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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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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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