The relationship between heritage and contemporary brands can be a delicate affair. A pairing too unconventional can spell disaster. Equal parts respect and understanding, however, can yield extraordinary results. Now in its third season, the partnership between Florsheim and Duckie Brown continues with their Fall/Winter 2010 collection. Set for an August release, the line stays true to what Duckie Brown do best – giving Florsheim’s classic silhouettes a quirky, updated twist.
Our preview of this season’s 10 styles is nothing short of what makes this collaboration a success. Borrowing mostly from the Florsheim archive, Daniel Silver and Steven Cox of Duckie Brown have produced exceptionally unique designs ranging from the popular monochromatic Brogue and Suede Loafer to newer designs like the cap toed Straight Tip and Idler – a calf suede chukka boot with crepe soles. Color remains a hallmark of the line as use of Cherry Red and Electric Blue punctuate the richer, deeper Browns, Dark Green, and Navy. In the tradition of fine craftmanship, milled leathers, genuine Horween Cordovan, and Goodyear welt construction are employed. Additionally, this collection marks their first use of wooden soles – an effective complement to the slimmer cut silhouettes. Standouts of the collection, still, are the boots – the Brogue, Tall Brogue, and Welder Brogue strike the perfect chord with us.
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