Men’s footwear brands tapped into heritage looks, nautical influences and sports styling
The traditional deck shoe continues to form the basis of nautical brand Sperry Top-Sider’s offer, but for spring 12 a range of fabrics have been introduced such as suede in lime green and turquoise. The most fashion-forward style is the Spinnaker, which comes in two colour combos – red, white and blue, or green, orange and white.
Prices: £22 to £54
Contact: 07506 707771
The footwear offer from Bench has moved away from the sportswear-inspired styles of the past three seasons to take a more directional stance, as seen on its peacock blue Bryden style, which features a tan and white trim. White soles are used on many styles and the branding is toned down. Shirting fabrics from Bench’s clothing collection are used on some linings and trims.
Prices: £15.91 to £38.64
Contact: 0161 276 3900
New for spring 12 at CAT Footwear is the Code range, where leather or suede uppers are combined with white soles on trainers. Other styles include a trainer with a hiking boot twist. CAT continues to produce workwear boots in its mainline, which come in lighter colours and fabrics such as pale-coloured suedes.
Prices: £31.50 to £65
Contact: 020 7860 0100
New for spring 12, Björn Borg footwear is split into three different collections: the heritage-inspired signature Centre Court range, the sports-inspired mainline and the fashion-led, off-court range Originals. Flip-flops are also on offer to complement the brand’s swimwear range.
Prices: £8.25 to £45.50
Contact: 020 7637 1395
Camel Active has added two espadrille-inspired pump styles for spring 12 – one with laces and one without – in either olive green, light brown, blue or grey. White soles are used on many styles. The brand’s staple Chelsea boot comes in a range of light-coloured suedes, including a light brown.
Prices: £27.10 to £48.85
Contact: 01642 677222
All the styles at Dude have a blown rubber EVA outsole and a memory foam insole. The range includes deck shoes, wallaby boots and brogues. The casual brand has expanded its offer with the introduction of formal brogues. The rubber outsole and canvas and suede upper mean the style is lighter in weight than traditional brogues.
Prices: £15 to £30
Contact: 01202 749440