Something strange has happened in men’s fashion over the last few seasons. Invariably as much, if not more, attention is being paid to what’s happening below the ankle as above it. Men’s footwear has moved on up. It has become artisan, directional, and covetable. As much copy is spent analysing Raf’s latest footwear as the cut of his trousers, and Prada’s men‘s shoes are as eagerly anticipated as its apparel.
Retailers have been quick to cash in on this burgeoning business. Selfridges in London opened their 15,000 square foot men’s shoe department last November. Offering over 250 brands, the impressively imposing space is billed as the largest of its kind in the world.
Next out of the gates is British Accessory Designer of the Year and British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner Nicholas Kirkwood. Handcrafted in Italy from the highest grade materials and innovative fabrics and finishes, the collection comprises 6 styles across 21 variations.