Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:47

Pimp Your Shoes Vibram Sole Factor

Vibram sole Sperry topsidersWho mends their shoes today? What a load of cobblers!

Italian shoe sole brand, Vibram, is a bit like the Pirelli tyres of footwear; often cited and name checked by other shoe brands as a sign of quality. They’ve just opened their own version of Kwik-Fit with the ‘Virbam Sole Factor’. A visit to the cobblers has never really been exciting until now…

Left - My pair of rather sad, but still loved, Sperry Topsider boat shoes before their makeover. The sole had discoloured.

New Vibram sole pimp your shoesSituated on City Road near Old Street Underground station, a previous cobblers has been rebranded as a Vibram resoler.

Right - I went for something that was bold and made the shoes look individual and different

Think of it as upcycling or reinventing rather than repairing an old pair of shoes. A bit like a premiership footballer wrapping their new Bentley, pimp your old, or not so old shoes, with a bold and colourful sole.

Green Vibram sole shoe factor old streetMy pair of two-tone Sperry Topsiders had seen better days. The sole had become slightly discoloured and yellowed, so I thought I’d bring these along to try the new concept. They’re also a fun summer shoe so I thought I’d go bold and opt for lime green with thick treads. I think you want your shoes to look altered and standout for the right reasons.

The shoes came out as well, if not better, than I expected and they, now, feel like something original rather than another sorry pair of shoes languishing at the bottom of the wardrobe. Bring on next summer!

It's time to reinvent. This is Vibram's first 'Sole Factor' in the UK and they aim to roll out the idea across the UK and Europe.

  1. The Vibram Sole Factor experience is available from £60. 

Right - The new chunky Vibram sole has deep treads

Below - The before & after at the Old Street Vibram Sole Factor

Vibram Sole Factor shoe mending

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:46

Hot List The Craig Green X Bjorn Borg Polo

bjorn borg Craig green hot list circle poloIt’s great when a collaboration brings a designer to a new audience or offers something that could easily pass as their mainline at a realistic price. This is true of the new Craig Green X Bjorn Borg collection.

You wouldn't necessarily put these two together. So it was either a case of inspired thinking on behalf of Bjorn Borg or a big, fat cheque! Swedish underwear specialists, Bjorn Borg, has teamed up with British menswear designer, Craig Green, to offer a monochrome collection of 18 unisex pieces in Green’s signature micro quilting.

Most of this stuff could easily past muster alongside some of his catwalk pieces, which probably means he’ll be moving on from these ideas pretty soon.

If you’re a fan of his Asian inspired pieces you won’t go far wrong with getting involved here, especially at these prices. I’ve chosen this polo as it’s slightly more wearable. For those in the know, Green likes a circle, most notable his knitted cutout from a couple of seasons ago, so wear this with in-the-know pride.

Left & Below - Craig Green X Bjorn Borg - Men’s Polo Top Cloud Cream - £75

craig green bjorn borg collab chic geek

Friday, 07 October 2016 11:05

Hot List The Psychedelic Shirt

psychedelic menswear Tom FordPeace and love, what more do we need? Well, a big bank balance looking at the price of this shirt. Tom Ford always knows which bits of the past to mine. While he's a man of the 1970s, this psychedelic shirt brings to mind the Beatles of the 1960s and menswear brands from the time such as Mr Fish.

While this shirt is loud, team it with a navy suit and plain tie and you'll have something that is risk taking and tasteful rather than brash and gaudy. Peace out!

Left - Tom Ford - Floral Print Shirt - £675 from Harrods

Inspired? See the V&A’s 1960s Exhibition - here

Tom Ford menswear harrods psychedelic shirt

Thursday, 06 October 2016 11:12

Knitwear Trend Roll With It

rollneck turtleneck menswear knitwear Tom FordMaybe it’s in homage to the latest Oasis documentary, but the roll-with-it thin-knit roll neck is the default easy menswear knitwear trend of the season. (That was quite a mouthful, or in this case, a neck full).

I'm not sure whether Liam or Noel would do a louche jewel-coloured rollneck with contrasting velvet jacket, but I'm sure they'll agree that it looks pretty good. Go for something fine, maybe a Merino wool or cashmere silk mix, if your budget allows for it. Look for golds, reds, pinks or oatmeal and team with a contrasting jacket like in Tom Ford's latest advertising campaign. This is easy, but cool dressing. Trust me, between now and next summer, you'll reach for the reliable rollneck and it'll leave you feeling supersonic!

Left - Tom Ford - Classic Cashmere Turtleneck - $1290

rollneck John Smedley knitwear men's trendsLeft - John Smedley - Connell Deep Claret - £145

 Below - Hymn - Maximum Roll Neck Burgundy - £50 From John Lewis

red rollneck Hymn John Lewis menswear  

Gucci roll neck trend menswearLeft - Gucci - Cashmere Turtleneck - £485

rollneck River Island trend knitwearLeft - River Island - Light Brown Ribbed Roll Neck Jumper - £25

rollneck pink trends Topman The Chic Geek menswear Left - Topman Premium - Pink Roll Neck Jumper - £35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 06 October 2016 10:47

Splash or Cash? The Pink Sweater

Pink sweater menswear Paul SmithIt's well established, now, that men can wear pink. Kanye loves a bit of pink on men, but that's enough about him.

It's an easy way of saying that you're openminded, up for trying new things and approachable. Who isn't going to like a man in a pink jumper?

Slightly differing shades, but still on the 'baby' spectrum, we have a super-soft cashmere number from Paul Smith or a great value jumper from Topman. Can't decide? Get both!

Left - Paul Smith - Pink Cashmere Sweater - £315

Below - Topman - Dusty Pink Mini Roll Neck Jumper - £25

men's pink sweater topman