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iSpy… Stylish Men’s Shoes

Kate Vandermeer

Kate Vandermeer

Men’s shoe purveyors will be glad to know that the average Aussie male is more conscious of what’s on his feet than ever before… and he has every reason to be, given the struttable looks recently spotted by iSpyStyle

Kate Vandermeer is director of iSpyStyle – a website and consultancy that spies on the design and fashion industry providing trend and business information targeted to inspire, inform and connect. Follow Kate on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/iSpyStyle_Kate or subscribe to her website for free on http://www.ispystyle.net

I recently styled a shoot using some fabulous men’s shoes that were the perfect blend of designer style with an urban feel.  Construction is considered but not heavy, allowing the leathers to mould to the feet of the wearer, creating the comfort of a sneaker with the look of a polished men’s shoe.   Ranging from slip-on, loafer style lace ups to basketball high tops in mock croc leathers; Silence is Nothing will be adorning many a stylish foot.

Silence_is_Nothing_w250I stumbled across a fabulous shoe store in Sydney a while back, with a great range of modern men’s shoes that draw on classic, timeless designs for a more modern gentleman.  Chrissy Hammond of Marsu Homme, has 10 years experience in designing and hand making shoes and has sculpted each style with a nod to the craftsmanship of yesteryear.  Stocked in Incu, Fat, Leopold’s Empire, Tuchuzy and Saint Augustine Academy, Marsu Homme showcases that niche, hand made looks are appreciated amongst the right demographic.

Following on from my trend analysis about Artisan Shoes making a comeback in the last e-newsletter, its great to see retailers and more importantly the Australian public supporting these designers in establishing their brands.  Their secret: both these labels have focused on their craft, a niche audience and offered a unique point of difference.  Listen up and take note!

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