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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

We’ve Got [Affordable] Men’s Designer Shoes!

PAO195A colleague recently pointed me to a New York Times blog post about Italian designer shoes. The shoes, from a third-generation company in Montegranaro, retail starting at $1,000 and up — way up, actually. In an economy that’s still working to get back on its feet, it was a little hard for me to understand how anyone could justify spending so much on a pair of shoes (heck, I would question the decision to spend that much money on shoes in a good economy, too). Thankfully, here at Shoefly, we have the same amount of taste and style for a much more affordable price. In fact, Shoefly.com is having a 30% off sale, so the prices are even better than before! If you’re in the market for a pair of quality designer shoes with a whole lot of class, look no further.

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Designer Spotlight: Ryan Rowe

Tipton F08As I was perusing through Shoefly Guy today, I kept finding myself drawn to different pairs of shoes crafted by a single designer: Ryan Rowe. I was a little surprised that I gravitated toward one designer just with the handful of shoes that peaked my interest. So, since Rowe is obviously doing something right by capturing my attention with a number of his styles, I’ve decided he deserves some time in the spotlight this week. According to Rowe, his mission is to present a “concept of modern luxury which is about quality, accessibility, simplicity, attention to detail, getting back to nature and being comfortable.” I think you’ll find the shoes I’ve featured below all reflect this mission in one way or another — from his intentional use of earth tones to his innovative detailing and accent colors — not to mention, they’re just down-right hip shoes.

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Thursday, July 30th, 2009

And who designs your shoes?

Mike DirntApparently, Mike Dirnt, the bass player for Green Day, is also a shoe designer. No, I’m not joking, and yes, it’s all right to laugh (I did). Though, I suppose it’s not that surprising given the fact that countless celebrities regularly try their hand at fashion and style — everyone from legendary athletes like Michael Jordan to cutting-edge pop stars like Kanye West and now, I guess we can add Mike Dirnt to the list. According to Shoes4Souls, an international charity that provides free shoes to people in need, Dirnt (with some from MacBeth Footwear) has created a shoe called “45 RPM” from which any royalties he receives as a result of shoe sales will go directly to the charity.

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Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Three Strikes for White Bucks

LeightonThere was an article in the New York Times a couple weeks back heralding the return of white bucks – ivory-colored buckskin leather shoes with red rubber soles. The shoes were originally crafted for the game of tennis, however, now they’re more synonymous with country clubs and “preppies.” Personally, I think they’re one of the most worthless shoes ever designed. To use a baseball analogy, white bucks take three hard swings at practicality, relevance, and value, but end up striking out every time.

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Monday, June 29th, 2009

Men’s Fashion: Gray is the new Black

Forget the rainbows; give us clouds! This sort of approach may represent the future of men’s fashion.    A recent New York Times article offered a simple messge from Miuccia Prada’s latest show: in men’s fashion, gray is the new black. In her article, “Prada’s Gray Elegy,” Suzy Menkes writes that Ms. Prada “turned the dullness of gray, from dove to anthracite, into a shaded palette.” I have often felt that the economic meltdown has turned the whole world gray; nothing is black and white anymore, it seems.  All the more appropriate, then, that men’s fashion designers would choose to show how beautiful gray can be.

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