Generic Surplus founders Brandon Day and Kevin Carney say the goal of their men's footwear imprint is to serve as a "case study in adultism”: an aesthetic that represents the intersection of mature sophistication and youthful street attitude. The younger sibling of Day and Carney's luxury label Generic Man, Generic Surplus offers the same understated style and unmatched versatility as its older brother, but with a more casual vibe and at lower price points. The result? Sharp, logo-free chukka boots, lightweight mesh plimsolls, wingtip shoes, and other designs in materials ranging from bone brown canvas to oxblood leather. Based in L.A., Generic Surplus has collaborated with the French couture label Comme des Garçons on Shirt — a line of slip-ons and lace-up sneakers in bright primary colors and neutral hues. Another favorite designing partner is Obey, the fashion label started by artist Shepard Fairey (the artist behind President Obama's “HOPE” poster).
Ah, that perennial problem: You’re scouring a sale for shoes, and just when you think you’ve found the perfect pair, and are starting to figure out which suits and jeans they'll work with, you suddenly discover that the store is completely, utterly sold out of them in your size. It’s the shopping equivalent of that old trope in the movies where a turntable needle scratches across a record. Well, whether you’re looking for sneakers, boots, or lace-ups, you won’t experience that here, because every shoe in this sale comes in your size.
A smart selection of footwear to dress up your jeans or toughen up chinos.
Since 2004, New York City-based jeweler Chris Habana has been redefining mens jewelry with his clever crafstmanship. "Guys who usually wear CHRISHABANA are guys who don't take themselves too seriously," he says, pointing to his latest collection which includes a shark, snarling in brass, and a silver-plated brass Band-Aid. In Los Angeles, Kevin Carney and Brandon Day of Generic Surplus has been doing the same thing with shoes since 2006, transforming a mocassin into a high-top suede shoe and a pairing a suede oxford upper with a rubber sole.
The height of refined footwear—literally—by Costume National, Harrys of London, and more.