How to Make Your Winter Style Iconic

 

Winter footwear should be sturdy and functional, but it doesn’t need to be unsightly. Sergio Rossi has unveiled a lust-worthy line of classic silhouettes with edgy new features that allow wearers to achieve a high-fashion look without sacrificing comfort and elegance throughout the changing seasons.

For the Winter 2017-18 collection, Sergio Rossi writes the next chapter in its journey to rediscover the true essence of the brand, focusing on its DNA, expert craftsmanship and know-how. The inspirational starting point is interior design: Structured and hypnotic geometries evoke architectural patterns where polychrome resins and marbles turn into a multi-color inlay of leather and suede. The result is an “interior-walk,” a handmade couture merging interior décor with footwear.

sr1, the collection that marked a new beginning in the history of the brand, is once again center stage, with precise and clean lines for a seasonless collection. The emblematic leather tongue and its personalized silver plate (the distinctive decoration placed on each creation in the collection) are found not only on slippers and the sabot but also on booties, over-the-knee boots and ankle-strap moccasins.

 

  • The sr1 slipper, with its emblematic tongue and distinctive metallic plate, is the stand-out design this winter -- a new aesthetic of comfort and elegance.
  • The sr1 pump, the must-have shoe silhouette, debuts for the first time with a pointed toe, a tribute to a historic archive piece inspired by the boldness of ‘90s supermodels. The flawless, pointy pumps are a versatile and flattering choice for all femininity and effortless appeal. Available in both neutral and bright tones, they're a wardrobe staple.
  • Complete your look with ultra-modern, dynamic, chic footwear that bridges the gap between style and functionality. sr1 calfskin sneakers feature distinctive metal plates for a street-chic look, and a ladylike heel for an upscale feel.
  • Versatile and comfortable forms are the product of classical lines with character details and an ultra-feminine fit. With a variety of classic colors and sophisticated winter tones to choose from, you can choose the perfect pair for you this fall.
  • The multi-color inlay was entirely created by hand using a multitude of laser-cut leather tiles. The geometric pattern of the sr1 Inlay bootie is made of 150 unique hand-applied pieces, requiring more than 18 hours of work. A masterpiece.
  • These instantly crush-worthy studs put a twist on classic silhouettes to create a look with edgy detail. Add a sophisticated aspect to must-have styles, like ankle boots, slippers or pochettes, for a rocking appeal that amps up the glam of nearly any look.
  • Choose from a special selection of materials, colors and accessories to personalize your exclusive pair of sr1 slippers. The sophisticated daywear slipper is the signature model from the sr1 line, with a square toe and embellished tongue complete with the iconic Sergio Rossi plate for added elegance. Find the combination that perfectly conveys your style, and create a pair that will become the symbol of your unique taste.

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Kick and Play: Shoes. Party. Go.

Lately, I’ve heard many people talk about the struggle to find the perfect boot – the pair that you can throw on with anything and trust it to look and feel good. Sometimes one pair of boots only works with jeans and not your work pants, and vice versa. Meet the pairs that change all that.

THE KICKS:

Wodehouse Chukka by Timberland (to the left)

A brand known for work shoes and a plain look, Timberland introduced the Wodehouse collection a few years ago, and now it lives in its own realm of personal style and function. You get that same lifetime comfort with these Timbs, but look so damn good doing it.

Wodehouse’s super-comfy Chukka boots are a slightly pointed pair with wax-coated laces. They’re built as a mid-top so you can tuck your jeans in for a refined look, or let them hang for that brilliantly messy feel. Blazer, t-shirt, oxford – who cares. They all work.

Available in both black and brown, no pair is the same, since the shoes are hand-finished, full-grain leather with a worn-in aesthetic. That being said, the more you wear them, the better they’ll look. And most importantly, it’ll be your own unique fit. Nobody else’s. Available for $295 at Nordstrom.

Not loud enough? Let’s get wild.

LunarGrand Chukkah by Cole Haan

LunarGrand Chukkah by Cole Haan

For those who want something a little brighter, Cole Haan has taken their partnership with Nike to a new level by recently borrowing their Lunarlon sole technology and beautifully blending it with their very own chukka boot.

Dressed in a soft black suede with a volt (neon yellow) sole, this shoe is definitely a stunner. It’s a pair that you can wear for hours on hours and not have sore feet. With the LunarGrand, you get a great mix of casual aesthetic with traditional feel.

Also available in camel/red, grey/pink and woodbury/orange. Works great on jeans, but get bold with dark chinos. Available for $228, everywhere and here.

THE PLAY:

Smitten Ice Cream, San Francisco, CA

Hey, ice cream is good. But when you taste it at its freshest point, it just might be the best thing ever. No better way to say it, Smitten prides themselves on re-imagining the ice cream experience. Each order is made fresh, and is created from absolutely raw, organic ingredients and liquid nitrogren. Yes, liquid nitrogren. Why? Because it makes the smoothest, freshest ice cream you will have ever had, literally.

Gjelina, Los Angeles, CA 

A staple in the Venice community, the creative fusion-Mediterranean restaurant is perfect for the foodie. Seasonal menus, beautiful people, and all types of energy are here. Hey, it’s LA, right? Atypical from the typical Los Angeles characteristic, the menu is meant for sharing, so the more you order, the better you eat. Known for eclectic array of pizzas, but so good for their grilled goods like corn, shisito peppers, and carrots, Gjelina gives you great food, the LA culture and, likely, a good story. Rock your boots to brunch or dinner, just don’t ask for substitutions.

Momofuku Milk Bar and Bakery, New York, NY

Let’s call 2013 the year of the cookie. And ice cream. And pie. Is that too much? Momofuku is that creative baker-friend you always wanted. Remember sipping on that bowl of cereal milk after you finished your Cheerios? That’s the milk Momofuku uses to create their fantastic soft serve. If ice cream is too cold, try their famous Compost cookie, made of chocolate, butterscotch chips, oats, graham crackers, coffee, and potato chips. It’s one hell of a cookie. And then…the ultimate dessert – the crack pie, full of butter, cream, brown sugar, more sugar, and corn flavoring to give your palette a hit of salty and sweet. As Momofuku pastry chef Christina Tosi is known for saying, it tastes better “with your favorite someone.”

Walk fresh. Eat right. Be well. 

Most Wanted: Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem Hiking Boot

All hail Nicholas Kirkwood. For Fall 2010, the mega-talented shoe designer turned out another hit collaboration—this time with Erdem, the exciting London line backed by Erdem Moralioglu. With Kirkwood’s knack for designing out-of-the-box footwear and Erdem’s signature 3D psychedelic prints, it’s no surprise that this meeting of the minds produced a boot that doubles as a work of art.

I love that they stayed true to the classic hiking boot style, with padded ankle support, a ridged rubber sole, and round-toe cap, but added smart touches like antiqued hardware and bright laces. And the silk “flutter” fabric completely seals the deal. I mean, who wouldn’t want to upholster her entire wardrobe in this rad print? Buy the boots here.

Nike Wages Non-Metaphorical Shoe War

As if it weren’t enough to dominate the sports world, Nike is setting its sights on war. Why? Because war is big business — Nike and the US Military collaborated on specially-designed boots for the United States Special Forces. The lightweight boots sport the Nike Free sole, which is nice and grippy. Then there’s the added bonus of extra-long boot laces which, in a pinch, can serve as makeshift tourniquets. The boots look soft and squishy (and ugly). They’re not the old-style steel-toed shit-kickers, but they’re probably comfy and quiet for optimal scoping out of evildoers. “I would not say these are the best for kicking teeth in,” comments the Weekly Drop. “But as far as light and keeping the sand and camel spiders out they are top shelf.”