Top of the Uni Hill

There sits north of Melbourne a place I’d normally, despite my addiction to shopping, let alone shopping for men’s shoes – never go.
It’s called Uni Hill Factory Outlets and in the predominantly University based suburb of Bundoora about an hour out of Melbourne.
Here, the shopping is modest, but the savings are gargantuan with most retailers offering somewhere in the vicinity of 70% off. It’s mental.
One of my favourite Australian brands and retailers, Aquila has an outlet there, home to their older season styles and discontinued lines; in other words, a treasure trove of beautiful men’s shoes and possibilities to save.
I had a chat to David Longo from Aquila about men’s style in footwear, and since they’ve recently branched out into menswear, that too.
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We’ve seen the comeback of shoe styles like the monk strap and ‘boat shoe’, but where can we see AW14 and winter take men’s shoe trends?

Both still play an important part in the Aquila winter range along with Chelsea boots, brogues and oxfords. Driving moccasins, slippers and our signature 1958 collection of dip dyed and washed leather boots are also something to look out for.

What colours and textures can we expect from men’s footwear, or specifically Aquila’s this season?

Colour wise – Tan and brown are still very popular in the smarter fashion area. Bits of bordo, olive and cobalt are surfacing in the fashion area while navy is quite strong across the entire range. Texture-wise, you’re looking at exotic prints and weaved materials are quite prominent. Meanwhile, dip-dyed and washed leathers also play a big part for winter and also our upcoming summer range.

Our summer range also features a small touch on fluro yellow, printed polka dot deck shoes and contrasting soled drivers.

How would you describe the style of the Aquila man?

The Aquila man is sophisticated with a modern attitude. He is stylish before he is fashionable and always chooses quality first.

What are some of the best elements of Aquila having started in footwear and branched out into menswear? Do you find your shoes are still as popular as ever?

Best elements being: Already having a good understating of our customer and what excites them in terms of footwear. Being able to take the modern global trends of our footwear range and then create an entire outfit for our customer.

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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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