Archive for January, 2011

Zonkey Boots

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There's a new luxury Austrian shoe brand around, its name? Zonkey Boot. Sounds sorta weird huh? And yes, the name is meant to sound like a cross between "Zebra and Donkey"…

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St.Crispin shoe designer Michael Rollig explains, "So, what is a Zonkey [you may ask]? Zonkeys are crossbreeds and come in various shapes; the mixture of their features [are] unpredictable. They are a man made attempt to create something new from known ingredients, in this case genes. Looking at a Zonkey one finds himself searching for the Zebra’s and the Donkey’s attributes; some are visible, some are hidden and the distribution is different in each specimen. [So] what is Zonkey Boot? Our ongoing attempt to create heavenly shoes."

I guess that makes sense… they already have the ingredients to make great shoes, but they want to create something that is unpredictable and new, like a Zonkey. I can dig it. The name is definitely catchy, and the shoes are pretty darn hot. So I'm sure these will be a success.

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Welts & Leisure (above). Hand-welted shoes — which many proclaim is the best method for making shoes (they'll last a lifetime), it's very time-consuming process and requires great skill, so it is "rare and precious" to have new hand-welted shoes these days.

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Zonkey Boot Urban Sports (above): The Italian province of Veneto, on the southern side of the alps, has a tradition of mountaineering shoe making. Zonkey Boot sports shoes are a minimalized version of the mountain boots, featuring all the technical requirements for urban outdoor use, like ortho-cork inlays and advanced rubber sole constructions.

 

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Kanye West in Fur, Lil Wayne in Teddy Bears

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Kanye West leaving his NYC Hotel in a full length fur coat, faded black crew neck tee, black leather pants, python skin and leather paneled backpack, and Air Jordan Retro 3 sneakers. (Let's be honest… We expect these types of looks from Kanye these days)

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Seems like Lil Wayne truly is the poster boy for Jeremy Scott (remember him in the Fruition x Jeremy Scott Bart Simpson ensemble). He's recently been seen rocking the Jeremy Scott Adidas Teddy Bears. Jeremy Scott is on the Adidas Originals by Originals team and he's been busting out many creations that continuously to sell out. (Check Lil Wayne giving us a little 90s Steez with the acid wash jeans)

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Get Inspired for 2011: Street Style Roundup

**Happy New Year to you all! 2010 was great, and 2011 should be even greater. The world might just end next year, so make this year count! Lol, just kiddin'. (2012 is a pretty good movie though). But forreal, heed to the cliches' of following your dreams and living with a purpose. I found myself listening to Lauryn Hill the other day (her MTV Unplugged album) and as usual she had some wise words, and spoke about "living" and doing what you love, doing something with a purpose, something that adds to the world not detracts or extracts from it… So that's our little T.U.G advice for 2011: Live & Live with a (positive) purpose.**

Alright, so yesterday I found myself flipping through a couple of magazines, yanno just checking up, peeping the styles, etc etc. And, well, after awhile I found myself totally uninspired. And the more I thought about it, the more it annoyed. So I decided that we were past due for a nice, Urban Gentleman street style round-up. I had a folder of looks I had been collecting from friends and sites around the net, buuuut somehow I can't find it… So I spent a little time collecting new ones (hopefully I'll find the other photos soon). Check it out:

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Love this photo for some reason. It makes me happy. I guess because its original and reminiscent of classic slap-stick comedy, like the Three Stooges or something. The crew-neck sweat shirt pushed-up, the urbane wanderer backpack, the worn classic brogues… even the color story works, the orange socks and tan brown brogues match his hair. My only question is: how intentional did he put  this look together? *pondering* The more I look at it, the more it looks like a  ready-to-wear mix between Adam Kimmel and Comme Des Garcons.

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Gotta love the layering. Navajo print, plaid, corduroy, and knit.

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Usually I would never be attracted to loafers with such thick soles, but the thick-soled loafers work with this look. I'm digging the silhouette as well. Usually very skinny pants paired with a very full coat on a man can tend to look feminine, but this doesn't… therefore, I can dig it.

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The weaved scarf is a winner.

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