Men’s Buzz: Piloti, Baracuta & More

Aiming High

Motor sports-inspired brand Piloti is introducing the higher-end Veloce Collection for spring ’11. The made-in-Italy line will debut with three styles for men: a lace-up ankle boot, a slip-on and a low laceup (above). Like the main line, this collection will focus on comfort, featuring injected rubber on leather outsoles and a removable sockliner made of mesh and foam. Retailing for $400 to $500, Veloce will be targeted at better men’s stores and high-end department stores. Piloti also will debut a line of four bags, priced from $380 to $580, and gloves for $115.

On the Double

Baracuta has doubled its footwear range for spring ’11, including the introduction of sneakers. The athletic collection, priced from $124, contains a high-top basketball shoe and other colorful retro-inspired canvas styles. The U.K. label, famous for its G9 Harrington Jacket, launched footwear last year with a range of chukka boots and brightly colored loafers priced between $225 and $325. The brand is aimed at independents.

Loafing About

Swims, which makes rainy day shoe covers, is debuting a loafer for the upcoming holiday season. Available exclusively at Neiman Marcus, the style is designed to be worn on its own, but is still made with a molded thermoplastic outer shell. An antibacterial nylon mesh on the top vamp and inside linings are meant to ensure breathability and comfort. A rib pattern on the natural rubber sole provides traction, and the footbeds are made of an odor-resistant EVA. Delivery is slated for Nov. 1, and the shoes will retail for $149.

Longtime Love

When Billy Reid, winner of the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, was considering a spring ’11 footwear collaboration, he thought about his favorite 25-year-old K-Swiss sneakers. The Alabama-based designer has unveiled a new partnership with the athletic company in the form of a unisex sneaker made of washed canvas and available in natural ivory, washed navy and black. They will sell for $95 at Billy Reid stores and online.

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