British designer Neil Barrett is one of those designer with an interesting myriad of experiences under his belt, and as such his extensive resume has perhaps contributed to his eclectic style. Not only is the designer well-versed in classic menswear and fluent in the language of Savile Row’s dedication to craftsmanship and meticulous finesse in tailoring, he also has a rugged, rock-and-roll side fused into classic sophistication. Considering Barrett’s background in both sportswear (he dressed the Italian national football team in 2006) and luxury menswear (directed menswear collection at Gucci and Prada), it would not be far-fetched to attest that if any designer is able to successfully and truthfully merge street and luxury together, it would be Barrett.
Just like Barrett’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection seems to be a resolution in drawing different styles, fabrics and components together into one seamless item or look, his accompanying footwear plays along the same line of synthesis. Working with heritage company Palladium (which began in France as an aircraft tire manufacturer in 1920 before venturing into footwear while retaining the functionality and toughness of tires), Neil Barrett has created a clean, streamlined pair of military-inspired combat boots from a generous remix of materials. Crafted entirely in tonal colorways with only silver metal hardware such as lace eyelets and buttons as contrast, the boots upper are a mix of waxed leather, patent leather, and nubuck. The soles are rugged to provide ample grip with just the right thickness (so it is still urban ready and not too heavy) and luxury details such as a delicately embossed leather tongue tag reminds all the shoes are also runway worthy. The boots will be available for Fall/Winter 2010 and will also come in beige, and black and white. The best part, one doesn’t have to have an outdoor or combat agenda to be able to enjoy these boots.