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Menswear Monday: A Summer Sneaker Guide

When it comes to off-duty, hanging-out-on-the-weekends style, there’s nothing that quite achieves the status of the beloved sneaker. This summer, sneakers are seriously having a major moment in the spotlight with a renewed focus on both timeless classics and funky printed designs.

Below are three summer sneaker trends that you should totally be on board with if you aren’t already!

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PRINTED SNEAKERS:

Perfect for the guy who loves to stand out in a crowd, a printed slip-on sneaker or traditional lace-up sneaker adds an instant pop of character.

1. Creative Recreation Cesario Lo XVI in White/Marble

2. Vans Chima Pro in Aloha

3. Vans Classic Slip-On in Golden Coast

CANVAS SNEAKERS:

There’s just something about a classic pair of canvas sneakers that ties any casual summer outfit together. Try them in neutral shades like taupe, grey or navy!

1. Sperry Top-Sider Striper CVO Salt-Washed Twill

2. Polo Ralph Lauren Harvey

3. Converse Jack Purcell® Jack Ox

CLEAN WHITE:
The obsession over a warm-weather white palette is definitely alive and well in the world of sneakers! Pair your white sneakers with simple chino shorts for a look that’s so fresh and so clean.

1. Native Shoes Jefferson in Shell White Solid

2. adidas Skateboarding Adi-Ease in White/Grey

3. Vans Era™ in True White

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Summer Shoe Essentials from Base London

In order to excel in Summer Dressing 101, a crucial part of your wardrobe is the shoes. Building your outfit from the ground up is not a bad idea considering how important the shoes are to any man’s overall look! It’s also not a bad idea to take some cues from the stylish men of London. Taking the style demands of the British male, Base London takes footwear classics like the brogue oxford and the slip-on sneaker and refines them for the tastes of the modern man.

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1. Base London Spam 2

2. Base London Fry 2

3. Base London Sew

4. Base London Cuffs

5. Base London Spam 2

6. Base London Tartar

From sleek men’s loafers for work to laidback slip-on styles for the boardwalk, Base London men’s footwear exudes a timeless vibe while staying current with the fashion landscape of today.

Below, we’ve rounded up a couple of our current favorites from Base London for whatever is on your summer itinerary.

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Menswear Monday: 3 Slip-On Summer Shoes You Need Now

Hello gents! As temperatures begin to rise, so does the need for comfy and stylish slip-on shoes. Last year, slip-on shoes were pretty popular and the trend will continue on this year. Below, I’ve rounded up three different types of slip-on shoes to wear to different occasions all season long.

First off is the quintessentially summer espadrille slip on. These shoes are not only comfortable, they can easily be dressed up or down, making it the perfect go to all season long. For example, you can pair them with a simple blazer, button-up shirt and a pair of tailored shorts, or you could just as easily pair them with a simple T-shirt and everyday jeans. I’d suggest picking up a white pair, navy blue or black pair and one in a fun print.

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1. Soludos Original Canvas Dali

2. UGG Kas

3. OTZ Espadrille

The next slip on that should be on your shopping list is the driving shoe. These are the perfect option to dress up a look without having to wear actual dress shoes. Driving shoes are a great option to wear to work on a casual Friday or even on a date, paired with a button-up shirt and slacks. These also look great with a nice pair of jeans!

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1. Cole Haan Grant Canoe Bit

2. Minnetonka Venice Driving Moc

3. Salvatore Ferragamo Nero

Last but certainly not least is the ever-popular boat shoe.You can wear them to the beach, to summer parties or just hanging out on a chill Sunday. There are so many variations of the boat shoe to choose from. You can find ones with tassels, suede boat shoes, leather boat shoes and boat shoes in bold color options for those who like to make more of a statement.

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1. John Varvatos Schooner Boat

2. Polo Ralph Lauren Rylander

3. Lacoste Keellson 6

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New Brand Spotlight: Base London

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Inspired by the footwear style demands of the British male, Base London® was established back in 1995 to deliver more affordable shoe options while keeping the integrity of the British aesthetic.

In the past, the dapper dudes of Britain were faced with only high-end designer label footwear if they wanted quality oxfords, loafers and other everyday shoe staples. Base London set out to bring confident style at a great price point with their great selection of versatile oxfords, brogues, wingtips and more.

Whether it’s for work, date night and everything in between, Base London men’s footwear is dedicated to delivering iconic British style to today’s stylish and modern gentlemen.

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Menswear Monday: Spring Footwear Guide

When it comes to the world of men’s shoes, it really is an exciting time to be a guy. Not that I have experience in it firsthand, but I definitely believe that a well-dressed man isn't complete without the perfect pair of shoes, am I right? There are lots of awesome footwear options this spring for guys to put on heavy rotation—from sandals to sneakers; we’re seeing lots of old favorites making a triumphant comeback in stylish new ways!

Below is our shortlist of top styles to note this spring for men’s footwear—straight from the runways to real life. There’s really something for every guy. There’s the laidback fisherman sandal, which by the way, is one throwback style that’s making a very unexpected but welome return.

There’s also a huge focus on retro-style sneakers from New Balance, Nike and other classic athletic brands. These aren’t just for the gym or running errands, gents. On the contrary, the most stylish guys are wearing them with everything from chinos and a blazer to even mixing things up by rocking them with their corporate business suits! They sure make those morning commutes a lot more comfortable.

If you’re less on-the-go dude and more beach-bum material this spring and summer, you’ll love the leather slides that are popping up all over the place, particularly in leather. Birkenstock sandals, anyone?

For the more preppy gentlemen out there, there’s something for you, too. The moccasin loafer is a great option for a more laidback addition to your chinos and other office staples. Who knew your dad’s favorite shoe would be deemed as one of the season’s most on-trend men’s shoe must haves? Fashion really has a cyclical nature, doesn’t it?

Check out a few of our favorites in men’s spring footwear below:

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The Fisherman Sandal

1. Cole Haan Ginsberg Fisherman

2. H by Hudson Agali

3. Too Boot New York Panama

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The Leather Slide

4. UGG Delroy Slides

5. Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

6. OluKai Punono Slide

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The Retro Trainer:

7. Saucony Originals Bullet

8. Nike Air Pegasus 83

9. New Balance Classics ML565

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The Moccasin Loafer:

10. Hush Puppies Monaco Slip On

11. Geox Uomo Snake Mocassino

12. Cole Haan Grant Canoe Penny

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Fancy Friday: Easy Ways to Dress Up Your Casual Staples

TGIFF! If you were wondering…the extra “F” is for “Fancy”. Here at the Zappos HQ, office dress code leans a lot towards the casual side. However, there are certain days that just call for a dose of fancy…Why not Friday?

Think about it. You’ve survived a long workweek full of meetings, errands and day-to-day stresses. End the week with major style--or should we say, start the weekend off right by getting your fancy on! It’s all about dressing up and feeling confident as you head into the weekend! And believe us, a pair of fancy heels, a cute skirt or dapper loafers can do some amazing things to re-energizing your entire style outlook.

Below are just a few easy ways to dress up some of your favorite casual staples like jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Casual Fridays? We say break away from the usual and start your own Fancy Friday trend instead!

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For Her:

Boyfriend Jeans

featured style: Levi’s® Women’s 501 Customized Jeans

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Sky-High Heels

featured style: Nine West Tatiana Pumps

Pairing relaxed-fit denim with dressier heels adds up to such an effortlessly chic look for both day and night. We particularly love oversized boyfriend jeans paired with super sexy pumps. It just elevates the look and keeps the jeans from looking frumpy.

 

Basic Tees

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Skirts

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The unsung hero of our closets, basic tees are surprisingly versatile for a lot of different occasions. To dress up a simple cotton t-shirt, pair it with a knee-length skirt for the office, and a sparkly mini skirt for a night out. You can even let a printed or sequined skirt shine by pairing it with a very basic tee. It’s all about striking that perfect balance of laidback and feminine.

 

Sweatshirts/Pullover

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Leggings

featured style: HUE Floral Gleam Denim Skimmer Legging

Comfy up top, party in the bottom. That’s sort of the vibe this combo achieves with a mix of relaxed and dressy all in one easy-to-wear outfit. Take your oversized grey sweaters and sweatshirts up a notch with printed or textured leggings. The great part is, you can really go all out with the leggings here since the sweater is the more subdued element in this equation. Who says a sweatshirt has to be frumpy? Not with this killer combo!

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Leather Loafers

featured style: ALDO Adleman

Chino pants are a great wardrobe staple any day of the week. To dress them up for the office or date night, grab a pair of classic men’s loafers to instantly add some refined style.

 

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Tailored Trousers

featured style: Dockers Men’s Signature Khaki Slim Fit Flat Front Pant

Your favorite t-shirts aren’t just for pairing with jeans! Take your basic crewneck tees to a new level by wearing them with a smart pair of dress trousers. Throw on a light blazer or sport coat for an even more tailored feel.

 

Basic Jeans

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Leather Oxfords

featured style: Donald J Pliner Borak Oxfords

Your favorite blue jeans are just begging to be worn on a night on the town or for Fancy Friday! Give them a new dapper life by pairing with sleek oxfords.

 

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The UGG Treadlite Collection

Fueled by innovation and its enduring commitment to comfort, UGG Australia brings a new level of light to their men’s spring 2015 collection with the new Treadlite™ line. Merging athletic sensibilities to the UGG® heritage of classic style, Treadlite by UGG™ offers supreme lightweight comfort, rebound and durability for the everyday man.

Featuring proprietary RMAT® technology, the UGG Treadlite collection offers exceptional rebound, durability and a phenomenal grip for life’s day-to-day commutes and adventures!

The debut collection features a low-profile sole and comes in a variety of ultra-versatile styles—from the UGG Makohe flip flop to the urban-chic UGG Freamon high-top oxford.

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Menswear Monday: Spring Transition Essentials

Can you believe March is suddenly upon us? This year is certainly flying by. Despite spring’s close proximity, it’s still pretty chilly out, so dressing during this tricky in-between season calls for a few closet staples that lend themselves to easy mixing, matching and layering.

Below, we break down four easy wardrobe essentials to create versatility and ease in any man’s wardrobe. These pieces are perfect for layering and pairing with your current cold-weather mainstays like coats and scarves, but easily transition as the winter chill starts to thaw out.

From the ever-classic cardigan sweater to the timeless button-up shirt (both short and long sleeved), stocking up in a few fuss-free menswear styles will prove to be the best thing you can do to save time and closet space as you navigate spring transition dressing. All it takes to have a well-rounded wardrobe is a few select pieces from our top four staples:

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Light Cardigans: Perfect for layering over t-shirts and button-up shirts.

1. Ben Sherman The Classic Cardigan

2. BOSS Orange Wimpey Cardigan

3. Calvin Klein Space Dye Cotton Sweater

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Button-Up Shirts: Whether for the office or for off duty, stocking up on this essential is a must.

1. Calvin Klein Non-Iron Free Fit Woven Shirt

2. RVCA That'll Do Oxford Shirt

3. John Varvatos Star U.S.A. Button-Down Shirt

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Leather Loafers: Pair with everything from trousers, chinos and even jeans.

1. UGG Reefton

2. Polo Ralph Lauren Wes

3. Lacoste Concours 16

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Chino Pants: Lightweight enough for warmer days, but still covered up for winter-to-spring transitional outfits. Dress them up with loafers or refined boots or dress them down with a cool pair of  classic sneakers.

1. Levi's Men's Straight Chino

2. KR3W K Slim Chino Pant

3. Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino

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