Kate Upton—GQ, 2012
American footwear brand Yuketen releases this preview of their spring / summer 2012 collection, and right from the get-go it’s pretty obvious that they’re looking to raise the bar on boat shoes. One almost gets that overwhelmed, kid-in-a-candy-store feeling when looking at these photos of the dizzying array of shoes Yuketen has to offer. There’s monotone and mixed colorways, textures, detailing, and who knows what else. This is just the tip of the iceberg, expect more information closer to the spring 2012 months.
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visvim founder & designer Hiroki Nakamura has recently been quoted in CODE Magazine about his hopes to open a second hand store next year, saying “…This is the first time I’m telling anyone this. The idea is somehow to buy back and resell, buy back and resell…so, like, then my scene is complete. It will probably happen in 2012”.
visvim as a company is dedicated to earth-friendly practices, so this offbeat retail store idea, while somewhat surprising in concept, actually makes sense in the whole visvim ‘big picture’. With a focus on obtaining old product from the brand and again putting them back on the market, the idea is both compelling and exciting considering how hard it is to get a pair of visvim shoes as is.
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Former Marc by Marc Jacobs protege Oliver Clark has turned his eye on creating a stunning collection of footwear for Spring 2012. From Chelsea Boots to Loafer’s, this collection is beautifully executed with subtle colorways, silhouettes, & styling. We especially love the watercolor illustrations that accompany an image of each shoe.
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Converse has taken a chance with denim on a series of sneakers for the upcoming Spring 2012. The new Chuck Taylor All Star Premium Denim Pack will offer both low top and high tops. Made with premium denim fabrics on the uppers in multiple colourways, leather toe caps with details on the front and waxed laces. All the effort put into this premium shoe have paid off with a successful, retro look. Look for the release of this iconic footwear early next year.
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British shoemaker Hudson is putting away thoughts of the cold months ahead & giving us a look at their warm weather offerings for Spring/Summer 2012. The collection follows the typical aesthetic of the brand, with elegant, well-made oxfords, boots, & brogues. Look for more information on this collection in the coming months.
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ECCO have got avid golfers interests at heart with their Spring/Summer 2012 collection. All the options available feature either Gore-tex or Hydromax technology. The shoes that feature Gore-tex technology are designed to keep feet dry and prevent blisters with waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX that wicks away moisture and prevents it from coming in. If you purchase a pair that utilizes Hyrdomax technology, you’re getting a pair of shoes made from exceptional water resistant leather. Either way your feet will be kept dry and comfortable when you decide to hit the links.
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adidas Originals has previewed a notable shoe for their Spring 2012 collection. A remake of the popular ZX 8000 ‘Hiking’ shoe that hit stores last year in a brown leather colourway is now seeing new light in a simple yet elegant black leather premium version. Features include D-ring eyelets, beige leather lining and matching laces. Inspired by the outdoor boot, this sneaker is ready for any open woods or urban jungle. Sleek and fashionable with a minimalist design.
Available January 2012 and is now up for pre-order from End.
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Mathieson has unveiled their latest shoe that will hit stores in Spring/Summer 2012. The Mathieson Treks are an interesting hybrid that show off a mid top skate and hiking boot silhouette. Made from suede and ripstop fabric for a scratch resistant upper and a durable vulcanized trek sole. These rugged beauties still carry a lightweight make and easy-to-wear qualities of a skate shoe.
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Branching into new territory, Carhartt will be offering an extensive lineup of footwear in collaboration with Black Diamond. Providing a solid collection of styles while maintaining the brand’s signature philosophy. Featuring waterproof shoes with heel guards, OrthoLite technology and Carhartt direct welt construction. This warm, sturdy boot comes in multiple colourways with bold designs catering to every ones tastes.
Available next year at Carhartt retail accounts and online via Carhartt.com
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