Words By Dr Hip-Hop | @DrHipHop85
Unless you live in the Midwest, spring usually signals the arrival of relatively pleasant weather. And that means that we're in that time of the year where you really flex your shoe game. However, there's more to footwear than just $200 sneakers. After scouring the Internet for the best buys, we compiled a list of some of the hottest non-sneakers available now for purchase, possibly adding to the collection and definitely increase your options.
A.P.C. Crepe Sole Derby Shoe
In 2012, the Derby shoe isn't just for the office anymore. The functional silhouette can be adapted for any number of situations and looks. This Derby from French high-end brand A.P.C. is the perfect fusion of sturdy construction and casual appeal. The upper is made of a beautiful calfskin leather, while the soles are crepe rubber. (Buy)
Bass Brockton In Denim Blue
Bass' Brockton is the perfect casual shoe for someone who wants a shoe that can be worn to work or out to the mall. The shoe comes in a number of colors but the Denim Blue colorway, bright enough to stand out but subtle enough to not resemble clown shoes is a must-own. ($70 | Buy)
Feather Canvas Stentorian Oxford
From Urban Outfitters, this canvas oxford is the type of casual shoe made for spring, giving off structured or formal vibes. Produced in five colors, the brown colorway, smooth and sleek, is designed to be paired with a diverse set of looks. ($58 | Buy)
Red Wing 6" Moc Toe Boot
Not all boots are created equal. And even though the weather is warming up, that doesn't preclude you from keeping some boots in your rotation. A perfect example of a boot for all seasons is Red Wings' 6" Moc Toe, one of those boots built for 365. ($240 | Buy)
Timberland Heritage Chukka Boot
The Timberland Heritage Chukka Boot, which combines the best aesthetics from the classic chukka boat and the seasonally appropriate boat shoe, perfectly blends hearty craftsmanship with impeccable styling. The shoe's silhouette makes it compatible with either jeans or khakis. ($150 | Buy)
Clarks Desert Boots
Sometimes, there's no substitute for the best. The Clarks Desert Boot has a timeless design and look, suitable for wear with your favorite Levis or the Dockers you wear mid-week. And although it comes in a variety of colors,the distressed taupe colorway in suede is one of the best. ($120 | Buy)
Hawkings McGill Desert Boot
Very similar to Clarks, the Hawkings McGill Desert Boot mimics its design but slightly alters it for a less structured look. The leather is great for the price and although it lacks the punch of the crepe sole, it still has the multifaceted look that comes with the desert boot model. ($68 | Buy)
Yuketen Crepe Sole Country Ranger Moc
It's spring time, so that means that there are non-sneaker options outside of boots. One very popular option is the moc-toe boat shoe. Premiere Japanese brand Yuketen has one of the best moc-toe boat shoes on the market. ($459 | Buy)
Ronnie Fieg x Sebago Spinnaker
Of the many options out there, the Ronnie Fieg and Sebago Spinnaker is the best choice for your money. Sebago knows how to make a great shoe and the two-tone leather design makes the shoe a stand-out. ($90 | Buy)
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