Designer Sung Choi got the idea for Clae, his back-to-basics footwear label, while working at DC Shoes in the late 1990s. Choi realized that he wanted to strip away the trinkets and extraneous details adorning so many sneaker styles of that era, and bring about a more refined sensibility. The result was Clae and its concept of “athleisure.” Clae combined casual silhouettes and the supreme comfort of athletic shoes to create styles like white patent leather sneakers, canvas low-tops, and the Russell suede high-tops. Choi names Clae’s goods after Steve McQueen, Sonny Rollins, Jacques Cousteau, Romare Bearden, and other personalities he admires — adding a touch of history to your step.
Named after Jazz greats like the Parker (Charlie), the Rollins (Sonny) and the Miles (Davis), Clae shoes riff on classic sneaker silhouettes while giving the material a high-class update and keeping details to a refined minimum. Be sure to check out the low top Ellington with its perforated leather upper, and the sleek, wingtip-inspired Whitman.
The title of this mega-sale says it all, with an even dozen designers taking part. Take your pick among “sidewalk cruisers” from Sanuk, multicolored boat shoes from Sperry Topsiders, wingtips from Ted Baker Footwear and various head-turners (including pretzel sneakers) from Keep. PRO-Keds, Clae, K-Swiss, Alife, Simple and John Varvatos. A pair of Reebok imprints round out this shoe sale to end all shoe sales.
Behold, an entire summer’s worth of theme and variation! These shirts come in all shapes and sizes, from dressy (think Massimo Bizzocchi and Ike Behar) to casual (the T-shirt obsessives at Loden Dager). Shorts range from silk cotton by Nat Nast to seersucker check by Trovata. And shoes include leather slip-ons (Clae,) lightweight canvas (Toms), and fanciful streetwear (Adidas Consortium, Puma Black Label). If you don’t find anything in this sale, you clearly don’t like shirts, shorts or shoes.
Refined takes on classic kicks