One trend that has been slowly creeping into both designer and high street fashion is the blurring of lines between casual and formal wear. Where some instances interfere with classic design (I’m looking at you chinos/jeans with elastic cuffs!), others are innovative and respectful enough to achieve a successful balance.
One such example of this is the Burgundy Rec Shoe, a new silhouette by Common Projects, which combines the chukka shape with a formal dress shoe. Although this may be a slight step away from their signature ‘Achilles’ design, the understated, clean and minimal style associated with the brand is ever present.
Made in Italy with a premium leather upper and rubber sole, the Rec Shoe features all the quality in detail that those already familiar with Common Projects will expect. The luxurious burgundy leather blends beautifully with the lighter tones of the inner and sole, with the only branding represented by a unique series of gold digits stamped near the heel.
Being the ideal shoe to either dress up or down, you’ll never be short of an opportunity to slip them on and the simplicity in design provides an eternal appeal. Couple these with tailored, light coloured chinos/formal trousers, your favourite plain white tee and a textured over-shirt for an alternative answer to ‘smart casual’. Alternatively, spice up your office-wear by combining with wool trousers and crisp cotton shirt.
The shoe for every occasion is available now from Tres Bien.