Admit it, you could use a new pair of shoes. Hell, you probably could use two, if you're being really honest with yourself. See, believe it or not, you piddled away your summer—as always—and now fall is looking down at you, waiting to embrace you in its icy grip. So there's that.
But then there's the fact that, well, not one but two brands just so happen to be releasing new styles, one that errs on the sign of traditionalism and formality and one that is a bit looser and laid back. So, no matter who you are, there's probably a hole in your selection of footwear and now is the time to fill it.
Let's start with the more upstanding selection, a partnership between Club Monaco and the venerable cobblers at Allen Edmonds. The collection offers up a healthy dose of styles you'll be familiar with— the loafer, the cap toe, the double monk, and the wingtip among them— all made with the exacting attention detail that Allen Edmonds has deployed since it was first founded in Wisconsin in 1922. Those of you who like your shoes well-crafted and your style conservative, take note.
Greats X Orley, available in spring 2015
Then there's the more wayward of you out there. The rebels, as it were. Don't feel left out. Brooklyn-based sneaker line Greats (because, you know … Brooklyn) has partnered with the up-and-coming label Orley for four styles of lace-up sneakers in muted colors, but with Orley's signature focus on rich materials (think Italian suede, twill, and canvas) that will be available next spring. In other news, Greats just poached Salehe Bembury away from Cole Haan and added him to its team as director of footwear design. Bembury's debut and the Orley collab is still a few months off—but you've got the the Club Monaco goods to tide you over until then.
—Details senior online editor Max Berlinger
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