Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Mens Shoes Showcase - Shofolk, Grenson, Trickers, Sperry

There comes in a point in the life of a man of a certain age - you want to graduate from wearing trainers all the time into something perhaps a little smarter. There is always one crucial caveat - you do not want to look like your dad! Luckily, there are a few shoe brands out there that will enable you to complete this transition in style.


This is the shoe range from Folk clothing - the London label set up in 2001. You can read all about the genisis of the brand on their website. What i love about Shofolk shoes are the classic, clean lines, relaxed fits and classy colour schemes. Prices start at around £120.

Shofolk Alaric

Folk Clothing SS10 from Folk Clothing on Vimeo.

Grenson Shoes have a history stretching back to the early 1800s when they were set up by one William Green. The company survived and grew through the years and generations and fascinatingly Grenson became the first brand name ever to register in the UK. Interesting history aside, Grenson ultimately continue produce an excellent range of shoes, the most famous of which are their brogues which are available in a wide range of fabrics and colours.

Like Grenson, Trickers are a long established brand whose quality continues to shine through. They are now a firmly established fashion favourite for a new generation.

In 1935 Paul Sperry took inspiration from his dogs athletic abilites (his dimpled paws, if you don't believe me read the PDF below) to create what would become the original deck shoes, the Sperry Topsider.

So, for all the men out there there is no reason to be alarmed. As you can see there are plenty of options for 'maturing' your footwear collection without turning into your old man. If anyone has any other brands that they feel could match this criteria let us know.