Footwear finds

by Elise Diamantini

There was a strong representation of footwear during this week’s New York market. Work boots, colorful chukkas, sneaker/boot hybrids, neon soles and oxfords were all trending styles. Here are a few pairs that I especially liked.

Wolverine 1,000 Mile collection has greatly expanded in just a few short years. Ken Giddon of Rothman’s in New York says that he can’t keep this style (pictured first) in stock and that it’s his best selling item in the entire store ($325 retail).

Pointer is a U.K.-based brand that launched in 2004 with the “aim of making simple, well-designed casual shoes in a market saturated with increasingly technical trainers and hyped-up limited-edition sneakers.” Pointer offers affordable retail price points (around $65) and is sold at specialty stores like American Rag, Bodega, Need Supply and Kith.

Vlado Footwear’s fun presentation is what lured me into their booth. Styles retail from $79 to $89 at mass shoe retailers like Journeys.

Broken Homme is made in America and designed in Long Beach, Calif. The brand is represented by the Timothy Heenan Showroom, and retails from $240 to $300. Broken Homme is stocked at stores like Piper Shoe Parlor, Douglas Fir Feet, American Rag and Convert.

More streetwear brands are offering dressier shoe options in their fall ’13 collections. WeSC’s fall ’13 collection (titled Weird Woods) was a perfect example of how the lines between streetwear, contemporary and traditional menswear will continue to blur.