What’s Selling: Men’s

KITSON, Los Angeles
1. Converse by John Varvatos’ Chuck Taylor double-zip high-top
2. Palladium’s Neil Barrett for Palladium Baggy Fur
3. Vintage Shoe Co.’s Isaac tanker boot
Top fall trend: “We’re seeing a lot of higher boots this time of year,” said Jay Andrews, director of men’s buying. “People are moving away from sneakers and white bottom shoes in [favor] of darker-soled shoes that go with dressier apparel. People dress up in blazers and [are looking] for more brown shoes.”


BOB JONES SHOES, Kansas City, Mo
1. Rockport World Tour
2. Johnston & Murphy sheepskin-lined looks
3. Cole Haan pinched-toe tassel loafers
Top fall trend: “I have an older clientele that [traditionally] wants the same things,” said partner Harry Bosley. “But, for our younger customers, it’s the Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Originals. They sell well any time of year.”


1. Sorel Caribou boot
2. Merrell Moab

3. Timberland #161 6-inch boot in wheat and distressed leather

Top fall trend: “Military looks run in cycles, especially mid-height versions in distressed leathers,” said owner Abe Rogowsky. “Everything is distressed today — from the economy to shoes.”


THE 4TH BASEMENT, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
1. Clarks Desert boot

2. New Balance 993

3. Dr. Martens 1460 6-inch boot

Top fall trend: “Men are leaning toward boots,” said manager Patrick Nguyen. “We’re in L.A., so a lot depends on the weather. Vintage boots in above-the-ankle styles [are selling] in plain and distressed leathers with in an outdoor feel.”


1. Donald J. Pliner Dacio slip-on
2. Bruno Magli Raging

3. J. Shoes Charlie wingtip and Andrews boot

Top fall trend: With the weather still warm in New Orleans, GM and shoe buyer Kenny Rubensteinand said dress-casual slip-ons are selling. “This time, however, they’re loafers and not drivers,” he said.


ZAPPOS.COM, Henderson, Nev.
1. Merrell Jungle Mocs

2. Clarks Desert boots

3. Rockport Big Bucks

Top fall trend: “The heritage Americana trend is alive and well,” said Steve Hill, VP of merchandising. “Even with the weather turning colder, boat shoes are continuing to perform, along with hiking boot styles — not functional, but rugged styling worn as a fashion item with jeans. Laceless wingtips and brogues continue to gain strong momentum, even those [brands] seen as more comfort versus cutting edge. This is not just tan and brown tones, but updated fun colors like yellow or red. Lastly, interesting treatments on leathers — distressed, textured and oiled toes continue as top sellers.”

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