Taking the fusion of functionality and tailored styles to a new level in footwear, rag & bones fourth season of footwear drew inspiration from the clothing Sir Edmund Hillary and George Mallory wore for their historic Mount Everest conquest. Archival photographs show that Hillary and Mallory were outfitted in traditional English fabrics such as heavy wool tweed and treated quilted cotton, and these were heavily worn-in and distressed. rag & bone took the same look and treatment to its shoe collection, reinstating an old-world intrepid spirit into a contemporary and progressive line-up. The collection consists of three groups of footwear, the more formal dress shoes, a more directional group of hand-sewn leather welt and crepe wedge, and burnished sneakers. The first group includes four classic mens footwear silhouettes the desert boot, the oxford, the 7-hole lace up and the ankle zip boot. These iconic styles adopt the durable good year welt and are meticulously hand-sewn in true English shoe-making tradition. Classic two-tone brogues feature a mix of English waxed suede and Italian vegetable tanned leather to create an interesting depth in the tonal looks. Last but not least, rag & bone has also created a a collection of low-top and high top waxed suede sneakers that look brushed and have a rugged feel, reflecting qualities of American work-wear and fine English tailoring, just like the labels clothes. (freshness)
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