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Opening Ceremony x Timberland Water Shoe

Posted in Fashion by Chris on July 30, 2010
These Water Shoes, released in mid-July, are the brainchild of the retailer Opening Ceremony and Timberland (not to be mistaken for hip-hop artist Timbaland).  These snazzy shoes are made with a high-quality suede and Nike Aqua Sock-esque mesh upper allowing just enough rigidity while promoting lots of breathing room from within. The insoles, which are standard Timberland issue, make these mugs comfortable enough to walk just about anywhere. The Water Shoes well serve those who are seeking a casual summer shoe without having to resort to the flip-flops, sneakers, or even played-out boat shoes. You can find the O.C. x Timberland collabo available in Teal, Orange, or White; all of which play well with jeans, khakis, shorts, socks, no socks, and even Mel Gibson. Best of all, you won’t have travel to LA, NYC, Paris or Tokyo or worry about accidentally passing out before giving anyone a BJ to snag a pair; they’re available online through the Opening Ceremony website. Careful though, these run a half size big, but that shouldn’t deter you; cop ’em while you can!


CYDWOQ Tibet

Posted in Fashion by Chris on November 10, 2009
My most recent trip to New York brought me to my NYC favorites: Chinatown and SoHo.  After a pit stop in Chinatown for some grub, we made our way up to  SoHo, where we passed up a spot called Shoe located on the corner of Mulberry and Prince. Upon entering, I came to the realization that I had entered a shrine of handcrafted shoes.  Shoe exclusively carries CYDWOQ, a brand which, according to the salesperson, hand makes all their shoes in LA.  While I browsed through the shoes, I found this pair called the Tibet, which I eventually picked up. The Tibet’s upper is malleable. It can be manipulated to accommodate your foot’s mood- you can fold the tops down, or wear them straight up like a boot.  CYDWOK’s insoles are steel reinforced leather and outsoles are covered by rubber.  They’re rather comfortable to walk in and are reminiscent of Clark’s Desert Boot without the gum outsole. Check out CYDWOK’s website to find your local retailer.
Tibet
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Jack Purcell

Posted in Fashion by Chris on September 13, 2009
For those of you that aren’t aware, the sneaker is back. Gone are the days of uncomfortable shoes like loafers, racers, oxfords, or even boat shoes (although they’ve made quite a comeback themselves). Take a look down on a night out on the town and you’ll likely find NikeSBs, BapeStas, Supras, and other colorful varieties of sneakers. When the sneaker craze made its way back on to the main stage, Converse pushed the Chuck Taylor All-Star; a canvas shoe that almost everyone is familiar with. For those who are not versed in the sneaker game, Coverse also launched the Jack Purcell line a few years back which plays off of the All-Star. The Jack Purcell’s simple styles and clean designs makes it an ultra-versatile shoe. I have these ones; you can find yours on the Converse website or local boutiques for certain styles that you wont find online. If you’re in Chicago, pay a visit to my friends at St. Alfred on Milwaukee Ave. If you’re in DC, check out For the Greater Good or Commonwealth, which are adjacent to one another on Florida Ave. Jack Purcell