Timeless as they may be, a pair of canvas sneakers presents a bit of a paradox: They’re forever in style but they sure are hard to wear for, well, ever. Canvas shows age and with the frequency we wear ours that can happen way sooner than we’d like. We chatted with our friend, Chris Cottle at Vans, who could be considered a bit of an expert seeing as he’s surrounded by canvas shoes all day long. He did a little sleuthing and shared a few personal care tips. Tip numero uno? You’re gonna want to bookmark this post.
Like all great dishes, you’re going to want to start with quality ingredients. In this instance, we’re talking about jeans and sandals that get better the more you wear them (think: denim and leather that develop perfect patinas by the season’s end). Once you’ve got those, all you need are a few foolproof pairings that’ll take you from spring to summer without too much trickery. Here, our top three combos.
This year, we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). First up is our head designer, Joyce…
Finally find that perfect pair of leather boots, only to stomp them into the ground? No way. Thankfully, our shoe design team has some super-simple tips (using things you probably already have) that will keep your boots in great shape this winter, whether that means a slushy 6° or a breezy 60°.
For those of you looking at the new shapes of denim—wider legs, frayed edges and cropped hems—and wondering which boots to wear with ’em, we’ve got you. Or rather, our stylist Pippa does. Here, she breaks down the wardrobe recipes you need now. Get a leg up. A step in the right direction. Let’s get kicking. (You get the idea.)
We’ve all done the shoe shuffle in front of the mirror—slipping on ankle boots, then flat Chelsea boots, then heeled Chelseas, searching for the perfect way to finish off an outfit. Picking the right pair is the difference between a “…” and a confident “!” for your outfit.
And once you’re out the door, that may be the last you think about what’s on your feet, but our shoe designer Nilunda goes through a head-spinning process to perfect every single detail. When she set out to make this fall’s boots, we asked if we could look over her shoulder every step (lol) of the way. Here, she explains her process, how she keeps things as old-school as possible and why a leather sole actually matters.
Snapping a “perfectly laid-back, styled but not too” shoe shot does take a little bit of work, but it’s never been more worth it. Post yours for a chance to win a $2,000 Madewell shopping spree plus everything you need for a perfect day of strolling: two pairs of Madewell boots (your choice), Grado headphones, one year of Spotify Premium, a Mizu water bottle and snacks from Baked.* Now, to make sure you nail those photos, we gathered up five tried-and-true tips. Let’s get snapping.
Breakups suck. But on the bright side, that’s how we often end up with that one really great piece of clothing, the one we “borrowed” enough to eventually own. One such trophy—the lovingly worn-in button-down shirt with a relaxed fit—plays a big part in our wardrobes, so we created a whole group of ’em called, fittingly, the Ex-Boyfriends. They come in a variety of shapes and, like all good past relationships, they’re all a little bit different. Here, our designer Ash introduces you to three of them, and explains why these relationships might just last.