Archive for the ‘Footwear’ Category

MakethMan’s New Web Portal

July 22, 2010

MakethMan is now at http://aficionado.co.za/makethman/

Click the above link to join us.

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The Launch of Aficionado

July 6, 2010

One of my early mentors was guy by the name of Craig Ralph.

Not sure what Craig is up to these days, but my time spent with him as a recent graduate trying to figure my way through the corporate structures of retail banking (don’t ask – that’s another world, far, far away from the present), proved to be invaluable. One of the many insights into the human psyche that Craig taught me, was a very simple truth about the way we, as individuals, like to surround ourselves with like-minded people.

People like people who are like themselves“, is what he used say.

The key is figuring out what they want, and giving it to them.”

Sounds like lyrics to a Jimmy Buffett song, but a lesson I have applied in my limited business career, to great effect.

The notion of ‘group think‘ has been around us for years. Chat to my dad and he will tell you about his time as a ‘DuckTail’ in the 60’s: the perfectly tapered trouser legs creating the characteristic ‘stove-pipe’ jeans, immaculately greased-back hair, and one inch rolled sleeves. None of his mates would be seen dead without the tribal dress code or not on the seat of a Norton Commando or Triumph ‘Bonne’.

These types of tribes surround us today. Maybe not to the extent of previous generations. Not as aesthetically prescriptive, or blatantly obvious. It’s more of a ‘mental tribe’ these days. You can be a goth, I can be all EMO, she can be all crafty and into her knitting, and them over there, they can be tragic hipsters. But we can all unite over a common interest, a love, an obsession.

I can say with conviction that I do indeed like people that are like me. You must too – or else you wouldn’t be reading this blog. Further, I have found the badge of a new mental tribe to pin to my parka. And I would like to introduce this tribe to you.

Welcome to Aficionado. www.aficionado.co.za


MakethMan has had the pleasure of being invited to join a group of very like-minded individuals, all experts (and passionately so) in their fields of Fashion, Food and Travel. My list of new friends reads like “Roll Call Of Cool”, and includes bloggers Justine Stafford from I for 1, and food writer Andy Fenner, better known as JamieWho? And the best part about it all, is that this tribe is proudly South African – global content, filtered through local eyes. A huge honour for me, and one I accept with great respect and humble admiration.

So from now on be sure to connect with MakethMan, I for 1 , JamieWho? and the world of Aficionado at www.aficionado.co.za

Thanks for the support, and enjoy the read.

Brad

Converse Range Launch 2010

June 8, 2010

I have been a fan of Converse all my life. As far back as my ‘fashion memory’ goes. Long before I had even thought about the concept of a sneaker collection. Something to do with being brought up on Bowzer & Sha Na Na.

So when CurbCrawler invited me to gatecrash the Connies Range Launch, I hesitated only slightly.

This is what I saw.

Highs included:

1. Lumberjack flannel All Stars

2. Limited run Jon Varvatos in muted, ‘aged’ leather

3. The Converse-Dr. Seuss colabs

4. Dancing Pantsulas – every party needs a few

Lows included:

1. Pitching up in anything that wasn’t a pair of Converse.

2. Getting exposed by the Press Pack Girl

MM: “Can I get one of those (press pack)?”

PPG: ” Are you from the press?”

MM: “Um, yes. I mean, ‘no, not really’. Well, actually yes! Kinda. You see its a blog… but I-“

PPG: “Next!”

http://www.converse.com

Thank David Kramer

May 28, 2010

Growing up as an aspiring, young nu-mod in South Africa was a confusing and challenging task.

On the one hand, Clarke’s Original Desert Boot was a staple of any self-respecting lover of The Jam.

(note: Quadrophenia is my all time favourite film for style.)

One the other, complicated, South African-context hand, you had David Kramer riding his Kermit bicycle around the Karoo in a pair of red vellies, long before the lads from Fokofpolisiekar had made it cool to ‘praat (or scream) the taal’, or Die Antwoord had given New Yorkers deeper insights into their ‘inner zef’.

And so, Vellies, were substituted with Doc Martins. Black, with red laces.

And then slowly, over time, we forgot about Mnr. Kramer, and started discovering the notion of Boer-Chic. And the Desert Boot and The Veldskoen merged, to become one gorgeous union of leather and rubber.

Enter Ninon Louw, Cape Town footwear designer, and her reinterpretation of the classic veldskoen. But this time, in patent black leather with purple stitch detail. Ninon works with a old-school shoemaker to execute her designs. Hand-made, one by one.

You can find her at the Neighbour Goods Market every Saturday , or check out her blog here.

I can hear you chanting now, “Ons is, Ons is, Ons die Mods!”

White (plain), like me.

May 27, 2010

If Santa was a chinese martial art kinda guy, this is what my christmas stocking would be filled with: Feiyue {féyué} : In English Feiyue = Flying forward.

The other day I got a call from Emile at Feiyue. The lads down at ASTORE had put me forward as a possible candidate that may or may not appreciate a pair of crisp, white Feiyue trainers.

Er… Let me think about this for a second?

Oh, go on then. Why not? And so they arrived. All wrapped in tissue, and looking whiter than the front row at a Steve Hofmeyer concert (bad analogy I know, but can you think of anything as white, that doesn’t have to do with a washing powder ad?)

I digress. Today I had a chance to bust out my new kicks. Super-slick, great narrow profile and without doubt, the most comfortable canvas trainers I have worn in a while. Sticking to their roots, the trainers stray little from their original incarnation as a martial art shoe, other than to increase comfort and a few subtle, but rather exquisite details.

What struck me about Emile was his passion for the company. He so loved the shoes, that he searched them out on the web, but only managed to discover a few counterfeit pairs on the market. Taking the matter to the men that count, he managed to secure the brand for our shores. Persistence counts, and Feiyue is now perfectly positioned to become the next ‘big thing’, or ‘must have’, or ‘I want’.

Feiyue, a complete outsider in South African retail terms, and nowhere near as loud as the big three, started out in Shanghai in the 1920’s. Bought out a few years ago by a couple French lads (they sure know how to spot potential), it has steadily grown serious credibility for its unstated cool, retro colour-ways and stripped-down simplicity. Perhaps the best thing about them is their pricing. From around R500 for the standard up to R850 for the leather high tops. And in today’s financial climate, with trainers being on that same endangered list as single-malts, cigars and unnecessary clothing purchases, I think we can all find a way to indulge in a pair or two.

My only question now, is how long can I keep them look as white as … well, you get the picture.

For more on Feiyue (plain) and the extensive range of multicoloured high and lo-tops, click here.

To purchase, drop into Astore on Cape Town’s Kloof St., or buy online here.

Check out the line up in the Astore window on Kloof St.

Adidas Consortium Micropacer Brogues

May 19, 2010

Caught somewhere between ‘Old School Cool’ and even ‘Older’ School sentimentality, Adidas Consortium have served up a very special pair of Micropacers.

Based on the classic Micropacer styling (digital timer included) the Espresso leather kicks have been on limited release, and come complete with a shoe care kit.

Maketh Man thinks these babies will be perfect to dress down a suit (T shirt and cardigan style) and preppy enough to formalise with denim.

Checkout the great outer sole details.

Can’t confirm if the usual suspects like astore will be stocking them, but it is worth dropping past to have a chat to the lads.

CurbCrawler Contribution #3 : Foot Fetish

May 18, 2010

It seems the CurbCrawler has a thing for shoes.

As worn one night on Bree Street.

Mark Ronson Trainers Colab with Gucci

April 23, 2010

Probably one of the coolest men in the music industry, maestro Ronson has collaborated with Gucci on a range on docksider inspired trainers, to be sold exclusively at their pop-up stores.

This video via Fashion 411.