How do you tell quality shoes from cheap shoes?

If our shoes look good and feel good on our feet, we feel good too. While some men have a devotion to understanding the quality and appearance of expertly handmade shoes as opposed to cheaper ones, others may not know what to look out for.

Anatomic & Co has put together a guide explaining what to look out for when purchasing a quality pair of dress shoes…

Leather quality

Only with experience will one identify the excellent leather quality from acceptable leather quality.

Don’t buy high-gloss leather that looks and feels like plastic. This material cracks easily due to it’s lack of quality and the fact that it is particularly rigid. Leathers that have a chemical smell are also a no-go. The only things a leather shoe should smell like is its own aromas or polish used in crafting the shoe.

Always ask if you are not sure about the leather.

Anatomic & Co sources exclusively from the best tanneries in Brazil. The full grain leather used is sumptuously soft and naturally treated, giving the leather shoes a natural look and feel.

 

The shape of the shoe

A fine shoe needs proper stitching and curves in all the right places. Your dress shoes should never be too square, too pointy or too round – anything too extreme is really not attractive. Avoid anything that is over symmetrical and choose a shoe that has elegant curves that compliment each other (resembling the silhouette of your foot).

 

The heels and soles

We highly recommend avoiding dress shoes with heels that are higher than 3cm. This does not correlate well with the look of dress shoes.

A good comfortable shoe can save you a lot of painful hours spent in the wrong pair. Along with the design of the shoe, the padding and the fit – you need a shoe with a top-class sole and insole.

Soles – Anatomic & Co’s soles feature Anatomic Gel Technology®,  giving the soles added resistance and flexibility, with a non-slip surface and soft leather welts for added comfort.

Insoles – Providing added flexibility, Anatomic shoes also feature supple hinged insoles that conform and flex to the natural movements of your feet. The insoles also provide an additional layer of cushioning for a more comfortable walking experience.

 

Silhouettes

Finally, you need to consider shoes that will complement your outfits. Again, avoid shoes that are too pointy or bulky. Pair your dress shoes with well fitted attire (not too baggy) that fit the silhouette of your body and feet and keep them correlating with each other.

 

 

5 of our favourite brogues in 2018

A shoe that can boost your look with some classic charm, the brogue is a timeless item of men’s fashion. Not only is this shoe style smart and fashionable, but it also adds some interest and excitement to your outfit thanks to their unique perforations.

 

The characteristic row of holes and perforations create a shoe that can be worn for both smart and casual outings. That being said, you don’t want to over complicate your outfit when styling brogues. Let the iconic broguing pattern that runs on the edges of the shoe do the talking.

 

So lets jump into it! Here are our top 5 brogues so far this year…

 

1. Fernando Smooth Black

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The first shoe on our list is the classy Fernando men’s leather brogue. Featuring soft leather uppers and genuine leather soles, these brogues don’t just look the part, but feel just as good too. They are also lightweight and flexible too! Black is always the most formal option when it comes to brogues, but this doesn’t mean you can’t add a spin to it by wearing a patterned shirt or interesting tie.
 
 

2. Tucano Suede Truffle

 
Next up is the highly popular and comfortable Tucano – and we’re going with Suede Truffle. What really sets this brogue apart is its distinctive stitching (waxed thread for waterproofing) and contrasting England Rubber Gel sole. The Tucano suede brogues can also be worn with pretty much anything, which is why it’s in our top 5.
 
 

3. Pilar Smooth Burgundy Black

 
If you’re looking for for a brogue full of confidence and charm, this is it! The Pilar brogue in smooth burgundy and black is characterised by “closed lacing”, a distinctive two-toned leather finish and contrasting hand-stitched welt. And it’s not just a beauty on the outside. Inside, soft natural leathers and cushioned sheepskin lining keep your feet cushioned all day long.
 
 

4. Manaus Black

 
The Manaus Black brogue works for times when you need to look sharp. Add a pair of black tailored trousers and you’ll achieve ultimate sophistication. This smart-casual lace up also features padded ankle supports and a soft sheepskin lining, providing style and comfort in equal measure.
 
 

5. Charles Smooth Bronze

 
And last, but certainly not least, we have gone with the Charles men’s leather brogue in bronze. This brogue will help you polish off loads of your looks. Pair these with formal trousers, dark denim, chinos, blazers and shirts – the list goes on. Oh, and just like our other selections they’re big on comfort.
 
 
Brogues add character to every gentleman’s shoe rack – so make sure you’re laced up and ready to go!

Having fun with your shoes for the Notting Hill Carnival

Every August the streets of London come alive during the bank holiday weekend with Europe’s biggest street festival.

The Notting Hill Carnival covers the streets of west London with Caribbean colours, music and multicultural flavours.

Attendees can enjoy elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets in the carnival parade, move to the sound of steel bands and calypso music, and visit the delicious smelling food stalls along the route.

If you’ve attended the parade in previous years, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect and what to wear. But if it’s your first time, you might need a couple of tips on what shoes are best (especially if you’re on your feet all day) and how to make the most of the parade.

What shoes should you wear?

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Colour is a must! There aren’t many occasions where you can really have fun with different shoe colours – so embrace the opportunity!

While for most occasions pastel tones work better than bright colours (as they make you look supremely well dressed without trying too hard to impress) this is an outing where you can have fun with your shoes. Try invest in colours such as blue, green or red for the perfect carnival look.

At the same time, you don’t want to splash out for a pair of shoes that you can only wear for limited occasions. We suggest going for something like the Sao Paulo men’s lace-up in blue. Magnificently handcrafted and brushed, this shoe will make you stand out for all the right reasons.

The combination of the shoe’s anil brushed colour with the white sole is the perfect balance between classic styling and modern. You can add these with chinos and a blazer for a smart casual look or even pair them with black skinny jeans and a shirt.

As you’ll be moving around a lot and on your feet for most of the day, you’ll be after a shoe that provides you with all-day comfort. The Sao Paulo lace-up won’t disappoint here. Thanks to Anatomic Gel Technology and cushioned sheepskin lining, these shoes will keep your feet happy while you enjoy the parade.

 

When is Notting Hill Carnival?

This year the carnival takes place on 25, 26 and 27 August.

 

Where does the carnival take place?

London W10 and W11, usually around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Park and Kensal Road.

 

How to get to Notting Hill Carnival?

London public transport is your best bet as many road closures will be taking place during the festival.

 

Image source: www.londoncheapo.com

4 iconic ’90s movie looks you can steal

The’90s were a revolutionary decade for fashion, and in recent times we have seen many trends from this era making a comeback. This season, stylish gents around the globe have embraced outfits inspired by the ’90s.

In the ’90s, mens fashion steered towards a more relaxed and minimalistic mood. The decade saw a rise in streetwear, sneaker culture and early athleisure. Artists like Kurt Cobain and even Justin Timberlake became style icons to many. Attires were loose and oversized, and casual dressing owned the era.

Something a little different than usual,  Anatomic & Co take a look at some of those trends from 4 iconic movies from the ’90s, and show you how you can rock them today.

 

’90s Movie Look 1

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Film: Romeo and Juliette

Baz Luhrmann’s reimagining of the Shakespeare classic will forever be remembered as an iconic film in fashion history. Summer 2018 has seen designers falling in love again with Leo’s Venice Beach-inspired style; rolled up trousers and loosely buttoned shirts.

Get the look:

  • A loosely buttoned and flowing shirt
  • Cropped trousers or rolled up jeans
  • Statement white socks (if you’re up for it)
  • Shoe options? We’d go with some black loafers

 

’90s Movie Look 2

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Film: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Staring perhaps the most well-known bucket hat in movie history, Depp’s Raoul Duke displays multiple trends included in our present wardrobes. It’s the typical ugly on purpose style inspiration. If you’re attending a dress up party anytime soon, you could always borrow this look.

Get the look:

  • An oversized jacket
  • A button up printed shirt
  • Tinted aviator sunglasses
  • A bucket hat
  • Long socks
  • Plain trainers like the Planalto leather trainer

 

’90s Movie Look 3

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Film: Juice

A classic denim display, Juice featured four inner-city teenagers (including Tupac) who got caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness. Denim jackets, hoodies and some lace up boots? 100% ’90s style.

Get the look:

 

’90s Movie Look 4

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Film: Trainspotting

This is for the rebel in all of us. Trainspotting serves as a ’90s grunge style visual reference. Think bleach blond hair, polo neck sweaters, checked shirts around the waist and faded denim. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and fellow cast members outfits popularised this fashion trend which was rife throughout the 90s.

Get the look:

  • Bomber jacket
  • Polo neck sweater
  • Skinny jeans
  • High top trainers like the Santista

 

 

 

Image sources:
https://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Leonardo-DiCaprio-Hawaiian-Shirt-From-Romeo-Juliet-43507000
http://collider.com/fear-and-loathing-in-las-vegas-criterion-blu-ray-review/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104573/
http://www.mattlumine.com/10831/?cn-reloaded=1

 

Men’s style guide: Shorts & Shoes Combinations

Show off some legs, its summer! Every man with a good sense of style will have a few pairs of shorts to see them through summer 2018. But what styles are best? And what shoes work great with shorts? Anatomic & Co cover the different styles and looks men can achieve with shorts.

Men’s Chino Shorts

Chinos lie perfectly between smart and casual, making them really easy to dress up or down. If you’re allowed to wear shorts in your working environment, these will be your go-to.

Chino Shorts & Shoe options

Chino shorts work best with smarter shoes like loafers. This being said, you don’t have to stay smart with them – you can partner them with a pair of casual leather trainers (avoid street trainers). White chinos work perfectly with boat shoes or loafers. Add a stripe T-shirt and some sunglasses and you’re set.

Men’s Denim Shorts

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Denim shorts give you a bit more durability than other styles. They are versatile enough to pair with nearly any casual or smart-casual outfit. T-shirts work best with denim, but if you do want to add a smart-casual edge you can team them with a polo shirt.

Denim Shorts & Shoe options

Casual footwear will work best – everything from high-top trainers to sporty trainers. Suede laceups are an exciting alternative.

Men’s Tailored Shorts

Most likely the least owned style; tailored shorts are ideal for the office or more formal outings such as a summer wedding.

Tailored Shorts & Shoe options

As you’re most likely going to wear them to formal occasions, these shorts work great with smart shoes like loafers or drivers or even some suede derby shoes.

Shoes & Shorts Combos

Casual laceups and trainers – work great with jersey or shorts, creating a casual, laid-back and relaxed look.

Loafers and Boat shoes – work great with tailored or chino shorts – just remember to ditch the socks.

Trainers Trainers (especially white) work best with denim shorts, giving you a total casual outfit.

       Viana Vintage Navy                  Planalto Suede Navy               Senador Touch Havana