The words quality and loafers needn’t be mutually exclusive, and Duke & Dexter’s Loafers are a living example of this. For one, each shoe is both designed in London and handcrafted in Sheffield, the latter in a family run factory that’s been producing footwear for over 80 years. The shoes themselves pair a traditional loafer style with a large selection of colors and patterns — 33 by our count — that sets them apart ad includes a variety of suedes (Tanner Suede shown), several camo patterns, and tweed, amongst many more.
Learn more at Duke & Dexter – $150+
The Nike Mag has been teased for years. You still can’t outright buy the limited-edition 2016 Nike Mag, but this release is still the most widely available to date with a solid 89 released, given away by means of a draw starting tonight, with 10$ entries that benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation to fund Parkinson’s research. The highly sought-after shoes feature Nike’s Adaptive Fit technology that tightens and loosens the laces to conform to the user’s foot, and sport concealed buttons on the inside their topline to loosen or tighten the shoes manually. They’re also fitted with a variety of LED lights and are of course true to the Back to the Future Part II originals in looks.
Learn more at Nike – $10 per ticket
Bare canvas doesn’t hold much heat in cold weather, and a bit of slush and snow only makes the situation worse. The new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Boot takes care of that while retaining the brand’s spirit and classic silhouette. Made of a mesh-backed leather, the boot naturally repels water and boasts a neoprene inner sleeve for warmth. It may be a little less spartan than their standard canvas-on-rubber shoe — which most die-hard fans appreciate — but more than makes up for it with a Nike Lunarlon insole, beefy and grippy rubber outsole, and the option of wearing these kicks all year round.
Check out the full Counter Climate collection at Nike’s Converse Store – $130
Sometimes, you come across a pair of sneakers so well-made and so rare they’re begging to be snatched up. Such is the case with the Tanner Goods Court Classic Low, a new American-made sneaker produced in conjunction with the legendary footwear purveyors at Rancourt & Co. The sneaker is all class and heritage blended into one stylish package, featuring rich Natural Essex Horween leather and Vibram Honey Strighton sole. The Vibram sole in particular also made an appearance on the Court Classic Mid as put together by Tanner Goods & Rancourt, and the Court Classic Low is just the latest stunning iteration in the partnership. If ever there was the perfect fall sneaker, the Court Classic Low might just be it — it’s a casual option to pair with dark selvedge denim, and it’ll look just as sharp with wool trousers and a herringbone blazer on the first chilly day. A mere 80 pairs were made, so you know you’re getting something that’s, as Tanner Goods says, worth holding onto.
Learn more at Tanner Goods – $290
Escape gear comes in many forms, but we definitely didn’t expect to find it in laces. ITS Tactical’s Kevlar Escape Laces are made of 100% Kevlar and come in 54-inch, 60-inch and 72-inch sizes to fit standard shoes and boots. Sure, they’re strong, providing 360 lbs of tensile strength, are both fire and chemical resistant, and they won’t break. But they really shine if you’re ever in a bad situation and tied up with zip ties or the like, doubling as a friction saw with a bit of ingenuity (i.e. stringing the laces through the zip ties, tying them up between your feet, and basically pedalling for a few seconds until it cuts).
When you combine rich, rugged Horween leather with a clean, classic silhouette, you get a new version of what could be your favorite boot for fall. We’re talking about the Trask Brady Boot, a super-clean take on the more casual chukka. With a leather lining and an Ortholite insole, they combine comfort and style for days in spades. The clay-colored Horween Norwegian elk leather exterior will look just as great after years of wear as it will fresh out of the box, and the stitch-out welt construction adds another layer of durability to a pair of boots that’s ready to wear with light wash denim now and with a crisp wool suit this fall and winter. With styling potential that’s versatile and prepared for anything, this just might be your new favorite pair of chukkas.
Learn more at Trask – $265
A pair with classic black and white is iconic enough. But if you’ve ever wanted to experiment with a larger gamut of colors you’re bound to love these Custom Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. Starting with a blank canvas these shoes can be customized in ten ways, including both individual sides of upper, the tongue, heel strip, inner lining, laces, eyelets, and rubber sidewall most with 25 colors to choose from. You can even change the color of the stitching and add a short message or ID to the heel strip, meaning the odds of bumping into somebody with the same exact shoe is statistically impossible if you put a little effort into customizing yours.
Learn more at Nike – $75
The detailing is fantastic. But it’s the big picture that matters more, and Helm Boots’ Sam puts a dapper finishing touch on your outfit. Each pair is handcrafted in Maine at one of the last shoe factories in the USA using full-grain Tasman York leather for the upper and an oil-treated leather sole for longevity, the latter complemented with Helm’s signature white midsole. Available in black (shown) or original, which features brown Horween Chromexcel leather paired with Cone Mills Denim trim. Wear them and resole them as need be, and you’re bound to have these boots for a long while.
Learn more at Helm Boots – $499