For seasons now, Duckie Brown has sent models strutting down the runway in a special Floresheim by Duckie Brown line of footwear, complimenting the contemporary menswear label’s fashion-forward efforts. The collaboration between the cutting-edge and the welcoming old-world consummated for the Spring/Summer 2009 season, when Duckie Brown put its ground-breaking and insightful designs into the classic Americana with brightly color suede dress shoes sprucing up a spring in outfits with electric yellow, azure blue and safari sandy khakis.
Three seasons later for Fall/Winter 2010, the duo continue to challenge and revamp men’s traditional dress shoes– if not in silhouette, the change comes in terms of daring color choices. The season is a big tapestry of out-of-the-box pairings and a lot of mix-and-match, all to result in wonderful shoes that are classy and far from dull. Tall boots turn brogue for the restless, active man who sometimes can’t decide if a black-tie event is in order; polished wing-tips get a little naked and go lace-less for the suited man who would like to loosen his tie and wants his shoes to reflect that; supple suede loafers come in an array of colors, including a wonderfully irreverent electric pink. Tassels, shades, color blocks and fearless experimentation prove to stir things up in a triumphant collection.
These reinventions of the classic dress shoes take on a different stance from the prevailing sneaker boots and sneaker brogue trend going on, as it stays firmly on the side of sophistication but expands it horizons for men who have outgrown sneakers but not their youthful spirits. Of course, counting on Florsheim’s more than a century old tradition of craftsmanship for comfort (the label used to x-ray customer’s feet to ensure proper fit shows meticulous dedication), these shoes are not all looks but have quality and substance to back themselves up.