Travis Gumbs: Who said men cant wear slip-ons? During these summer days I’ve opted for a pair of espadrilles undeniably more than any of my many shoes; most of which stay trapped in my closet failing to see this season’s daylight. Perhaps it’s the sheer simplicity that compliments almost any outfit, adding a clean, cool, laid-back feel. There is no question that France and Spain are home to some of the most stylish individuals. With that being said, its easy to see why espadrilles have been quite popular across the pond for some time now. Espadrilles are viewed by many men in the U.S. as “too feminine”, this summer however I’m seeing more and more men harvesting the courage to struct confidently in these badboys.
The espadrille, a canvas sandal with a flexible rope bottom was popularized by the french during the 19th century. This hand crafted shoe was often constructed in the village streets with the alpargateros (espadrille maker) creating the rope sole while the seamstresses sewed the fabric at the bands. Espadrilles are certainly not made to last, they are a preferred shoe by many in the spring and summer months because the sole forms itself to the shape of one’s foot and allows it to breath.
Fit Details: Uniqlo oxford shirt, Save Khaki corduroy shorts, Soludos espadrilles – click for variety.
I choose a pretty basic outfit to display the cool, simple summertime look that is often accommodated by espadrilles. I got my blue/white Soludos espadrilles from Steven Alan at a very reasonable price tag of $28. When buying espadrilles it is very important to size down a full size. The canvas will stretch out quite a bit.
The neckerchief is inspired by Ouigi Theodore (The Bearded Man) of BKc, someone whom one can always turn to for some new stylistic ideas.
Meet Adam Rogers, designer, friend and all out stylish bloke. I especially wanted to feature this London native in this post because he has a knack for implementing his personal style through the simplest of getups. From his T-shirt to his self-made loose fitting shorts, a combination that can easily come across as sloppy and apathetic on others. Its a real skill to wear such a simple outfit and show such a dynamic sense of style. Of course there is much more to his look thats goes deeper than the shirt and pant; his hair, sunglasses, jewelry, bag and of course shoes all work in perfect coherence.
Location: “The South Street Seaport is a historic area in the New York City borough of Manhattan, located where Fulton Street meets the East River, and adjacent to the Financial District. The Seaport is a designated historic district, distinct from the neighboring Financial District. It features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, and includes the largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings in the city. This includes renovated original mercantile buildings, renovated sailing ships, the former Fulton Fish Market, and modern tourist malls featuring food, shopping and nightlife, with a view of theBrooklyn Bridge. At the entrance to the Seaport is the Titanic Memorial lighthouse.”
Picture of alpargatero and seamstress.