Inside new shoe styles for men

Jillian Cooper Allen Edmonds Shoe Designer

Design Talk

Modern materials, updated profiles and new soles, Senior Designer Jillian Cooper talks about Allen Edmonds new fall collection of men’s dress and casual shoes.

How would you characterize this season's shoe fashion trends?

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Clean, modern looks with chunkier lightweight bottoms. A revival of dress casual looks that serve multiple wearing occasions - black and dark brown shoes create polished looks for a desired level of sophistication to any ensemble. Also a push for handcrafted casual boots that are both fashion and function.

One of the most exciting things to come out of fall is the Tate Collection. What makes these shoes special?

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The Tate collection fills a void in the current line – a sleek dress-casual shoe. These looks are minimalist in lines, clean in the color offering of basic black and brown, and high on style with the lightweight lug sole. They add a bit of edge to timeless looks, giving them individuality and a new energy. You can also play up the more casual side of the collection with the dark taupe suede versions.

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Who is the Tate Collection for and how do you see it being worn?

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Tate is for someone with intent to always look polished, even when dressing casually. Wear them with a slim leg, dark denim or twill pants, cuffed or not. They look great with a regular break or higher break below the ankle for the more the adventurous.

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The new Caen and Stirling both have translucent lug soles. Tell us about this material.

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The translucent sole is a fresh, innovative trend in footwear. It adds a dynamic twist to an otherwise traditional sole and combined with the leather of the midsole and welt it gives great depth to the sidewall. For the shoe enthusiast in all of us, being able to see the welt stitch through the translucence is also very cool.

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The upper on the Sullivan Street mixes two types of leather. What was behind this design?

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The Sullivan Street is a refined and distinguished dress boot built for the man who is uncompromising in his search for a classic look. The mixing of textures adds interest in a playful way as in most cases you will only see the scotch grain when the pant leg is lifted. For lovers of the timeless classic Dalton boot, the Sullivan Street is an essential, polished companion.

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