Friday, December 2, 2011

Supermarket Shoes

I have been known to wear dress shoes to just about any occasion, but there is a time and place for sneakers: long walks of food guilt, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, the morning after. Though I wouldn't normally wear sneakers past sundown, I do think that the mark of a well-dressed man is in looking just as fine off-duty as he does suited up. At Whole Foods on a lazy December Saturday, with black upon layered black Comme-Yohji and Comme-Yohji-inspired vintage piled over my sleep clothes, these shoes will be as cozy as they are sharp.

Roc two-eyelet stitch down boot in off-white full grain leather by ohw?

ohw? (pronounced who) is a new label from footwear fanatics Stephen Gill and Hiro Chen launching this line of shoes and boots, with moccasin, hiking, baseball and desert boot influences, all produced in a company-owned factory in Zhuhai, China with sustainable, employee-empowering business practices. It's an interesting proposition, and with business in China booming at a pace quite difficult to keep up with, this seems to be a step in the right direction.

I tend to favor low-tops over high-tops for ease of wear, so I think I'll go for these Hiro single-eyelet stitch down shoes. The cleanliness of the single lace line, the full-grain white leather, the tech rubber sole---grocery day perfection!

photographs via ohw?


Mat said...

i prefer the lower ones too. for me they have a bit of ugly but good thing going on. i do like them though

Bridget said...

You can see more at

angelwynxx said...

I can't see anything wrong with this shoes in fact, I am getting in love with it. I am rarely seeing a man wearing a white shoes even on a formal occasion. If you want, you can check to see more fashionable items especially designed for men.

BuzzerFly said...

I'll buck the trend here... These shoes are just pain ugly. They definitely look like the casual shoes they advertise in the AARP, or VFW magazines targeting the elderly. Why are people so afraid to call a spade a spade?

Izzy said...

Mat and Buzzerfly: ugly-cute or plain ugly, I honestly, sincerely thought these were plain beautiful. but alas, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Bridget said...

Buzzerfly, have a look at the rest of the shoes in the range before you judge - - some great boots and high tops too, and not just in white. Good to see some men's shoe styling that's just plain cool and without any baggage - collabs, heritage, over-designed etc... Izzy's onto it!

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