No attire will be complete without a great pair of shoes. Imagine wearing a nice suit with a pair of square-toe PVC shoes or a great pair of jeans with a dirty pair of flip-flops. Never underestimate the importance of footwear that you put on before you step out of the house. A great pair of shoes is more than just a mere cover-up for your ugly toes and hairy feet. Your shoes should be able to make a statement and compliment your entire outfit.
Some of us fall prey to the temptation of blending into the crowd sporting footwear from brands like New Balance or Toms because the rest of the ‘cool’ crowd are wearing them. Go ahead and ask them if they have any idea about these shoes and why is it suddenly so cool to be seen wearing them.
Since Emm-a-man is all about individuality and fashion that never goes out of style, here are six iconic shoes that men should know about and why they will never go out of style.
Timberland Yellow boot
The Yellow boot is popular among not only men but also women from different walks of life. From Hollywood movie stars to just your average-joes going about their business on daily basis, millions of pairs are sold each year. The boots are made out of 39 components and constructed via 80 separate factory floor steps. The Yellow boot was first introduced in the seventies after noticing the demand for durable leather boots to keep American working men dry outdoors. And the rest is history.
Even though Vans Slip-On shoe is not the first design introduced by The Van Doren Rubber Company back then in 1966, it was the one that really put the brand on the map. Vans Slip-Ons gained international attention and appeal when they were worn by Sean Penn in the 1982, iconic youth film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Although the shoe has spawned countless designs and designer collaborations, the checker-board print remains a classic favorite that everyone wants as part of their personal collection. Don’t forget the sticky waffle soles that makes it suitable for skateboarding.
Dr. Martens is actually an original brand by a real German military doctor named Klaus Maertens. He designed the boots with air-cushioned soles after injuring himself on a ski trip. A UK bootmaker then bought patent rights to the German doctor’s design in 1960. Bill Griggs kept the name and started manufacturing rightaway. Dr. Marten has managed to sustain its strong footing in the pop culture for more than half-century worn by the likes of Pete Townshend, members of The Who, Miley Cyrus and even Pope John Paul II who owns a customized pair in white.
Clark’s desert boots
Nathan Clark designed the Original Desert Boot in 1949 and launched it at the Chicago Shoe Fair a year later. According to the brand’s official website, the boot design was inspired by a crepe-soled boot made from rough suede in Cairo’s fabled Old Bazaar. It is also the footwear of choice for off-duty Eighth Army officers. Clark’s Desert Boot is well-known for its fuss-free design and extreme comfort. The needs for casual shoe was met upon the arrival of the Desert Boots in the market. It instantly become a huge hit among gentlemen of that era leading to the present day.
The shoe designer, Paul Sperry was actually an avid sailor who almost lost his life to a slippery deck. After years of trying to perfect a non-slip boat shoe, he finally figured it all out after watching his dog dart effortlessly across the ice. He then carved grooves similar to his dog’s paws into the bottom of a rubber sole and just like that, Sperry Topsider was born!
Converse Jack Purcell
John Edward “Jack” Purcell was a Canadian world champion badminton player 1930s until 1945 when he finally retired to become a stock broker. Purcell originally designed his signature shoe for the B.F. Goodrich Company of Canada in 1935. He intended to provide more protection and support for badminton players on the courts. It was only in 1970s that Converse purchased the trademark rights to Jack Purcell sneakers. The shoe at a glance is quite similar to Converse All Star but can be distinguished by the signature “smile” across the toe.
Converse Jack Purcell has proven itself to still being popular and relevant with today’s Instagram and hashtag generation with the recent unveiling of its Fall 2014 collection. The latest reincarnation of Jack Purcell design features waxed cotton cross-stitch detail and crafted in fine high-quality leather. The entire Fall 2014 line is available at Converse Jack Purcell x The Offday Pop Up Store in Bangsar.
Just in case you don’t have any of these shoes in your shoe closet, you seriously need to go out there and get a pair in your size. These iconic shoes will remain in fashion forever since they have lasted this long. This is one of those rare occurrences when splurging is allowed, in case you have never paid more than RM100 for a pair of shoes.
Just trust us on this one.
Source: All of the above-mentioned brands’ official websites