Posts Tagged ‘sneakers’

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 >>>

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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Lunch Break: LA Gears & Milkshakes.

Black & White LA Gear KAJ. You can cop a pair here.

These are from LA Gear's 1990s "Unstoppable" line.

Weeks and weeks ago, Kanayo and I took a lunch break to hit up our local Steak & Shake. We both had a sweet-tooth and, well, you can't help but love Steak & Shake's Happy Hour: Snicker,  Butterfinger, and Butter Pecan milkshakes (just to name a few) for 1/2 off — it's a pretty sweet deal. Then we figured… might as well get a steakburger too. We definitely don't encourage fast food (except for maybe Chick-fil-a), but every now and then won't hurt too bad.  

rolling through the drive-thru.


the "goods"

90s Steez: Vintage Disney denim jacket, Bape graphic tee,

Diesel jeans, Unstoppable LA Gears.

During our back to school article, seeing the Y-3 Yohji Yamamato Neo Tech sneakers gave me  flashbacks of LA Gears. So Sportie LA was nice enough to send us a couple pairs. LA gear's are definitely stand-outs due to its size, so if you like people to really notice your kicks… get a pair of Unstoppables.

Check out 90s Steez and more Fall Winter 2010-2011 trends here.

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Designer Sneakers: Lanvin, Prada, Louboutin, Armani, Gucci, Burberry, and more.

Just in case some of you guys aren’t familiar with the styles, I’ve posted a few designer sneakers below.

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)

80s Baby: Reebok Reborn

I got word of Reebok’s Spring 2009 collection months ago. I heard it was cool, but never really got around to seeing what it was about– how the shoes looked and so on. Today, I aimlessly discovered the photos of their collection that until today- had just been taking up space on my hard drive.
And to Reebok I say- Bravo, way to take today’s fashion culture by the reigns and completely upgrade. There collection is what alot of big shoe brands should do– modernize. Creative Recs sort of have a monopoly on this certain market niche and I’m sure they’re loving it, but there’s nothing wrong with good ole competition– it keeps fresh ideas-a-coming. Now, don’t get me wrong- I don’t think everyone should suddenly began to make boldly patterned and brightly colored shoes, by all means stay true to your brand. BUT, there’s nothing wrong with introducing one collection, or atleast a few kicks that will leave the M.I.A and Kanye West of the world wanting more.



Unfortunately many of these were/are limited editions that have already sold out, but you can still find many of the main styles… oh, and did I mention… these are women’s shoes. Usually, I would never prompt a male to purchase shoes designed for a woman, buuuuuut these are kinda fly and I think guys can certaintly pull them off. (just don’t buy the pink ones).


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