Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:47

Pimp Your Shoes Vibram Sole Factor

Vibram sole Sperry topsidersWho mends their shoes today? What a load of cobblers!

Italian shoe sole brand, Vibram, is a bit like the Pirelli tyres of footwear; often cited and name checked by other shoe brands as a sign of quality. They’ve just opened their own version of Kwik-Fit with the ‘Virbam Sole Factor’. A visit to the cobblers has never really been exciting until now…

Left - My pair of rather sad, but still loved, Sperry Topsider boat shoes before their makeover. The sole had discoloured.

New Vibram sole pimp your shoesSituated on City Road near Old Street Underground station, a previous cobblers has been rebranded as a Vibram resoler.

Right - I went for something that was bold and made the shoes look individual and different

Think of it as upcycling or reinventing rather than repairing an old pair of shoes. A bit like a premiership footballer wrapping their new Bentley, pimp your old, or not so old shoes, with a bold and colourful sole.

Green Vibram sole shoe factor old streetMy pair of two-tone Sperry Topsiders had seen better days. The sole had become slightly discoloured and yellowed, so I thought I’d bring these along to try the new concept. They’re also a fun summer shoe so I thought I’d go bold and opt for lime green with thick treads. I think you want your shoes to look altered and standout for the right reasons.

The shoes came out as well, if not better, than I expected and they, now, feel like something original rather than another sorry pair of shoes languishing at the bottom of the wardrobe. Bring on next summer!

It's time to reinvent. This is Vibram's first 'Sole Factor' in the UK and they aim to roll out the idea across the UK and Europe.

  1. The Vibram Sole Factor experience is available from £60. 

Right - The new chunky Vibram sole has deep treads

Below - The before & after at the Old Street Vibram Sole Factor

Vibram Sole Factor shoe mending

Published in The Fashion Archives
Monday, 09 May 2016 10:46

#OOTD 78 White Out Green

summer white menswear chic geek style iconTheChicGeek uses the freshness of green to add bold accents on a base of white in this OOTD. From the quilted gilet to the rucksack to the neoprene boat shoes, deep forest green in men's accessories look great in both the city and at the coast. 

Who said Summer whites were just for tennis or cricket? Take a trip to the coast and feel those elements. As TheChicGeek can testify, it rocks!

How do you wear you Summer whites? Get involved #WhiteOut 

Shoes - Green Sebago Docksides® Ariaprene, T-Shirt - GAP, Rucksack - Eastpak, Gilet - Puffa, Shorts - Energie, Jean Jacket - Replay, Watch - D1, Body Wash - Frederic Malle ‘Cologne Indélébile’, Headphones - Urban Ears, Scarf - Scott Fraser Collection, Sunglasses - Guess

Shot by Robin Forster on Olympus PEN

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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 10:05

#OOTD 77 White Out Navy

white menswear chic geek ootdNothing is as classically masculine and maritime as the colour combination of navy and white. Not one to flinch at a challenge, TheChicGeek decided to take the difficult route of getting to the top. Wearing sporty stripes, chalky whites and the new Sebago Docksides Ariaprenes, this style chameleon looks more like a rock lizard!

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Shoes - Navy Sebago Docksides® Ariaprene from Sebago & Size?, Bag - Eastpak, Shorts - Hamilton & Hare, T-Shirt - GAP, Zip Top - Le Coq Sportif, Sweater - G-Star RAW Marc Newson, Blue Jacket - Pepe Jeans, Card Holder - Uri Minkoff, Watch - D1,  Neckerchief - Scott Fraser Collection, Sunglasses - Police, Spectacles - Guess, Grooming Tool - Philips 'One Blade', Thickening Conditioner & Hair Fibres - Mr by Jamie Stevens, Fragrance - Davidoff 'Horizon'.

Shot by Robin Forster on Olympus PEN 

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