Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Smart Shoe of the Year: The Tasselled Loafer

To the winner of the smart shoe of the year, beating off stiff competition from Oxford Wingtips, Brogues and Monk Straps, the Tasselled Loafer has come out on top! Why you ask? They look just as good with jeans as they do with a suit. For this reason, I've plumped for this shoe as my Smart Shoe of 2011. Although they look a bit aloof as a shoe, once you get some they are indispensable.



Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Casual Shoe of The Year: The Boat Shoe

One of the best parts of my opening salvo at Sock&Sole was the piece on boat shoes. They sell themselves, especially when they are supported by images of 'Drizzy' Drake, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams sporting Sperry Topsiders or Sebago Docksides, with American Apparel T's looking supafly! Suede in spring, leather in the fall! And there you have it! The boat shoe, Casual Shoe of the Year.



Sunday, 11 September 2011

Tom Ford: The Best Man in Town

Meet the aptly named Tom Ford, who has been a fundamental contributor to this blog and created our logo!

Meticulous in nature Tom's shoe collection is over 30 strong and includes a healthy mix of all the styles profiled in this blog and a few more that are still to come. This particular shot sees him sport a driving shoe
Works with the uniform of an Oxford shirt and stonewash jeans.


Shoe Brand of The Year: Clarks

Not getting why?! Well I've bought three pairs this year and when people say, 'THEY'RE CLARKS?' I say yes. They don't just make shoes for your older relatives or you school attending siblings! This year has seen Clarks team up with expert shoe makers Poste to create the Clarks x Poste Desert Boot & Desert Trek shoe, as well as Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame to create the Clarks x Pretty Green Boot.
Ch-ch-check it out!

You still not sold? Well Wu-Tang rock Clarks Wallabees, LL Cool J reps Wallabees! So in the words of Nas, 'Wallabees be the apparel'

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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Sock of the Year: Falke

Maker of the markets best invisible sock, but much more than makers of a sock which is especially harder to see...Falke socks steal Sock of the Year for us! Their range is a healthy blend of classic and contemporary the making them this year's sock for business or pleasure and even their slipper socks are the house socks of dreams!



Friday, 2 September 2011

Sock of the Year: Runner Up - Pantherella

The runner up (and only due to my massive bias on the eventual winner in this category) is the Pantherella Sock. Pantherella are purveyors of the finest socks and the famous 'Gentleman's Business Sock' exported worldwide as the sock to complete the suit. My favourite Pantherella product is their cashmere socks and for those who haven't worn a pair of cashmere socks, know that the feeling of putting them ON is like the same feeling you have when take OFF your regular socks in bed, but better.

An honourable mention goes to Happy Socks who just create socks that do what they say on the sole!
Check out there recent work with Be@rbrick and some early Sock&Sole work on their Spring/Summer '11 Collection.


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Trainer of The Year: #WINNER

And the winner, as chosen by my good friend @HelloMrGroom is the Patta x Nike Air Max 1.

Patta, who incidentally designed the artwork for a classic hip-hop mix-tape by Frank the Butcher also came up with this refreshing take on the classic Air Max.