Trends: Patterned Socks, Harem Pants, & Modified Espadrilles

Socks socks socks– whether striped or native-printed they're the latest essential statement making accessory for men. Stance and Nigel Knox loaded us up on socks, so in a late winter shoot we paired them with a few new pairs of Toms, stylish threads from Onassis, and a few other pieces.

"playing chinese checkers"; vintage Gant plaid button-up; selvedge Levis: Nigel Knox skull socks; Toms desert botas; LRG belt, Nixon watch

A few years ago it was all about skull scarves, last year and the year before skull velvet slippers, this year you gotta have atleast one pair of skull socks.

LRG crewneck sweater; Meltin' Pot denim; Stance camouflage socks; suede Toms shoes

Toms continues to recreate their "buy a pair, we give a pair" espadrilles with newer styles like the suede cordones (featured above) to the canvas desert botas.

vintage Atlanta snapback; Onassis chambray jacket shirt; Onassis harem pants; UGG sneakers; LRG scarf

Onassis has created a perfect pair of modern harem pants, not too over-exaggerated and Hammer-like, but just enough dimension in the shape to a second-look. (You can't see it in the pic, but the crotch of the pants does sag a bit, which of course adds to the authenticity of it being a pair of harems)

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Parks and Recreation: Summertime Style.

Parks & Recreation: Snapback & Tees (Summer Edition).

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Lately we've been so caught up in button-downs, selvedge denim, shawl collar cardigans, and double-breasted blazers that we've forgotten about the relaxed easiness of a simple t-shirt and shorts. So we pulled out the snapbacks, fresh tees, a variety of shorts, and matching accessories to help get you through what seems to be the hottest days of summertime. Also, introducing, Ben Swann #TeamTUG.

An afternoon at the park.

 

10:37AM// Eat breakfast.

(snapback hat: AN 'Arched Atlanta Braves', shirt:t-shirts.com 'Animal House', shoes: Native' Miller', watch: Timex)

11:15AM// Pack your bag for a good ole time at the park (yo-yo, check, frisbee, check, a ton of games to have old-fashion fun, check…).

(bookbag: Sprayground.net)

11:45AM// Always say "hi" to the neighbors or passersby, wave or casually throw up deuces (aka peace sign).

(shirt:t-shirts.com 'Beatles 1962', shoes: Native 'Howard' , jacket/rain coat: Vintage London Fog, bag: Nametag Sprayground, watch: Timex, buttons: Good Wood and T.U.G)

11:51AM// Look both ways before crossing the street.

(snapback hat: AN 'Nineties' Oakland Athletics, shirt:t-shirts.com 'Retro Bob Marley', shoes: Native 'Miller', watch: Timex 'Camper', rucksack: Duluth )

12:03PM// Keep cool and be nostalgic– buy a popsicle from the ice cream man.

(snapback hat: AN 'Across the Board' Detroit, shirt:t-shirts.com 'Bayside High', shoes: Native 'Howard', watch: Timex 'Camper', jacket: Vintage early 90s Levis, buttons: Good Wood and T.U.G)

12:19PM// Sit on a bench (in the shade of course), people watch, and ponder upon life.

(snapback hat: AN 'Across the Board' Detroit, shirt:t-shirts.com 'Bayside High', shoes: Native 'Howard', watch: Timex 'Camper', jacket: Vintage early 90s Levis, buttons: Good Wood and T.U.G)

 

12:43PM// Play frisbee with a friend. (or any other park-friendly sport to your liking)

(snapback hat: AN 'Across the Board' Braves, shirt:t-shirts.com 'Hangover  One Man Wolfpack'shoes: Native 'Corrado', watch: Timex)

1:42PM// Take a breather and relax before heading home, or to your next destination.

(snapback hat: AN 'Across the Board' Braves, shirt:t-shirts.com 'Hangover  One Man Wolfpack'shoes: Native 'Corrado', watch: Timex)


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Christian Louboutin Tassel Suede Loafers and Louis Python Sneakers

With his studs retired for a brief moment, here's a little taste of what Christian Louboutin has to offer for Fall/Winter 2011.

Christian Louboutin Tasselissimo Suede Shoes, $1,450. In well-known over indulgent Christian Louboutin style, these tasseled loafers have been taken to the max… and then some. At very first glance, these lingered as off-putting, but then a few more seconds passed and I envisioned these being paired with a well tailored navy suit, worn sockless (down a cobblestone street in Italy, lol).

Christian Louboutin Louis Python Crystal Sneakers, $1,495. Simple all black python snakeskin exotic sneakers, with his signature Louboutin red bottoms. I can easily see these on the red carpet– maybe on Usher, Pharrell?

I must say, Louboutin is making the best crossover from women's shoes to men's, while some of his designs may be a bit ornate for some they definitely stand out as bona fide statement pieces. See More Photos Below, —> CONTINUE READING MORE >>>

S/S Men’s Style Essential: Espadrilles

men's street style espadrilles

Our next featured style essential? Men's espadrilles… the perfect summer kick-around shoe, along with your canvas lace-ups of course.

And this year designers and brands have really expanded their espadrille offerings, they're not just offering the basic slip-on anymore… we've got high-top espadrilles, lace-up espadrilles, suede espadrilles, even leather espadrilles.Check it all out below:

 
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Check out the complete Spring Summer Men's Style Guide, here.

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RYZ Sneakers: G3-Series

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There are always new products coming out, and most of it ends up being pretty damn mediocre, yanno #basic. But when you combine former Adidas U.S. and Japan President, Rob Langstaff, and well-known artist/designer Todd Alan Breland you get more than mediocre. These guys combined their experience and expertise to create a new, design-focused footwear brand– RYZ. Initially starting with graphic focused designs, RYZ has recently introduced a new modern, streamlined line of sneakers– The G3-Series.The G3 kicks are meant to provide men a staple, "all-around sneaker"– something you can wear with cargo shorts or a suit. I'm not always keen on sneakers -and- suit pairings, but I can easily see these with a slim-fit casual suit. In the words of RYZ Founder Rob Langstaff and Creative Director Todd Breland, "By combining the refined sensibility of dress shoes with the comfort and aesthetics of athletic footwear, RYZ challenges convention creating a refreshing foundation for men of every generation".

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Some of the design work of Todd Breland: Coca-Cola, Absolut/Kanye West, Elephant.

To take it a step further you can customize the G3-Series: the style, the color, and the soles. So we gave it a try…

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Can't get any better than T.U.G branded kicks: all black, style H-G3, T.U.G modern logo repeating on the sole

AND of course in true Urban Gentleman fashion we're going to giveaway a pair of H-G3 in black or white (courtesy of RYZ) . Plus, for the next month you can get 20% off RYZ sneakers using the code: RYZ-Dietch-20UrbanGent. Start creating a custom pair by going, here.

To win: Follow on Twitter, Fan on Facebook, and/or sign-up for T.U.G Mail. Then simply comment or retweet. And as always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning. Also be sure to Like RYZ on Facebook. (winners are chosen via random.org)
 

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Jimmy Choo Men’s Shoes

So Jimmy Choo is moving beyond designer sneakers for men, and into a whole line of men's shoes. The line is said to have been created with a range of men in mind from artists to investment bankers. And I suppose that's why it just seems sort of… average to me at the moment. Sometimes when you design with too many people in mind, the ideas get a little watered down (only sometimes).

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Jimmy Choo Men's Showroom

The collection has nice basics though: a biker boot, loafer, monk strap, sneaker, etc. I was looking for atleast one standout shoe amongst the line. But then again, when I think about what Jimmy Choo women's shoes are classically known for, it's top-notch craftsmanship and extreme comfort (even if they're 6 inch stilettos). So maybe the men's shoes will stick with that same blueprint for now and creatively branch out later.

Jimmy Choo Winter/Fall 2011 Men's Shoe Collection:

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Calf Monk Strap Crocodile

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Biker Boot Rugged Suede Shearling

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Evening Slipper Porno Paisley

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High Top Trainer Flannel Shearling Charcoal

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