Remember when we asked male Philly Mag staffers to weigh in on their favorite goods from the Barneys Warehouse Clearance sale? Well, after the post, the men all agreed that the best pick went to design director Michael Wilson, who called out an awesome pair of wingtip lace-up boots.
But, much to the chagrin of some staffers, the boots quickly sold out (c’mon, they were marked down to $119.60 from $660). So this week’s fashion roundup was a no-brainer: 11 pairs of stylish men’s boots that are also on sale. A word to the wise: These steep markdowns will move quickly; get your trigger finger (and credit card) ready.
Psst: If you’re worried about salt stains, consult this tutorial for removing white marks and keeping your boots pristine.
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Like a giant sparkly necklace or a fun printed coat, one accessory or clothing item can make an outfit. That’s why your requisite winter look of sweaters and jeans needs to be introduced to the statement bootie. Comfy and easy to slip on, the bold boot doesn’t need to be bright or gaudy to make a splash. Instead, opt for interesting textures (like tufts of fur!), embellishments or a play on classic neutrals (like tortoiseshell and bronze). Getting dressed doesn’t get much easier than this.
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So. Many. Shoes.
Another week into January and the sales have intensified, meaning this is the ideal time to invest in shoes that are one or all of the following: practical (we’ve got some low-heeled, wear-everywhere knee-high boots for you), fantastical (that would be those blue-and-orange lace-ups), futuristic (metallic lizard boots!), sexy (hello, black pointed-toe booties), sweet (check out that be-poufed suede pair) or downright cool (Chloé’s Susanna flats will always be in style).
Here are 11 of the most drool-worthy pairs out there—on sale!—right now. Snag ‘em soon; they won’t last long. You’re welcome.
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Where soles are saved. |Photo via Google Maps.
Bad news for the Philadelphians who’ve relied on Superior Shoe Repair to fix their fanciest footwear: the shop is closing its doors at the end of the month.
Owner Won Song confirmed this afternoon that he would be closing up shop on December 31st. He told me over the phone that the building (1501-1505 Walnut Street) has been sold and all existing businesses were given two months’ notice to vacate. The building was bought by PREIT (who, it should be noted, also own the Club Monaco property located just next door).
Get details on a new location here.
First Penn, then shoes, then Gisele wearing your shoes. | Image via Stuart Weitzman.
Yesterday, the Daily Pennsylvanian, UPenn’s student newspaper, ran a piece about Stuart Weitzman, the shoe guru who turned a family shoe company into a $300 million business. The story mentioned things many fashion-savvy people know—Beyoncé wears his shoes on stage, Kate Middleton wears his wedges every other day. But there was one fact that stood out: Stuart Weitzman went to Penn?!
How did we not know this?
Sneakers are a guy’s trusty footwear standby. From high tops to Pendleton plaids to angora (seriously), men can freely toss their Converse for one these surprisingly stylish—yet totally accessible—kicks. But guys, be careful. Once you start, you might not stop (see: Maurice Edu).
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It’s sort of like shoe snowflakes. | Photos courtesy J.Crew.
J.Crew—maker of ballet flats worn by all—has sprinkled even more quirkiness into its collection with the help of British shoe designer Sophia Webster. (You might remember her name from my post about these insanely awesome winged superhero shoes.)
The holiday collaboration launched just last week, and it’s pretty much every party shoe you could ever want.
Tassels! Metallic! Glitter!
As far as we’re concerned, ankle booties are the most functional footwear of fall—warm and versatile enough to carry you through Sorel weather. And, there’s a fitting pair for nearly every setting. The office? Errands? Date night? Check, check, and check. Plus, any shoe that keeps your ankle secure and strapped in is a safe bet in our book. Ankle booties, we bow at your throne.
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I buy expensive shoes in entirely the wrong way. Instead of investing in proper, wear-forever classics like black Louboutin pumps or ever-chic Chanel flats, I throw caution to the wind and splurge on shoes with poofs of fur, or hearts all over them, or impossibly high gilded wedge heels. When it comes to buying high-end shoes, for me, the more impractical and fantastical, the better. (I repeat: This is not the smartest way to go about stocking your shoe closet.)
I suppose this is why I’m so drawn to Sophia Webster‘s offbeat collection. The London-based designer dreams up shoes with crazy color combinations, pom-poms, tassels, dizzying patterns—and, now, wings.
It’s like Roman gladiator gone glam.
Pedro Garcia shoes. | Photos via Pedro Garcia.
Shoppist tip: Offer to pick up coffee for the office, and head to Joan Shepp now. Shoe designer Pedro García is there hosting a clinic on his shoes, and showcasing samples from his spring collection.
The details: He’s there from 9:30am on, at Shepp’s location at 1811 Chestnut Street.