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Jimmy Choo Sneaker Collection + The Rise of Men’s Designer Sneakers

Lanvin, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Louboutin, and now Jimmy Choo. The market for designer men’s sneakers is evolving at a rapid pace. In such an unstable economy, is this a wise move? Well, Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Kanye led their shoes to be sold out… yeah $800-$1200 pair of shoes were sold out in a matter of days, some even sold out in hours (many were pre-ordered though).

Shoe connoisseurs are still hawking them on eBay for up to $2,000… yeah, pretty crazy. So, clearly there is a demand for these high-end sneakers.


Louboutin Spiked-Hi Top Sneaker, $835

With producers like Pharrell and Swizz Beatz tweeting about and wearing the new men’s Louboutin shoes, Christian has had alot of great publicity. I’m just curious about the overall sales of his studded shoes so far (if anyone has an idea, feel free to comment). And I really want to get a look at his complete collection because so far it seems to be never-ending, lol.


3 of Jimmy Choo’s high-top sneakers

Jimmy Choo will be adding his fancy kicks to his pre-fall 2010 collection. There will be 8 styles, 5 high tops and 3 low tops. The materials for Choo’s sneakers will range from suede to patent leather to snakeskin. And the price? $470 to $630. That’s a few hundred lower than his luxury sneaker counterparts, so the price is definitely more economy conscious (in terms of luxury footwear)… But I guess the question is: will the lower price mean he’ll sell more? maybe even sell-out faster? Or will his lower price tag just leave him with lower profit margins? Only time will tell. The Jimmy Choo sneaker collection will be available to purchase online in May.

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What do you guys think about the rise in men’s designer sneakers? Which ones are your favorite? Are you willing to buy them or will you stick to your $50 Chuck Taylors, $100 Supras, and $150 Jordans?

(louis vuitton sneaker price chart below)

Christian Louboutin Men’s Shoes: Sneakers, Brogues, Loafers. Swizz Beatz Insider Loubi Scoop.

Swizz Beatz and Christian Louboutin, 2009

Producer Swizz Beatz has been tweeting photos of Louboutin sneakers for months…. and Christian Louboutin has been giving shout-outs and thank yous to both Pharrell and Swizz (while even showing love to Alicia and her latest album) on his Loubi Blog too. (her album is pretty hot btw).

There’s the well-known studded high-tops, brogues, and slippers. Then there’s the others that aren’t for sale quite yet, like the colorful, red and blue, and animal textured sneakers. Can’t wait to see what’s next…

Click here to see Pharrell as the Louboutin Don in his Freddy Flats and studded Loubi Sneaks.

Check out a complete collection
of Swizz Beatz Twitter pictures below:


This is probably the best looking group of Louboutin Men’s Shoes I’ve seen.
The silverish croc and and the black on black studded are my favorite.

Reggie Bush and Swizz Beatz showing off
the gold-studded Loubi Sneakers.

Swizz Beatz has even gotten his son involved in the Loubi revolution

Buy your own pair below:

(more pictures, including Kanye in Loubi slippers below)

Kanye in Paris rockin’ the rollerball Louboutin loafers

Freddy Flats

The Man and His Oversized Boots: Can Men Wear Uggs and Moon Boots?

Fall Out Boy guitarist, Pete Wentz was seen wearing Tecnica Moon Boots ($158) as he made his Starbucks coffee run. He also sports a pair of Von Zipper Giggle wayfarers ($90).
A recent photo of rockstar Pete Wentz wearing Moon Boots has caused me to ponder upon the age old riddle of ‘the man and his oversized boots’. The riddle has yet to be completely figured out by all. Some understand it, while man others scratch their head in pure perplexity. 
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake, and Orlando Bloom seemed to have solved the conudrum, yet many men are still pondering… so let’s try to figure it.

The History: Austrailian Uggs were orginally worn by Aussie sheep-shearers. They created these boots from the skin of the sheep, and realized that the boots were not only simple for them to create, but were practical in that they kept their feet warm. The word of these practical boots soon spread to Aviators, who used them in both World War I and II to keep their feet warm in their unpressurized ice-cold cockpits when flying in high-altitudes. Then by the 1960s competitive Australian swimmers and surfers were using them to warm their feet after leaving the water.

Tecnica Moon Boots were created in the 70s when the world was infatuated with Astronauts and outerspace. They’re a weatherproof boot that was made to resemble the boots worn by Astronauts. Napoleon Dynamite is said to have brought these bad boys back to life when he rocked them out in his movie, I’d have to concur. It’s also pretty easy to see that Moon Boots meant for extremely cold temperatures– comfort and warmness is what everyone wants in the depths of winter.
So what’s the beef with Uggs and Moon Boots on men… why is it that the boots have become synonymous with words like sissy if worn by a man? They were, afterall created by men, and initally worn by men. But the popularity of Uggs and Moon Boots in the 2000′s were definitely brought on by  fashonistas and model types.  The revitalization of the shoes and the brands (mainly Uggs) is all thanks to the ladies, so the feminine stigma that these oversized boots carry does make sense.

Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake in UGGs
But now, in 2010, is it okay for men to wear Uggs? Well for me its like this, as the popularity of the brand has decreased for women it has become more acceptable for men to wear them. A great deal of women haven’t worn the basic/classic Uggs since Winter 2007, maybe 2008. That disinterest in the shoe by women is great for any guy wanting to expand their boot collection. 

In the end, trends like these always go back to the comfort level a man has. How comfortable is he in his own skin? I still feel its hard for the average man to pull off wearing Uggs, but a stylish one or one with a stylist certainly can. If you’re worried about your masculinity in these boots, then don’t purchase them in bright colors like pink, purple, or even white. Only buy black, brown, maybe gray or navy blue. Also, keep in mind your geographical location; I highly doubt any man would get scorned for wearing these boots in traditionally cold countries and states like the Netherlands, Switzerland, Chicago, or New York. But if you’re located in cities like Los Angeles or Atlanta then many brows may be raised when you wear them, it’s just something you have to take in consideration.

 To many people, men and women, these shoes are just downright ugly, in general, no matter who wears them. And if that’s the case with you, then stick with boots that you like. But if you have been curious about wearing Uggs or Moon Boots, don’t be too self-conscious, the boots were afterall created by men for men (atleast initially).  I just think its imperative to note than when men wear them it’s not to be overly stylish… its for comfort and practicality.  Male celebrities don’t show up at events in these boots, they’re only seen wearing them when running errands, relaxing on their day off, etc. As long as you aren’t trying to sport these down the red carpet, I don’t think there’s a problem with having a pair by the door when going out to run basic errands on cold winter days.
Celebrities in UGG Boots: 
 Orlando Bloom rocks his Uggs while still looking
more masculine than the average man.
  
Bruce Willis and Ronnie Woods
Moon Boots and UGG Boots for Men:

Mr. Louboutin: Pharrell Williams… upgrade from Vans to Louboutins.

Throughout the fall/winter, BBC king Pharrell Williams has been seen sporting Christian Louboutin studded shoes instead of his usual comfy Vans. Known for their high-end stilettos with the signature red bottoms, often worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Rihanna, the folks at Louboutin are really upping the ante on men’s shoes. Kanye once proclaimed himself Louis Vuitton Don… is Pharrell the new Louboutin Don? Nah, that sounds too corny.  Check out Pharrell Williams rocking not one, not two, but three different kicks from Christian Louboutin’s SS2010 shoe collection for men:

(lots more pictures after the jump)

shoe cost: $1200

Christian Louboutin studded Louis sneakers
in 2 colorways, white and black.

(chuckles) You gotta love that Pharrell stays true to his simple tee and jeans look. Here he’s wearing washed embroidered helmet jeans from his Billionaire Boys Club label ($385). The louis sneakers look good with his usual slight v-neck and jeans, but the freddy flats don’t quite coordinate, but he’s Pharrell so we’ll let it slide… this time.

Freddy Flat ‘Las Vegas’ shoes
(patent leather with spikes and signature red bottom).
One of the first, if not THE first official Christian Louboutin men’s shoe,
in a Leopard print high-top nonetheless (April 2009). 
So I guess it’s official guys, men’s shoes are expanding… and during a recession at that!

TOMS: Shoes for Tomorrow

Mark Indelicato (of Ugly Betty) wearing TOMS on the “It’s on with
Alexa Chung” Show,
she’s like the MTV version of Chelsea Lately
(but Chelsea is a bit more hilarious).

For the past couple of years, depending on what store I enter, I’ll see a pair of shoes that remind me of earnest and simple living of people in certain foreign countries. When I see these shoes many images come to mind- monks, kung-fu, and nature in general. I used to only see these simple shoes here and there now I see them everywhere, but for good reason. These shoes are espadrilles and the brand that I see everywhere are called TOMS.

Tom shoes are truly inspirational, the company gives away a pair of shoes for every pair that is purchased. Not for every other pair, not for every 500 pair of shoes, but for EVERY pair of shoes that is bought. That’s extraordinarily commendable, and that makes you feel guilt free when shopping. Other companies have had similar missions; for every shirt you buy they’ll give 25% percent to a charity- which is nice, but nothing compares to directly giving a person in need the full amount or worth of the product… read more about TOMS mission here. Oh and TOMS basically stands for “Shoes for Tomorrow” or “Tomorrow’s Shoes”.

The shoes come in a variety of colors and textures,
here’s a few of my favorite for men:
Black Burlap, $48
VEGAN Khaki Herringbone Stitchout, $65
Chocolate Corduroy Stitchout, $58

Burlap Woven, $48

Other angles, click to enlarge:

And they have very cool packaging:

The shoes come tucked inside their own TOMS drawstring bag.


If you have some extra cash and you’re in need of a new pair of casual shoes, then order a pair of TOMS.

SWANK or DANK: Keep Canvas Shoes

Feels like forever since we’ve done a swank or dank… let’s try to make this a weekly thing. Okay, so this weeks item….

When I look at this shoe, I think summer time… perhaps a nice stroll through the park on a sunday afternoon, maybe grab a bit of italian-ice to keep you cool as you walk hand and hand with your signifcant other or maybe even as you people watch on a comfortable park bench.


Keep Gingham & Stripe Canvas Footwear, $66

So what do you think?

SWANK or DANK

(for the urban gent newbies, “swank” is good and “dank” is bad)

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