ZERO GRAND

When i heard about this ZERO GRAND from my friend, he was like”dude this will completely blown your mind” as a shoe lover i got confused, are you kidding me, COLE HAAN? as if the lunargrand dress shoe collab with nike wasn’t enough, you’ve gone a step further and successfully blown my mind.

Yes it was indeed, another massive collaboration from NIKE and COLE HAAN, NIKE known to its innovative approach of athletic shoes, COLE HAAN known to its aggressive approach of combining modern and classic silos has come up with a lightest (290 grams) and most flexible shoe Cole Haan has ever created. Man i must say upon seeing it on pictures i was like, “i want you so bad that i cant even sleep” LOL but not before the price was posted, then i said “ah ok, i just sleep on it”, whooping at nearly $300 (11k to 13k) for a pair of shoes that is neither a sneaker or dress shoe.

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For my tastes, I fancy this shoe more than the LunarGrand, it just does marry well with my personality. Progressing towards the silos and aesthetics, since working on a shoe company i’ve got a little knowledge, as you can see they’ve use two different upper material one is made up of riftop nylon and the other one is in full grain suede which is good cause this are high quality materials and finest of all its kind, sole are made up of ultra light  EVA midsole with rubber outsole compared to its counterpart brogues so no wonder it cost to break a bank. However, if you think this is the shoe for you, take a gander at my findings and judge for yourself.

UP’S

  • I’ve seen a similar outsole like this and its extremely flexible. Seriously, the bad boy of all sole as of now. Great for individuals that may spend a lot of time on their feet or have underlying foot ailments. 
  • Will definitely become your default shoes whether your working in a business-casual or in creative environment that encourages fashion-forward thinking.

 

DOWN’S

  • The cost can break a bank – at nearly Php 15K for a pair of shoes that is neither a sneaker or dress shoe, this business-casual hybrid is pretty steep for a shoe to be worn most likely in a casual setting.
  • The suede material is not applicable here in our country when the mighty drops of water emerge and can ruin a one month shoe salary. Imagine your ZERO GRAND drown it a deep shallow water of manila. “Put it in the wash, they’ll be grand” LOL
  • This is a fashion forward design and its risky cause your look may become dated sooner rather than later.
  • The perforated holes might not the be your best bud when it rain.

Prey your ZERO’S here

Whatcha think guys? might help me as well to purchase one if its doable. LOL  Do you think this can be your shoes or just out of your reach too. I’d to hear your comments below.

Lacoste Kids Fall/Winter 2014 Lookbook

Yet summer here is completely over and colder months were just about to reach its hey days, but still we’re vastly experiencing humid days and nights, no question about it since we’re in a tropical country and transitional weather is in fact a normal phenomenon. Nevertheless, it wasn’t what i am pointing out, it means more brands are packing their entire collection out for the upcoming season, aren’t you excited? If your going to ask me, well, i am! but not for myself, i’m much more excited to see the whole bunch of A/W 2014 kids collection. 

I cant wait to own a piece for my lil buddy and i know he’s already diggin’ it, talkin about A/W essentials, i just both him a pair of boots and sneakers which makes him say YES!! BOOTS!!! he even wanted it to wear in school! Yeah im broke, but it doesn’t matter, the satisfaction of seeing your kids excited and happy is just enough to cover up the loss! 

I’d rather find myself in a tacky downright outfit than seeing my kids in the same way.

Nuff said, So to give you a taste of what’s coming out this season, take a look at the latest Lacoste Kids Fall/Winter 2014 Lookbook, the entire collection is a combination of streetwear and school campus basics, with bold and vibrant designs for both boys and girls.

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That camou shirt though! Paging ninong and ninangs (godfather and godmother) we’re now accepting gifts till x-mas! LOL 

Check out LACOSTE here

Your thoughts about the trend for kids this coming season? feel free to give your generous comments below! 

ON TREND: SANDALS

Sandals, Mandals, (whatever) when you heard about this word what comes first in your mind? its for ladies, right? come on.., its undeniably that when we saw men wearing sandals they are sometimes taunted as mermaids, that some of your noob friends might tell you “HEY BRO! THAT BELONGS TO YOUR SISTER!” 

As seen on most fashion forward sites and brands, the emergence of sandals is obviously the biggest trend that might also hit the market or its already out in the market and we’re just being blinded by its counter part. I’ve seen some foreign and local brands are already exploring their market as early as 2014. 

As i see it, its going to be a trend up to summer of 2015, i may not have a concrete proof but base on my observation on street, brands, fashion show, photos, are my strong basis that this sandals might be the next trend of footwear. 

I know, dont raise your brows yet, not all men can pull it off and may consider it as fashion faux pas but man you cant arguably deny its one of the most comfortable footwear specially in our tropical country. Its breathable, comfortable, stylish and smart.

So if your planning to own a pair as an alternative to our flip flops (much better than flip flops actually) i suggest you go for a leather material as its more sturdy and classically smart, opt to basic colors, but if your in the mood you can inject colors too just make sure that anything above goes basic. I also suggest look for a rubber sole so you wont bother of getting slipped and can be easily repaired and replaced.

 

THE “X” BAND OR CROSS OVER STRAP

More elegant than flip flops, more manly than the gladiator, dont be fooled by its style this can be your go-to-go relaxed footwear this season. 

if i were to wear this: i’ll pair it with shorts and a chambray or denim  button down for an easy-breezy style. If it requires to wear a pants, chinos are my best choice, rolled up.

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THE TWO BAND STRAP

The resurgence of "BIRKS".  Two band strap reminds me of the arizona line of birkenstock that most of us had a pair or two of this footwear, it was indeed a major hit in the market but slowly became obsolete maybe due to the fast pace of fashion so sandals remains at the back seat but not anymore. Aside from thongs and one finger sandals, two band strap is my next in line cause it more like sporty sandals, the approach in terms aesthetics and silos of the modern two band straps are more applicable to men. 

if i were to wear this: Wear it on shorts and chino pants with tee’s and bomber jacket for a casual sporty vibe. 

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THE GLADIATOR

Probably the most undeniably hard to pull off without looking too feminine despite of the fact that its GLADIATOR (300 buddy), I remember back in 2010 when i first saw this on some articles and i was like “WHAT THE F”*K! SERIOUSLY” it was not a reaction of mocking but instead a confusion, but to be honest upon seeing this on the street and on some fashion shows i think there making a huge impact to those fashion forward avant garde. But for me this is a bit out of my league. Nevertheless, i still want to re-introduce this gladiator man sandals.

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if i were to wear this: Pair it with pants and button down, but probably the best is to wear it with confidence.

Lookbook guide for wearing sandals

Where to shop: ALDO, PEDRO, TOPMAN, ZARA, TEVA, COTTON ON, HE MANGO, TRAFFIC, BIRKENSTOCK

 

 Tip: Keep your toenails clean and free from any smudge of dirt in short get a pedicure but leave the nail polish behind (optional), a well trim and dirt stain free nails is big a thumbs up. 

 

 So what are your thoughts? i’d like to hear it. hit the comment section below.  thanks guys!