timberland shop london Boots Trample The Competition
Boots Trample The CompetitionPersonal Style
February 26, 1993By Jean Patteson of The Sentinel Staff
”These boots are made for walkin and that’s just what they’ll do . . . ” goes the Nancy Sinatra song. This year boots also are made for dancing, strolling or putting up on a desk at the office.
All kinds of boots are popular, according to NAMSB News, the newsletter of the National Association of Men’s Sportswear Buyers.
They range from country gentlemen and cowboy styles to engineer and biker boots.
”But if there is a single leader, it’s the hiker, done in serious versions by firms like Timberland and in fun interpretations in such colors as purple, green and orange,” according to the newsletter.
Invading the worlds of work and play, boots are giving both dress shoes and sneakers a run for their money.
Boots aside, if there’s one shoe the young man of fashion must have right now, it’s an oiled leather oxford on a bold lug tread, according to the newsletter.
In fact, any shoe with a hefty sole looks right with today’s relaxed fashions. Even tassel moccasins are being made with lug soles the kind that looks as if they have tractor tire treads.
What makes these rugged looking shoes popular is their versatility, the newsletter notes. ”The same ’50 penny loafer or chukka boot can be worn with a chambray shirt and jeans on the weekend or with a sports coat and wildlife tie to the office.”
Also ”in” are Dr. Martens those big black oxfords that resemble police officers’ shoes and other working class shoes with utility elements such as steel toes.
Whether the styling is rugged or refined, the shoe must be comfortable to satisfy today’s customers, the buyers’ association said.
As a result, many companies are incorporating features such as cushioned foot beds, waterproof linings and removable, washable innersoles into their footwear.