Docs and Yohji
Doc Martens are like Cher and cockroaches, they will simply never go away. And for good reason: the iconic brand, created in 1960, has
been adored by workmen, punks, and later grunge guys and gals for their comfort, indestructibility, and street cred. To keep
the brand au courant, they have recently collaborated with the perennial cool man himself, Yohji Yamamoto. Between the two, lads and lasses will get the best of both
worlds: Docs’ iconic soles and silhouette, and Yohji’s design aesthetic.
Expect a rich color range of cherry red, purple, and black, of course, with Yohji’s signature on the inside sole. The
limited-edition line will reach select stores in time for fall leaf kicking and bonfire stomping. Test your fashion knowledge
to win a classic pair above.
Agatha & Me
Australian shoe designer Vanessa Rowed is a newbie on the scene, her second season of shoes debuts under the brand
name Agatha & Me this winter. But don’t let the youth of her line fool you. She’s an innovator bringing some much needed shoe savvy to the
continent Down Under, and now to the U.S. Winner of the Debut Best Accessories Designer 2007 Award, Rowed has a firm commitment
to being completely home grown, and has spawned one of the most sexy, unusual shoe lines to date. Australian materials like
kangaroo leather (one of the strongest and most lightweight leathers in the market), supple emu, barramundi fish details both
in suede and glazed, luxurious saltwater crocodile and a specially treated merino wool provide insulating warmth as it lets
the foot breathe (Note her
eco-awareness: all materials are procured under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
of Australia). And while her exotics work their magic, her silhouettes are quite refreshing as well. The Paringa stiletto
sandal in nude and orange kangaroo leather works as a saucy, suggestive frame to the foot, and the Illura in croc is a slingback
pump turned on its head with a closed back heel and open-toe sandal. Even her shoeboxes are exquisite — hand-stitched charcoal
grey heavyweight paperboard, perfect for keeping all of your accessories neat. And with bags and gloves to compliment, this
Aussie is sure to make a splash.
If it’s monsoon season where you are, and your kids are staring out the window in despair, don’t fret. Just log on to
Amazon.com, there’s a selection of Kidorable galoshes available for children to partake in wet weather revelry. Kidorable has been offering kids fun footwear since 1997.
Best-known for its animal-inspired galoshes, the line is a full lifestyle brand offering coats, clothes, and accessories for
the home. The natural rubber rain boots are lined with cotton for comfort, and the leg of the boot is high enough to keep
out rain, but won’t it impede a mad frenzy of puddle jumps. Why do kids always get to have all the fun?
Recently nominated for the second time for a CFDA award, the couple behind the sizzling line Loeffler Randall has come out with a colorful and whimsical collection for spring 2007. Launched in 2004, the line has been steadily producing
shoes targeted to the "lady-who-lunches in-training." Fresh silhouettes from well-angled platform wedges to metallic cork
pumps have been all the rage with cosmopolitan chicas from Colette in Paris to Bergdorf‘s in New York. Because of its great success, the company decided to branch out into bags for fall 2007.
Their small but well-edited line of Italian-crafted handbags is fresh with geometric styles such as Kitty and Hattie,
and the perfect evening bag bedecked in ruffled leather. A ready-to-wear collection is up next for Loeffler Randall. The idea
started with designing the perfect coat and has resulted in a full collection of dresses, tops, and blouses that complement
the brand’s "downtown elegance" lifestyle.
In 2001, Clae launched its never-before-seen hybrid collection that delivered the comfort of sneakers coupled with classic footwear styling,
resulting in a new definition of casual shoes for the modern man.
Leading the "athleisure" movement, Clae was awarded the Sportswear International Fashion Award (SIFA) for Best Men’s Footwear Collection in 2003. Back on track after a three-year absence, Clae is returning with some
cult classic styles, and newly revamped models for those hard-to-please sneakerheads. Clae utilizes the highest quality materials
and craftsmanship, resulting in a diverse range of custom-lasted footwear in a variety of materials from full-grain and garment
leather to cruelty-free hemp. Stemming from the lifestyle driven by action sports, music, travel, and design; Clae designs are at once wholly new and instantly classic. Finally, a new shoe to wear with suits!
Available in April at Everything Must Go in Harlem.
You will not want to start the summer without looking into Keep, a shoe and clothing company based in Los Angeles. When the label recently sent us their s/s ’07 catalog, we were struck
by the Euro-tropical cool of its extensive footwear line. Gorgeous monochromatic high tops with stripes, neo-boat shoes with
plaid accents, African printed slip-ons, and low tops with the cutest rope logo, all in tasty colors you’ll love to keep.
-Cator Sparks and Meghan Cleary
Doc Martens and Yohji Yamamoto a/w ’07-’08
Agatha & Me a/w ’07-’08
3-4 Loeffler Randall s/s ’07
Clae s/s ’07
6-7 Keep s/s ’07