Remember when The Secret was launched, and positive thinking became the philosophy du jour? Frankly, I never quite bought the whole concept, though did enjoy the stream of inspirational quotes from intellectual luminaries that was threaded throughout the book (even if it was all a bit sickly and American dream-ish). That said, I feel as if the Law of Attraction has been at work recently, considering my realisation of the shocking dearth of good shoes in my possession and the launch of the Loake for Burton collaboration.
Burton, an Arcadia group high-street store, has never really succeeded in securing my interest for more than a fleeting moment. I did make one purchase there before – a maroon military shirt with the sexiest epaulettes I’ve come across to date for just €10, but the store itself has never made its way into my tried-and-trusted high-street hit-list. Now, though, with this collab., which features six styles of footwear priced from just £125-£150, it’s more appealing than the requisite brunch and Coke the morning after the night before.
The pairing of an accessible retailer with a heritage brand (storied brand Loake opened its Northhampton factory in 1880) isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, of course, what with ASOS having capitalised on the recession era return to the reliable for a while now with their Best of British collabs. and exclusives. But Burton, not really enjoying the same credentials as, say, ASOS or Topman, has made a commendable move in securing a more style-conscious sector of the men’s market.
Without further ado…
^ Leadon tan brogue – £125.00
^ Leadon brown oily suede brogue – £125.00
^ Lester tan brogue boot – £150.00
^ Lester brown distressed leather brogue boot – £150.00
^ Lent brown leather toecap boot – £150.00
^ Lester beige suede brogue boot – £150.00