Are your Soles Noble?

NobleSole is a Canadian-based shoe company founded by footwear aficionado Patrick Cornish. The philosophy behind the brand is that every man deserves the luxury kicks at affordable prices; luxury sneakers don’t have to cost $500 or more. Although they make several colourways and styles, they excel in their ebony Tudor (midi and low) as seen below. It is clean and classic; modern minimalist. Each pair is handcrafted in limited runs of 15 pairs in Portugal; they are crafted from Italian calf leather – inside and out. And they come in a wooden box – now that’s classy.

IMG_7651 IMG_7638Tudor Low, $199

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Ikea Steps it up with Walter Van Beirendonck

Walter Van Beirendonck is the Belgian-based eccentric menswear designer and member of the famous Antwerp Six (along with  Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee – NB. Martin Margiela was never an official part of this group) is working on a new collaboration with IKEA. Van Beirendonck will create five quirky prints for IKEA, which will be rolled out on a whole collection of interior design objects. Walter says that his textiles are based around a concept he names Wondermooi which is the Flemish word for “beautiful”. The collection is expected to his stores in June 2016.

Pharrell X Adidas

I told you there would be more Stan Smiths before the day was out. The latest comes from Pharrell and his “Jacquard Pack” for adidas which includes two colorways (pink and blue) of the Stan Smith which were inspired by his visits to Marché Saint Pierre in Paris. The shoes feature updated vintage floral patterned jacquard fabrics. This collection is very limited, count ’em: 200 kicks.

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Available at select retailers on May 30.

Stan Smith’s go Metallic

It seems a week doesn’t go by without another re-iteration of the Stan Smith. When will the market get over saturated and bored? It seems like never. The “Mid Summer Metallic” pack features shoes clad in metallics from silver to gold. Too much or not enough?

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Raf for Adidas: Clean, Dirty or Shiny?

Raf Simon is back at it again with adidas for AW2015. This time around he gives us several new incarnations of the ever popular Stan Smith (available in Navy, Neon Yellow, Purple, Green and many more). But I am drawn to the all white, the beat up white and the silver. Would it be wrong to get all three? Hitting stores in July.

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Lacoste gets Cheeky

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As the official outfitters of Roland Garros, Lacoste will be launching a capsule collection to coincide with the 2015 French Open. This year’s collection signals the first time that the delivery will be available outside of the Roland Garros stadium. The collection features multiple pieces for men, women and children including polos, t-shirts, outerwear, leather totes, pouches and bags.
Some pieces are available now, but the full collection drops May 18th.

Big Gay Ice Cream hits Toronto

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Anyone who has spent any amount of time in NYC during the summer has probably succumb to the Big Gay Ice Cream trend. I know I have and it was delicious. But now the boys are taking the show on the road for the release of Big Gay Ice Cream’s debut cookbook, Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Desserts. On Tuesday, May 12th, the boys will be at Lisa Marie for a fun night of Big Gay Bingo!

Tickets are $45 per person, which includes a signed copy of the book and tax (food and drink extra). Tickets available here.

A Bulldog Summer

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I have a fondness for printed shorts and to quench my thirst, I often turn to Orlebar Brown. Check out their latest for Summer 2015. The Bulldog style is a mid length short that hits you a few inches above knee. The perfect length for most men. The style come in a variety of photographic prints, I bet you can’t pick just one pair.

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Men: Inches Do Matter

The Bata Shoe Museum (Toronto, ON) is set to open a new exhibit (May 8, 2015) where inches do matter. The new exhibit, Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, challenges the preconceived notions about who wears heels and why. The show will examine everyone from privileged rulers to hyper-sexualized rock stars and their affinity to heels. This ‘provocative’ exhibition explores the history of men in heels from the early 1600s to today with the promise of unpacking the uses and meanings of heeled footwear in men’s fashion.

Were you aware than men whore heels before women ever did?  “When heels were introduced into fashion at the turn of the 17th century, men were the first to adopt them and they continued wearing heels as expressions of power and prestige for over 130 years,” said Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum. “Even after they fell from men’s fashion in the 1730s, there were pockets of time when heels were reintegrated into the male wardrobe not as a way of challenging masculinity but rather as a means of proclaiming it”.

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The show, which runs until May 2016, features a number of rare examples of men’s heeled footwear from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, mid-nineteenth century military boots, 1930s cowboy boots and 1940s biker boots, visitors will also have the opportunity to view John Lennon’s original 1960s Beatle boot, platforms worn by Elton John in the 1970s, and many more. Maybe it’s time for men to re-embrace heels or at least take the time and go learn about the history of men in heels.

Photos courtesy of the Bata Shoe Museum