The Slider has Gone Designer

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Who would have thought that “sliders” aka the Adidas slip-on sandals that I would change into after every soccer game/practice session would become the muse of almost every high end designer and this summers must have poolside shoe.

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Versace

  • Palazzo line
  • Medusa Head emblem
  • Slip-on
  • Open-toe
  • 100% PVC
  • Made in Italy

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Givenchy

  • Rubber slip-on sandals
  • Black
  • Embossed logo in grey at quarter strap
  • Round open toe
  • Logo detailing at outer heel
  • Made in Italy.

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Gucci

  • Black, rubber
  • Open toe
  • Beige and ebony GG and black Caleido-print wide-toe strap
  • Logo-embossed midsole detail
  • Slip on
  • Black rubber sole
  • Country of origin: Italy

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Valentino

  • Tonal-green and black camouflage-print, embossed rubber
  • Open toe
  • Wide-front strap
  • Black grained leather-effect rubber moulded insole
  • Black camouflage-print engraved rubber sole
  • Slip
  • Country of origin: Italy

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Marcelo Barlon

  • Black, rubber
  • Open toe
  • White designer logo embossed wide-front strap
  • Black rubber moulded sole
  • Black rubber sole
  • Slip on
  • Country of origin: Italy

 

 

 

 

Buscemi 100mm: Review

 

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I don’t know what it is.. but within the last couple of years I have developed this awkward obsession with high top sneakers. Needless to say when I first saw the iconic Buscemi 100mm shoe I was done… I knew that I needed to add these puppies to my collection.

Buscemi is an extremely new luxury brand; having just launched its first collection in 2013.   Whenever a brand is new.. I’m always a little bit leery.. especially when the price point is high. I was also a little concerned since I had heard that Buscemi recently changed manufacturers and they were experiencing various issues with their keys/padlocks breaking. Taking this into consideration I ended up buying my Buscemi’s from a Neiman Marcus in Atlanta (while I was traveling). When I got home I tested the key and padlock on each shoe… sure enough one of the keys broke. TJ21-buscemi-100mm-review-white-hightops-2.jpg

As you can see the top key is the one that broke and the bottom key is the one that is still intact. To be really honest.. I understand the padlock on these shoes are just for show but these keys are kind of a joke.. especially given the price point of this label. On a side note.. I am not a fan of how the ends of the leather pieces that hold each key were finished. You can see the frayed parts of the thread just hanging out all over the place.. again for what you pay I would expect the product to be more polished.

I immediately contacted Buscemi’s customer service about the broken key. It took them a couple days to get back to me. They didn’t have any white padlocks/keys in inventory so they ended up sending me a replacement pair in gold.

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I put both padlocks and keys from each set next to each other so you can compare and contrast between the two. The new padlock and key set are 100 times better then what my shoes originally came with. Even though I really loved the white on white on white look lol.. I will say that having the padlock in gold really makes them stand out.

IN CONClUSION 

If you are considering purchasing a pair of Buscemi’s I would definitely still recommend them. The incident with the faulty padlocks/keys in my opinion was one of those extemporaneous situations and I don’t believe that it was purposeful negligence on Buscemi’s side of things. Sometimes these things happen especially when a company is new and is growing/expanding. What’s important to me is that their customer service handled the situation well by quickly and professionally resolving it. Also it appears as though they are consistently looking for ways to improve the quality/design of their shoes… but only time will truly tell.

With any purchase (especially on those luxury products with a higher price tag..) I would always advise reading multiple reviews so you can know what too expect and find out if there are any major issues worth noting before taking the plunge and purchasing the product. Also always look over clothes, shoes, or accessories before buying them to make sure that there are no no visible flaws.

BUSCEMI 100MM IN WHITE

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This is what the shoes looked like when I first bought them with the white padlocks. TJ21-buscemi-100mm-review-white-hightops-5.jpg

The dust bag is made out of a stiff cotton linen material and has “Buscemi” embossed in gold on the front of the bag.  TJ21-buscemi-100mm-review-white-hightops-6.jpgTJ21-buscemi-100mm-review-white-hightops-7.jpgTJ21-buscemi-100mm-review-white-hightops-8.jpg

Lastly the above photo shows what the shoes look like with the new gold padlocks.

Casual Friday: A Hint of Mint

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  1. Wool Duffle Coat – LOEWE
  2. Wingtip Collar Bib-Front Shirt – LOEWE
  3. Denim – Dolce & Gabbana
  4. Sneakers – Christian Louboutin
  5. Bow Tie – Lanvin

 

LOEWE

  • Navy, double-faced wool
  • Attached hood, long sleeves, button-fastening cuff straps
  • Navy leather hood and front trimmed edges
  • Patch-front pockets
  • Centre-front toggle and natural rope loop-through fastening
  • Unlined
  • 100% wool.
  • Dry clean
  • Country of origin: Italy

 

 

LOEWE

  • Blue and White Stripes
  • Wingtip collar, long sleeves
  • Button-fastening pleated cuffs
  • Bib-Front Detail
  • Dipped curved hem
  • Centre front-button fastening
  • 100% cotton.
  • Machine wash
  • Country of origin: Italy

 

Dolce & Gabbana

  • Light-blue, stretch cotton-blend denim
  • Mid-rise, slim straight leg
  • Heavy fading, whiskering and distressing
  • Light-brown stitching, silver-tone metal hardware
  • Classic five pockets, belt loops
  • Logo debossed teal-blue leather back pocket patch
  • V-shaped back yoke
  • Centre-front top button and concealed-zip fastening
  • 98% cotton, 2% elastane.
  • Machine wash
  • Country of origin: Italy

 

 

Christian Louboutin

  • Mint Green, leather
  • Round toe, high-top
  • Lace-up front, mint green metal eyelets
  • Heel pull-tab
  • Nude leather lining and insole
  • Mint Green rubber midsole
  • Signature red rubber sole
  • Country of origin: Italy

 

Lanvin

  • Tonal-grey and brown Prince of Wales check, wool
  • Fixed bow
  • Adjustable hook fastening
  • Black silk-twill lining
  • 100% fleece-wool.
  • Dry clean
  • Country of origin: France

 

TJ21: Unboxing/Try On – @Pantherella

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Pantherella is an English brand that has specialized in luxury socks for both men and women since 1937. All of their products are proudly made in Leicester England.

During the warmer months I like to wear shoe liners with my drivers, espadrilles, and even some of my high-tops. I actually found these on Matchesfashion.com and decided to give them a try. They come in three different colors; white, black, and nude.

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I ended up choosing just the black and the nude pairs. I didn’t go with the white simply because the struggle is real with the maintenance of white socks.

These socks are definitely more on the expensive side of the spectrum when compared to other options in the market. Each pair retails for $12.00 (USD). They are 100% worth it, after trying them on and wearing them out I can honestly say that at this point in the game these are by far my favorite pairs of shoe liners. These are the only no-show socks that I own that actually stay on my feet without me having to readjust them throughout the day. They fit comfortably on my feet and they are made out of a lightweight breathable Egyptian cotton blend. Like most shoe-liners they have a built in heel grip. The heel grip is effective and doesn’t add bulk to the actual heel of the sock. If that wasn’t enough to win you over.. these socks are treated with an antibacterial finish to them. Whoever was in charge of designing these socks did an amazingly thorough job. I will definitely be purchasing more in the future. Below I will leave you with the links for these socks:

MatchesFashion.com

Pantherella | Nude Pair

Pantherella | Black Pair

Pantherella | White Pair

Pantherella.com

Footlet Socks

TJ21: Dsquared2 – Satellite High Tops

I recently bought a pair of DSQUARED2’s Satellite hightop sneakers. These shoes are a re-occurring style in the DSQUARED2 collection. Each season they introduce them in a new color scheme. Also these sneakers are my very first pair of DSQUARED2 hightops; so I was pretty stoked to add them to my collection.TJ21-dsquared2-sneakers-hightops-satellite-1

The shoebox is pretty simple/minimalistic which I really like.

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These shoes did come along with a dustbag for storage/travel.

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I absolutely love the color of these hightops; it’s such a bold choice of blue. These sneakers are made in Italy and they are made out of goat leather. Usually shoes (and pretty much any other accessory/clothing item) that are constructed out of a leather.. are made from cowhide. The main differences between the two leathers are that goat leather is more durable than cowhide and is generally a lighter weighted leather.

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DSQUARED2 is a Canadian label and they often incorporate the maple leaf into their designs. The soles of these shoes are slightly angled in the front so that when you walk it’s more comfortable/ergonomic.

Overall Thoughts:

I have been able to do a significant amount of walking in these shoes since purchasing them. The first couple of times when I wore them they were a bit snug around the front part (toe vamp) of the shoe. However the leather did stretch out so now it’s not a problem. The gold “DSQUARED2” hot stamped on the insoles rubbed off completely within the first couple days of wearing them. Aside from these extremely minor issues these have been one of my favorite pairs of trainers to wear this summer.