The Top 9 Shoes You Need This Season
Shoes complete any outfit, they say. The more you spend, the better you look: doesn’t take a rocket science degree to figure out that one.
We’ve put-in the hard yards for you so you know what to get and from where to keep you look on point and your gentlemanly ways ever-charming.
Back in 2011, these two guys called Anthony Barbieri and Neville Colaianni set-out to create decent footwear for dudes. They set-up shop in Melbourne and focused on seriously quality shoes for serious-about-quality gents. The result was 124 Shoes; their baby.
Classic and modern, the shoes are a wise investment; tasteful and stylish, perfect for essentially all occasions. Anthony and Neville felt the gap in the Australian shoe market between luxury brands and ordinary mass produced brands was huge, and they set out to fill this void, and help cater to the local customer who wanted access to shoes with extraodinary quality.
Yeezy Season 1
Kanye doesn’t sit down… Or shut up… Or do anything other than be so in-your-face that you have to pay attention. But that aside, his drive to be noticed and global level of appreciation is so innate that it’s even been drilled into the clothing he throws his name behind; like these Yeezy boots, for example. From his Yeezy Season 1 Collection that is about to drop on MR PORTER, these are a ghetto-sick investment you want AND need. $AUD600.
Some of the best menswear around Australia at the moment is Aquila. It’s affordable, accessible, wearable and durable enough to last season-after-season if you’re that way inclined. With a guy called Freddie Ryan behind all the good decisions they’ve been making lately, the shoes are quality with leather everything and enough staying-power to keep even the most un-savvy of flash shoe wearer at ease. Their stores are all over the country, or you can go online.
Before the name freaks you out, hear us out. Hush Puppies has come into its own. Their quality is out of control, the range is huge and the best bit is they’ve managed to stay true to their brand’s heritage and schtick: comfort. The boots and shoes are padded to the nines inside meaning your foot feels like a glove and even in the most clunky of boots you can walk a mile. Ideal for the city-going worker or the weekend party kid, at just over $100 for a solid investment, they’re worth it.
Bringing together the best of men’s shoes for discounted and affordable prices – like for a pair similar to these! – Fashion Lane is where men’s shoes are at. See their website here.
The creators of the original and the best, Sperry aren’t ever gone and are never forgotten. The humble boat or deck shoe is here to stay – and is MASSIVE in Sydney – and so can’t be overlooked, especially for the summer heat and temperature. Leather, quality, easy to wear and light, they come in a range of colours with varying design elements like stitching or sole design that make them as much of a statement as a must-have.
Gone are the days when UGG Australia was associated with Ugg boots, fluffy everything and kitsch 80s attire you relegated to the edges of town; they’re back and better than ever. In fact, have been for a while now. From apparel to homewares and shoes, their latest Darin collection is about reinventing the wheel. Rubber soles – durable – leather uppers and inners – quality, and with interchangeable laces, the shoes are made for wearing, enjoying and statement-making. We can’t get enough.
A Sydney thing that took-off, Squire Shoes are a nice alternative to going above and beyond for something local and homegrown you can otherwise invest in for the same(-ish) product as the expensive overseas counterparts. Playing with colour and texture was never a problem for the Squire team whose penchant for the daring is what wins them a spot in everyone’s heart. From casual to formal, they have you covered.
Shoes that make men taller are now a socially acceptable thing. These hidden heel shoes by Taller are just that and fit-in seamlessly with essentially any wardrobe. Great to be worn with jeans, trousers or a casual summer chino – and while being available in a range of colours – the Taller hidden heel shoe for men is an easy option, not even necessarily for those hard on height.
With another inch or so of height to add to each man, the shoes need to be the right fit to avoid any medically-prescribed kind of look, but nail that and you’re cruising. Handcrafted with a heel built-in, using quality leather and suede and manufactured to both flatter the foot shape and hide the subtle height advantage, the shoes are quality. Coming-in at $200 per pair, they’re a sound investment for confidence.
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