SINGAPORE (May 28): While women’s fashion lives and dies by large swings of the pendulum — hems sweep floors, then barely graze knees; one season, stilettos are all the rage, and the next, it is sandals — menswear is a much subtler affair. For proof, one may merely look at the finely drawn details that pass for a style revolution in the world of men’s shoe design.
Take, for example, the recent, barely perceptible trend that is making big waves below the ankle: classic footwear silhouettes made from pebble-grain leathers, in which treated cow hides are embossed or pressed to give a raised, bumpy finish, either to camouflage imperfections in the material or purely for stylistic purposes. The subtle swap instantly imbues traditional lace-ups, slip-ons and boots with a textured, slightly rustic look — somehow simultaneously casual and refined. Brands ranging from staunch traditionalists (Church’s and Salvatore Ferragamo) to swaggering trend-chasers (Gucci and Dries Van Noten) are standing behind the look.