Shoes. They make or break an outfit. In fact, there’s a saying amongst New Yorkers that goes: “New Yorkers, tolerant of your views; judgmental of your shoes!” And, well, it’s not always easy to pair shoes with your look especially if the weather isn’t playing ball. Which, let’s face, on the East Coast during the Autumn and Winter seasons is often the case! So for today’s Aquatalia to shine the spotlight on their super stylish and weatherproof shoes. Click through to see the full look!
Over the years my sartorial style has become more refined and classic in its overall aesthetic. Think: an array of indigo and navy shades set against a palette of neutrals and army green tones. It’s because of this that I like to find shoes that wildly ‘out there’ or trend forward, but rather are stylish staples that I know will have the flexibility to be worn across a series of outfit combinations from my closet.For this look I chose the Benjamin low-top sneakers to round out the look. The dark green pony hair adds a subtle contrast to the sand and blues seen in other pieces of the outfit. The leather padded sock lining makes them super comfortable, too!This pair of shoes are reflective of how I like to translate my love of color into my sartorial choices: I love that I can add hue into my look in a subtle and sophisticated way. Not only that, but they add a touch of texture to the look as well.While the color and comfort of the Benjamin are both excellent, the real selling point for me is their durability and weatherproofing. Sure, there are plenty of practical shoes on the market but it’s rare to find a pair of weatherproof sneakers that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are practical, right?! Aquatalia’s shoes have a patented technique that sees their leathers and suedes simmered in a state-of-the-art sealant during the tanning process that helps repel water and resistance to salt and stains. They even fill ditched seams with a liquid sealant to stop water penetration. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me because although it doesn’t rain as frequently in NYC as it did in London, when it does rain, it RAINS! My mother would be so proud; it’s seems like just yesterday she was still telling me to wear a coat out when it was cold. Hello, thirty! Do you like how I styled these shoes? How would you wear them? // Creative direction, styling and photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with Aquatalia; all views my own