And we thought Varvatos' Chucks were rare. Exorbitantly expensive but commensurately limited, this Converse Handmade Leather Chuck ($600) is hand crafted by Italian-trained designer Ryusaku Hiruma, and features a hand-stitched body, hand-cut details, and leather soles. Limited to just 64 pairs of each size, these unique milk and black sneakers make a great accompaniment to those $1,000 bedazzled jeans.
Sometimes simple is best, and simple surely describes the Converse Jack Purcell Boat Shoe ($70). Featuring a traditional slip-on boat shoe silhouette, this Purcell also offers a twill upper, textile lining with cushioned footbed, the traditional plain rubber outsole, and a signature Purcell "smile" on the toe guard. Available in navy/white, white/navy, or a "please throw me overboard" green/navy/orange combo.
We'll be the first to admit that the Timberland brand doesn't make us think of dressy shoes -- similarly-named rappers wearing jeans and light tan work boots is more like it -- so we were pleasantly surprised by the Timberland Boot Company Counterpane Oxford ($225). Not overly fancy, the Counterpane features a distressed dark brown suede upper, a traditional leather sole, and old-school oxford style. Speaking of Timbaland, what the hell ever happened to Magoo?
Originally popular in the '40s and '50s, chukka boots are making a comeback, and these Frye Rodney Chukka Boots ($180) are a fine way to be part of the revival. The Rodney's slightly utilitarian design is bolstered by distressed leather uppers, contrast stitching, corded laces, and welted, textured Vibram soles for secure footing.
Originally made for the military in the 1960s, the Converse First String Chuck Taylor Ox ($TBA) is a premium take on the classic sneaker that's sure to be in demand this spring. The OX is based on the classic All-Star design, but sports unique upgrades like a vintage rubber license plate logo in the rear, a higher rubber rand, a chambray upper in black or midnight blue, contrast stitching, and an improved cushioning system for all-day comfort.