Junya Watanabe’s Fall/Winter 2009 runway invitation read “no hunting, no fishing, no firearms”, and ironically, that’s what the collection’s looks seem to be all about (minus the firearms, of course.) The hunter is reintroduced into the city life with a range of remade classic sportswear items. That’s the style of Watanabe– take something classic, add a little twist, a little detail, and a little je nais se quoi…and Voila! A newborn classic.
The leather shoes from this collection has the same way of evoking a sense of familiarity and nostalgia. The leather shoes retain silhouettes of classic shoes we have seen before- the mid-top upper with a three-eyelet lace-up reminds us slightly of a chukkah or desert boot; the tan leather bottom panel is hunting boot-like; the fuzzy moccasin toe is reminiscent of well, a moccasin. The soles are made extra thick with a wooden midsole to give the shoes an architectural quality, something that is slightly genteel and slightly punk.
This is the beauty of Watanabe’s work– these shoes have a lot of working elements yet they fuse together harmoniously without being obnoxious. These shoe are great for fall and will work with almost anything ranging from jeans to khakis and even some suits. They are now available online via: colette.