '80s skate culture, Vans continues to reissue vintage prints as part of the Van Doren Collection. One of the latest to get bumped back into production—and just in time for Halloween...
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CLAE + LIFUL Capsule Collection
While Japan may garner more attention than its neighboring countries combined when it comes to fashion design, those in the know have been watching Korea in recent years. Why? Because of brands like LIFUL. The modern menswear brand makes clean...
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Tretorn + Sid Mashburn Nylite Wool
If the recent resurgence of the adidas Stan Smith has taught us nothing else, it's that there is more to the casual sneaker world than just a crisp pair of Vans Authentics. Just in time to hammer home that reminder is the newly released Nylite wool...
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Cool Hunting Video: Red Wing Shoes
Red Wing Heritage kindly brought us out to Red Wing, Minnesota to see the mecca of handcrafted workwear: the Red Wing Shoes factory. The bustling place is an endless expanse of leather, sewing machines, stitching and hot wax thread and has been...
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Direct-to-Consumer OneGround Shoes
Direct-to-consumer manufacturing companies like Everlane and Warby Parker have attracted a devoted customer following by offering attractive, top-quality products at a fraction of their traditional retail costs. Businessmen, tech geeks and shoe...
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Design Innovation at Paul Andrew S/S15
During this past New York Fashion Week, we had the opportunity to see the latest shoes from designer Paul Andrew. What we found was not only beautifully crafted and high quality, but also invoked an element of technical innovation that really set...
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Beijing Artist Kong Kong Wei
Kong Kong Wei loves drawing. Since childhood, her father encouraged her to pursue the passion—taking her to art exhibitions and covering the walls of their home with scenes from her fairytale world. Her dedication to drawing brought her to study...
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Rapha + Giro Cyclocross Shoe
While there's still some summer left in the northern hemisphere, cyclists are already gearing up for the fall cyclocross season. The sport mixes elements of road racing with mountain biking and, just to make things interesting, throws in a load of...
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Adidas Consortium FW '14 Primeknit Pure BOOST
Adidas' Primeknit technology continues to impress, slowly picking away at the knit market almost entirely dominated by Nike—and the latest release for FW 2014 from their limited edition Consortium line is sure to help in the endeavor. Two new colorways...
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Saigon Socialite Shoes
The elaborately carved soles of Saigon Socialite are the brainchild of LanVy Nguyen, born in Vietnam and raised in California. A corporate finance veteran, in 2007 Nguyen embarked on what she calls the "education of my life," which began in a Vietnamese...
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Giro Empire SLX
With the Tour de France under way and road riding season in full swing, there's no better time to geek out over the latest technical cycling gear. Helmet and accessories maven Giro has been shaking things up in their design department recently. Following...
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Rare '80s Vans + Peanuts Collection Reissued
California's favorite footwear giant announces yet another a killer collaboration for the coming months. While May 2014 saw the introduction of the coveted Star Wars collection, today it's the impossibly cute Vault by Van + Peanuts collection. The...
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Zuzii Rethinks Kids' Shoes
From fortune cookie booties to crochet loafers, baby shoes incite a lot of cooing and "aww"-ing—but these designs from LA-based Zuzii just might have you turning green with envy and wishing you were a few decades younger. The company is made up of...
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J.Crew + New Balance 998 Independence Day
When it comes to sneakers, it's near impossible to beat a classic, especially for kicking around on summer days. As an ode to American craftsmanship and design, Boston-based running shoe pioneers New Balance and purveyors of contemporary American...
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Botas 66, Prague
Five years ago, Jan Kloss and Jakub Korouš—then graphic design students at Prague's Academy of Arts and Design—decided to bring classic Botas sport shoes back to life as part of a school project. Established under the name Botana in 1948 in the...
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Gram Shoes, Stockholm
Swedish footwear label, Gram has been quietly yet persistently gathering a cult following since its arrival in 2005. It's the creative outlet of designer Hong Kong-based Alexis Holm, Johan Larsson and their cohort, Anna Stenvi. The shoes themselves...
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Eight Slip-On Sneakers
While there's a vibrant world of quality shoelaces for customizing your footwear, sometimes you just don't want to deal with tying them. The following selections sacrifice laces for the sack of ease, but still place style at the forefront. The options...
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CH Gift Guide: Spring 2014
Spring has finally sprung in the Northern Hemisphere—and not a moment too soon. To celebrate the sun's reappearance and the prospect of flowers blooming, bikes rides and beach days to come, we have selected our favorite spring-themed goodies from the...
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FEIT Shoes
Founded by the Price brothers, FEIT has been admired for some time—not only for their minimal design aesthetic, but also their dedication to "fighting" the retail system and swimming against the current. This battle includes having craftsmen sew...
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Wimbleys No-Show Socks
Whether you're sporting loafers or a worn-out pair of Chuck Taylors, in the heat of the summer, there are one too many sacrifices that come with the appealing sockless look—blisters, sweat and stink, just to name a few. While no-show socks have been...
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SOLS
In an age of technology during which eye vision can be corrected in 10 minutes, prosthetic limbs are breaking ground in sensory feedback and computers can be controlled by brains, we're surprisingly lacking in the orthotics department—an area that...
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Michael Leavitt's Cardboard Kicks
by Eva Glettner Seattle-based Michael Leavitt might be a college dropout (he quit Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute of Art as a freshman, despite his a 4.0 GPA) but that, by no means, has meant he's a failed artist. His "Art Army" project is just that;...
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