Men’s shoes Archive

How Vans became the new Stan Smith trainers

In fashion, ubiquity is usually a sign that a change is about to take place. If so, then Stan Smith trainers could be about to be replaced as the trainer of choice. Surprisingly, their heir apparent are Vans. Surprising, because the trainer is more associated with Avril Lavigne, terrible Nu Metal bands and Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) from Fast Times at Ridgemont High than high …

The sports shoes that helped Muhammad Ali and Serena Williams become champions

The renown of sports shoes long outlives that of the sports stars who made them famous. Sneakers – the ones that stick – become legendary in their own right and leave their first adopters far behind. Who really thinks of Fred Perry when they see a pair of Dunlop Green Flashes – which, incidentally, were much less green when Perry first wore them? Or of …

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At the end of June, Balenciaga held their first ever men’s catwalk show in Paris for spring/summer 2017. It was staged up six flights of stairs on a rooftop in blistering sunshine and with the Eiffel Tower resplendent behind. The first model out wore a camel coat with super-size shoulders and brown leather boots that finished below the knee. They boasted a stacked heel of …

Is dadcore a fashion trend to outlast them all?

Dadcore is inspired by the wardrobe of the man who gave up on fashion when he became a father. Ostensibly its a wardrobe full of practical, comfortable, yet sadly dated clothes, but the concepts behind it and how it has arisen are interesting. Unlike most fashion trends – which are inspired by film, musicians or workwear – the idea of dadcore came from comedy one-liners …

The best mens sportswear for all ages – in pictures

Play fast and loose with your games kit: these sporty looks are about looking as good off the track as on. Milo’s towelling ensemble, part of designer Nasir Mazhar’s 10-piece collection for Topman, has street cred in spades. A tracksuit with loafers (Aaron) has some serious streetstyle points while for purists, Rob’s tennis look works on and off court. Game, set and match. Helen Seamons …

The expensive ‘Italian’ shoes made for a pittance in east European sweatshops

Campaigners claim millions of shoppers are being led to believe the expensive shoes they buy in high-street stores are made in Germany and Italy – when many are actually made by workers on poverty wages in eastern European sweatshops. The scandal is exposed in a damning investigation into the European shoe industry, which details illegal wages and shocking working conditions in factories turning out footwear …