A few seasons ago, deck shoes were aged summer classic for men who lounge on yachts and stroll languidly along docks. Then, deck shoes alongside other heritage silhouettes such as the desert boot speckled the urban landscape when men started cuffing their denim and chinos around last summer. Eventually, the deck shoes started transforming into a new entity that is urban-ready and hip, especially with help from one of the original labels that kick started hipster cool into high gear– Band of Outsiders.
The collaboration between Band of Outsiders and Sperry Top-Sider has been so extremely well received and loved that the duo had returned season after season with new material and construction that never fail to please and surprise. As the collaboration’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection is now available, Freshness had the pleasure of previewing the upcoming Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
Just like last season, the duo remixed the summer staple with winter appropriate materials so the effortlessly casual low-top shoes can make the unforgiving cold bearable and let its wearer hang on to a little bit of summer. While last year was all about flannel, suede and water-resistant leather, this year, the duo brought the perennial fall favorite, corduroy, on board. Deck shoes, penny loafers and hi-top remakes of the deck-shoes (with added puffed ankle collars) are color-blocked in suede. Aside from corduroy, another standout line-up is the furry shearling pairs that are cream and fluffy on the outside and supple on the inside. These furry numbers also come in an “inside out” version where it’s fur-lined on the inside and smooth on the outside. Last but not least, the hi-top versions have also been remixed in polyester and are slightly reminiscent of winter puffersâ€”street appropriate and quite effortlessly cool with the right shade of denim.
Enjoy the preview and stay tuned for more information as they drop in stores next season!