Dispatches from Fall '11

Pesko's Pics: Bally

Our man in Milano brings you the best of the brand-new men's collections.

Paint It, Black: Bally in Milan.

Many companies have been trumpeting anniversaries and centennials of late, but few can touch Bally. The Swiss shoemaker is celebrating its 160th birthday this year, and to celebrate it’s made the shoe of the future. The near future. In an incredibly smart move, designer Graeme Fidler took something impossibly popular right now (the pancake Vibram sole made famous by Red Wing) and made it new, by making it black. Lots of shoemakers have used that sole on non-work boots of late, but always in white.  People will probably be getting sick of that soon, but by giving something familiar a slight push, he’s made a line of shoes that will surely blow out of stores when they arrive in August. I’ll see you in line.

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