Converse has prepared the iconic 1970 All Star Chuck Taylor for the Winter with their “Down Jacket” sneaker. The design was inspired by the diamond quilted style of a luxury down jacket.
Inside the monochromatic upper is real Gray Duck Down, padded with an 80/20 ratio of down and feathers, the same quantity you would find in a down jacket.
The quilted nylon upper is accented with a colourful red-and-blue grosgrain lace loop running up the tongue, an elegant style element inspired by winter outerwear, and split pin stripe.
Finally, a micro suede lining ensures maximum warmth and insulation all Winter, while tonal eyelets, toecap and outsole add the finishing touches.
We are looking forward to trekking through the snow in these! It’s really exciting to see that they have winterized the 1970s Chucks to this extent.
Available November 28th at select Converse retail stores and online at Converse.
Sawa is a footwear brand made in Africa, the profits they receive is put back to support the local community. The retro inspired footwear is designed and constructed in Ethiopia.
The upper is constructed from a handsome suede that feels soft to the touch. While the sole is contrasted in a beige rubber. We are looking forward to unboxing these sneakers next Spring and Summer!
Available exclusively at J.Crew.
In continuation of their recent collaboration with Boston-based retailer Concepts, New Balance continues with another release. This time, the CM496 “Regatta” is inspired by Boston’s Charles River and the boating events.
The sneaker utilizes full cow suede upper is done in a vibrant turquoise and red colour way, which are the popular boating colours.
The finer nautical details include a non-marking gum rubber outsole; branded water graphic on the insole; and red reflective or turquoise flecked laces.
The sneakers will be available November 15th at Concepts Cambridge, Concepts New York and online at Concepts.
Trask is a American footwear company that creates classic footwear whose materials were specifically hand chosen for their quality. Genuine American Bison and authentic Italian wool are some of the materials that grace their pieces.
The Elkhorn boot featured above is made from American Bison. It is a classic lace up boot that is finished with a rugged sole and a lugged Vibram rubber outsole for comfort.
Further, its goodyear welt construction allows for the replacement of the sole when it wears out, thus allowing the boot to last a lifetime.
Made in USA.
Available at Trask.
The Chelsea boot traces its origins to the Victorian era, where they were found on the feet both men and women. Jumping ahead to the 1950s and 60s they were popularized by the Mod subculture in England. Today, they are heralded as a footwear staple.
Dr. Martens‘ has a collection of chelsea boots that we are fans of, particularly from their Core Milled collection. The boots are constructed from supple leathers, classic shapes and agricultural-inspired styles, given a distressed and worn-in look.
The black Chelsea is made from an aged greasy leather, its oily coating gives it a waxy feel. The leather is then further distressed to give it an aged look. The second is constructed from a brown crazy-horse leather that has been distressed to exhibit a worn-in appearance.
Both boots features a classic Heel Loop, elastic gusset, air-cushioned sole, oil and fat-resistant, good abrasion and slip resistance.
The unisex boot is offered in sizes for both genders.
Browse other Chelsea boot styles at Dr. Martens.
These fragment design x Nike Roshe LD-1000 SP in dark navy is the continuation of the collaboration between Hiroshi Fujiwara and Nike.
The sneaker fuses a textured Cortez inspired suede and mesh upper, with the finer details being the leather Nike check and the exposed foam at the tongue. Finally, a technical version of Nike’s Roshe Natural Motion sole provides comfort and a clean look.
Available November 6th at Off The Hook Boutique.
Spotted at Highsnobiety.
This November, Native Shoes will be releasing a limited, hand-dyed edition of its new Apollo Moc and Chukka shoe styles to select Canadian retailers.
Inspired by the age-old moccasin and chukka boot, the Apollo’s are re-imagined using a lightweight and breathable micro-fibre upper, no-sew construction, and a shock-absorbent EVA outsole.
As lovers of Japanese style and culture, we appreciate the Itajime and Kumo dyeing techniques used to create these pieces. Our favourites are the all-black and washed grey. The collection also includes an indigo blue Apollo Chukka.
Be on the look out for this release next month!
For Fall 2014, Sperry Top-Sider has once again teamed up with Barneys New York to release an exclusive collection Authentic Original Boat Chukkas.
The Sperry Top-Sider x Barneys New York collection not only honours the Authentic Original boat shoe, but also puts a fashion-forward spin on it.
The Boat Chukka is modernized with a leather welt over a double sole, topped with the signature Sperry Top‐Sider Wave‐Siping for ultimate wet or dry traction.
The wool and leather uppers are paired with classic rawhide laces and fun camo patterned soles. This style comes in tan camo, brown camo, and black camo.
Available at select Barneys New York retail stores and online at Barneys.
It’s time to stow away your beloved sneakers and consider more weather appropriate footwear. One of our go to brands for this time of the year is Red Wing Heritage.
The 8138 boot is one of the brand’s classic styles. The upper is an oil-tanned leather that is water, stain and perspiration resistant. While a goodyear welt construction surrounds the piece, this allows resoling and therefore allowing the boot to be worn for years.
When you put on the boot, you feel the quality instantaneously. At first, the leather is stiff but becomes more comfortable with wear. The contrasting laces are sturdy and won’t fray. Finally, wearing the boots all day is no problem for us, thanks to the crepe wedge sole.
Visit Red Wing Heritage to find out where you can get a pair.
What first started as attire to identify university teams, varsity apparel quickly found popularity outside of the arena and into the street. Inspired by Montreal’s rich college culture, the Vans by Off The Hook boutique has created the Varsity Pack.
As admirers of the traditional varsity jacket, the brand was influenced by the mix of colours and textures on this classic piece.
Utilizing Vans’ Authentic LX and Sk8-Hi 46 LX silhouettes, the creators fuse leather and felt pieces in shades of grey, brown and navy to give a college feel to the footwear. The finer details include stitching on the Authentic LX and the paneling of the Sk8-Hi, not to mention the supple leather laces.
We are huge fans of the overall construction of the shoe and the selection of materials. The use of grey, brown and navy complement each other perfectly.
We look forward to getting our hands on both pairs!
Available in limited quantity on Saturday, October 25th at 10AM in store and 12PM online.