NOS MEN’S STORE, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1. Clae Powell wingtip sneaker
2. Walk-Over Derby
3. Soludos Dali espadrille
Spring hits: “A lot of people are taking to the two-tones such as blue with a pop of red or gray with a pop of yellow,” said Jeremy Ricketts, buyer. Also selling are both fashion and performance sneakers, he added. “Sneakers as fashion is back with a vengeance.”
TOPS FOR SHOES, Asheville, N.C.
1. Toms Classic and Cardone
2. Sanuk Vagabond series
3. Keen Newport
Spring hits: “Sperry Top-Sider has also been a surprise,” said men’s buyer Shane Fisher, adding that classic looks have been most popular.
MICKEY FINN’S, Berlin, Ct.
1. Vibram FiveFingers
2. Skechers low-profile silhouettes
3. Merrell Jungle Mocs
Spring hits: “The minimalist category is strong,” said men’s and ladies’ footwear buyer Charles Spiegel, citing New Balance minimalist looks and Merrell Trail Gloves. “They’re still riding the wave.”
CITY SOLES, Chicago, Ill.
1. J.D. Fisk Mikko two-tone spectator
2. Mjus wingtip lace-up sneaker
3. Cushe Evo in various colors
Spring hits: “I see men getting more cleaned up, more tailored,” said Scott Starbuck, founder. “Men’s spectators seem more like an edgy gentlemen’s shoe. [They have] a distressed, but European, feel.”
MERCANTILE, Seaside, Fla.
1. Bed Stu Libra buckle boot
2. Cushe canvas surfer slipper
3. Corral Skrape cowboy boot
Spring hits: “We’re seeing more slippers and flip-flops selling as we get into the hotter months,” said owner Bryan Pritchett. “We’re a specialty shop, so most of what we have has sort of a distressed look.”