Guidi Cordovan Cont Boots
£873 via LN-CC
Guidi provides their take on the hiking boot, adding luxe horse leather on the upper and placing it on a Vibram sole. These shoes are carefully crafted and will break necks in person. The details include lightly rusted eyelets on the laces and a padded leather section at the back of the boot. Owning these boots will open up so many styling possibilities and I would recommend these as a great gateway drug into the Guidi brand. At over £800 these boots are by no means cheap but they are worth any penny to a discerning menswear connoisseur.
Diemme Roccia Vet Vesuvio Suede Deep Hiking Boot
£295USD via Haven
Monochrome in color and an easy addition to any wardrobe these made in Italy hiking boots exemplify the combination of Diemme’s heritage with modern convenience. Buttery black suede atop alightweight sole that uses Italian-made grey middle sole in tandem with a Vibram Lisk bottom sheet. Great ankle support and padded internally for your pleasure these are sure to see plenty of wear this winter.
Ann Demeulemeester Scamosciato AW12 Engineer Boots in Black
$538 via LN-CC
Ann D always comes correct in the footwear department and these Engineer boots are no exception. Made from black suede and featuring a reinforced heel panel, these fasten along the front upper with a black metal zip. Stacked wooden lower with a black rubber composite sole provide the base for this boot.
Cash CA x Trickers Padded Top Derby Boot in Navy/Tan
81,000 yen via Heather Grey Wall
A match that was destined to happen, the good folks at outerwear experts Cash CA collaborate with UK-based trickers to execute this beautiful Derby Boot. The Derby Boot really hit it’s stride in 2012 with everyone putting out their own iteration , in my eyes though this is one of the top models to come out all year. The tan really works against the navy suede and even the laces compliment the boot perfectly.
Ann Demeulemeester Black & Cognac Leather Ankle Boots $538CND via SSENSE
Ankle high pebbled leather boots with a side zip, ankle strap and cognac trim at the collar. The spark of color adds a luxe feel to this pair. These boots should last you years with proper care and can be work with anything from camel coats to leather riders. Snag these on heavy discount while you still can.
Undercover J6FO3 8-Hole Worker Boot
$815USD via Haven
Jun Takahashi puts his touch on this Worker Boot adding a front zipper and tonal side navy suede panel to go with the black leather upper. A perfect shape to wear with jeans or cropped pants this boots are incognito enough to wear daily but have enough details to never be boring. Heavy duty metal hardware accents the militaristic lacing of this boot.
I feel fortunate to know some of the most stylish people in New York and I will be showcasing their wardrobes and outfits in a series of Style Portraits.
The very first Style Portrait is with ‘Mr.Junior Watanabe’ himself Scott M. I have known Scott for almost three years now and in that time I have seen him make great strides in his personal style. Besides owning more Junya than anyone else I know he has really come into his own amassing a coherent and versatile wardrobe that crosses all four seasons. I asked him to comment on some of his favorite looks and pieces below.
This is probably my favorite outfit, I love the way the Noragi compliments the down shirt as a layering piece. The color palette is perfect, and it certainly catches some eyes when I wear it.
This jacket is my most recent acquisition from Japanese brand Undercover, and has been sought after by me for some time in my size and color. I love how it plays well as a technical and casual piece but was easy enough to dress up with a tweed blazer underneath.
I like to keep the pants on the plain side when I wear this jacket since it’s pattern is so overwhelming, but love adding textural accents to break up what could risk being a safe look. The mixture of striped oxford with herringbone, with camouflage is a great way to keep it interesting.
For lighterweight outfits I generally like to go for an almost classic look of a navy jacket and washed out denim, but like the twist of textures with this blazer. The jacket’s fabric and collar detail paired with camouflage lined denim is a nice way for me to break up what would risk being a common look.
Junya Watanabe Boots FW09
These are my most prized possession, if my apartment ever burned to the ground…. they’d already be on my feet. I’ve worn them most days I can remember and they sum up my ideal shoe in every way. Each stain, wrinkle and knick has a story to it.
A Bathing Ape (BAPE) Manhunts
These were a piece I saw back in 09 or so and couldn’t get off my mind, and through a lucky ebay search I came upon them for a ludicrous price. The ripple sole on a Wally silhouette is just the perfect amount of uniqueness to a staple shoe.
Trickers Boots w/ custom laces
I actually have a very strong aversion to Leather shoes and prefer suede day in day out, but these just sort of clicked. The cap toe and brogue combo is a nice change of pace from a longwing, shortwing, etc.
Many people have seen these from Visvim and dropped their jaw at the $1,500 price, as did I. This is the original piece that it was based on, and is around 200 years old. This probably is the most unique piece that I own, rich indigo dye and beautiful texture.
White Mountaineering Vest
This piece is my dream winter outerwear, it’s the most versatile piece I own. It has a goretex liner so it’s great for snow, down filled, and looks amazing with a blazer underneath.
Junya Watanabe Red Down Shirt
This piece would be on my back as well in the burning house scenario, there is no jacket that has captivated me or kept me entertained, and I get bored quickly. It’s a great piece because you can layer under it, use it as an inner layer, and it has such a radiant color.
Junya Watanabe Reversible Hunting jacket
This was my first reversible piece from Junya, which is one of his signature concepts. The weave of the fabric is very dense, and it crosses a great border between hunting wear and tailored wear.
Junya Watanabe SS10 Navy Gingham Blazer
This piece was my first Spring summer Junya weight piece, and I don’t know if I even have any other spring jackets besides this, I don’t really need another one. The fabric is a wild blend of Nylon and Cotton so it has a coarse texture without being heavy.
Junya Watanabe Camo FW09 Jacket
This was my second favorite piece from the runway from f/w 09 and something I hunted for forever. It randomly popped up in my size at the right time, and to this day is one of my wilder pieces I own, the pattern is insane in person.
Screenprinted Junya Watanabe Levi’s
These are actually nuts in person, they’re a cotton twill that is feather light, but have a pair of levis screenprinted on them off-kilter, Junya has done this treatment a couple of times.
Camo Junya Watanabe Levi’s
The jeans have perfect wash and a great fit for me, the skewed pockets are an awesome detail, and I love the cuff lining.
Junya Watanabe Leather Pocket Jeans
These pants were the very first Junya item I bought, back on December 4th 2009, they mean more to me than any other trouser I own and just hold that special place.
All photography by Rocky Li
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