Archive for the ‘Acquisitions’ Category
A year and a half in, my Viberg 1950 Service Boots are aging very nicely. The Dainite soles have proved to be both durable and practical (NY sidewalks can be slippery and slushy in the wintertime) and the brown harness leather still looks great after taking a beating. As a reminder, here’s what they looked like brand new.
Once summertime rolls around, I put the boots away in the closet and switch over almost exclusively to canvas and suede sneakers. I just don’t feel right trudging around in clunky, heavy footwear in the sweltering weather. For the past few summers, I’ve started on a fresh pair of white Purcells that end up looking (and smelling) haggard by the time September rolls around. As much as I’d like to keep them, I always toss them and move onto another pair the following year. This year I was given these UNDFTD Purcells as a gift and they’ve really grown on me. I’m now wearing them at least three times a week.
At first glance they’re plain old white Purcells, but they’ve got the red and navy accents that mimic the Chuck Taylor and their trademark tally mark logo on the leather pull tabs on the back.
The inside of the sneaker is lined with a lightweight black terry which feels pretty amazing when worn sockless. I’ll be sad to see these go come the Fall.
These American Optical modified sunglasses are one of my favorite arrivals at Self Edge this spring. They’re deadstock AO frames that we had bath dyed black and then bead blasted to give them a matte finish. The original plastic lenses were then replaced with deadstock glass UV-protective lenses – altogether, they make for a really unique and well-built pair of sunglasses. I scooped up a pair for the sunny days ahead.
I got my hands on a pair of the upcoming Self Edge x Leather Soul Alden Boots that are due to release on February 18th. Leather Soul is one of the premier footwear destinations in the world and I’m definitely excited that we had a chance to work with them on this boot, which will be sold exclusively through their Waikiki and Beverly Hills stores (Self Edge will be releasing a new Iron Heart collaboration jean as part of this package). There were only 100 pairs made of each colorway and although I love the natural chromexcel, I opted for the black pebbled calf.
One interesting thing about this boot style is that it’s got a design detail that most have never seen before – something it hasn’t been seen since the 1950′s. According to Kiya, the faux cap-top was implemented by Alden during WWII to save on leather; after much persuasion, Alden agreed to redo this boot for us.