Working on styling different outfits this winter, I noticed a lot of great mixed-media boots out right now that are worth a mention for their great versatility and usefulness this season with the constant weather changes. Mixing leather and wool or suede, or pebbled and smooth leathers, check out five favorites below:
UGG Ory Boot ($210, Shoes.com)
A heritage shoe brand, Britain’s Grenson Shoes is renowned for its craftsmanship and high-quality footwear since its foundation in 1866. Today, creative director and CEO Tim Little continues to uphold traditional manufacturing, like the “Goodyear Welted” process (a time-consuming technique from the 1800s that gives the shoes their long life and easy repair), and keeps up with trends by producing footwear in contemporary styles and colors—in addition to their core line of well-loved classics.
Earlier this week, Little and the rest of the Grenson team were at New York’s Hotel On Rivington to showcase the upcoming spring/summer 2014 collection. Among the classic, year- round styles (on the glass shelves below), new color options and additions to the growing brand include a twist on the sneaker/shoe hybrid, a colorful and essential summer derby, blue soled shoes (above), and the introduction of a canvas tote, backpacks and a messenger briefcase that join the leather and suede carry alls (introduced earlier this year).
Italian born and bred, Tod’s is best known for its excellent driving shoes. For the 2013-2014 Autumn/Winter collection, Tod’s man is said to be inspired by the interiors of contemporary gentlemen’s clubs, places of impeccable and timeless elegance. “Ideal for the contemporary man and his style: carefully studied, refined and cosmopolitan.”
In the collection below, you’ll find the timeless Gommino driving moccasins (which have a rounded shape crafted from hand-waxed leather), the semi-glossy leather Derby shoes with rubber sole, sunglasses with leather details, textured leather mini iPad case, pebbled leather wallets, and the traveler’s eye candy, the Petroleum blue leather bag and two-tone gray suede sneakers with ultralight rubber sole (pictured above).
Business travel is on the rise again and New York remains the top U.S. destination, so no better location for a business casual look that’s perfect for in the office or on the go—whether it be plane or commuting down the High Line.
If you’re traveling this summer for work, and your hosting office calls for a casual look, have some fun and ditch the khakis or the wingtips and cap-toes. A colorful boat shoe or moc can really put that extra pep in your step, while keeping it prep, and that is what this look was based around.
Business On Top, Party On The Bottom