Saturday, November 14, 2015
BOOTS: FEIT Semi-Cordovan 8-Eye Lace Up Boot/ Wale x VILLA x Timberland 6" Boot "The Gift Box"/ Ronnie Fieg x Fracap RF120 Hiking Boots/ visvim 2015 Fall/Winter 7-HOLE 73-FOLK (VEGGIE)/ Vibram Sole Factor Replaces Your Soles With a Color of Your Choosing
Known for its handmade designs, classic silhouettes, and minimalist leanings, FEIT presents its latest piece: the Semi Cordovan 8-Eye Lace Up Boot. Boasting semi-cordovan leather construction (which is typically reserved for high-end dress shoes), the boots come built atop a double-stitched Goodyear L-shaped welt for durability and feature details like a felt-lined interior, matching collar, bamboo shank, buffalo and cork insoles and rugged Vibram outsoles.
Available in oxblood and black and limited to 64 and 80 pairs, respectively, the Semi-Cordovan 8-Eye Lace Up Boot is available now directly from FEIT for $760 USD.
Philadelphia-based VILLA has once again teamed up with Grammy-nominated rapper Wale, this time to curate a special edition version of the Timberland 6-Inch Boot. The second release in the partnership between Wale and VILLA is dubbed “The Gift Box,” and is inspired by the holiday season and the unconditional exchange of gift-giving. The exclusive “Gift Box” 6-Inch Boot is constructed with a premium tide pool blue rich nubuck upper featuring a contrasting vivid gum outsole. Additional details can be found on the eyelets which come dipped in a vibrant splash of gold. Each men’s pair is packaged in a special edition co-branded Timberland and VILLA box and pre-packed with a plush cloth gift bag.
“The Gift Box” 6-Inch Boot curated by Wale and VILLA will be available in men’s ($200 USD), grade-school ($130 USD) and toddler sizes ($85 USD). The shoe will be sold at select VILLA locations nationwide and online at www.ruvilla.com on November 24.
KITH’s “Ops” collection and the debut of the Filling Pieces RF-Mid II aren’t the only things Ronnie Fieg has in store for the weekend. Coinciding with the two drops is another collaborative endeavor from the designer and KITH founder: his very own Fracap boots. A take on Fracap’s staple M120, the RF120 makes a couple of subtle-yet-significant changes to the hiking boot. Built atop a Vibram Flex sole unit, the boots see the addition of a guardalo welt — an old school, scalloped design that shields the inside of the boot from the outside elements — for added protection while the upper has been crafted in smooth Italian leather with genuine shearling lining. Finishing touches include everything from a gusseted tongue and metal D-ring eyelets and grommets to marled laces and Fieg branding along the tongue.
Offered in both cream and tan colorways, the RF120s will be available from both KITH locations and KITH’s own web store for $275 USD per pair this Saturday, November 14 — the day after both the “Ops” collection and RF-Mid II see a release.
Hiroki Nakamura has dropped yet another collection of 7-HOLE 73-FOLK boots for Fall/Winter 2015, this time sourcing leather from Chicago’s Horween for the latest designs. Combining vegetable-tanned cow leather from Horween with Japanese kersey cloth, the latest takes on the 7-HOLE 73-FOLK once again feature replaceable Vibram outsoles and sport Goodyear welt construction along with medial Swiss RiRi zippers. Available in black, dark brown, and burgundy, visvim’s 7-HOLE 73-FOLK (VEGGIE) is available in stores and online now for ¥88,000 JPY (approximately $714 USD) per pair.
Since its founding in 1937, Vibram has made a name for itself in producing some of the most durable rubber soles in the market. Now, in the age of customization, the brand is updating its roster for the times with Vibram Sole Factor, a program that allows customers to mail any pair of shoes to the company to be upgraded with new soles. Even better, Sole Factor allows the customer a wide variety of color options to make their shoes one of a kind, be it a heavy duty hiking outsole welted to your dress shoes, or the addition of a camo pattern to jazz up your desert boots. Currently available only within the U.S., resoling rates begin at $75 USD per pair.