THE 4 WORST EVER MEN'S SHOE TRENDS

WORDS BY SIMON E. SMITH

Here at Goodwin Smith we always have your back. As the head of the GS Club we won't allow any of our members to strut around the jungle looking like a dishevelled baboon. We're aiming to send out well-heeled lions. Yes, you're one of them. With that in mind we've identified the four worse ever men's shoe trends. We've gone one further too, by providing alternatives to the fashion faux pas you may be currently sporting.

 

WINKLEPICKERS

The last person to pull off wicklepickers was Keith Richards, and he’s long since kicked the habit. These pointy boots were a favourite of 1960s rock ‘n’ roll stars who were presumably unaware Russell Brand would take up the trend 50 years later. If you’re not one half of the Mighty Boosh or a Shoreditch local then give it up. You can still read your French Symbolist poetry. Stop prancing around like a Dickensian child-snatcher and slip into a pair of round toes instead.

 

ROUND-TOED SHOES

 

Newline Black Brogue Shoes, available at Goodwin Smith, priced £95.

 

UNDONE BIKER BOOTS

The fashion world’s crème brûlée and by that we mean these boots can either look phenomenal or let’s be honest…shit. Fashion like with food isn’t just a matter of personal taste, you either have it or you don’t. Undone biker boots are a strong statement piece, which exude power and authority but be wary though, they can end up wearing you rather than you wearing them. Yes, life is all about taking risks – YOLO - but not with what you put on your feet. If you’re gunning for boots then try a pair of Chelsea’s instead.

 

CHELSEA BOOTS

 

Baldwin Black Chelsea Boots, available at Goodwin Smith, priced £75 (sale).

 

COWBOY BOOTS

 

The only people that can pull off cowboy boots are Quentin Tarantino characters and actual cowboys. If you’re either Mr. White, Mr. Orange, or Mr. “Was that as good for you as it was for me?” Blonde, then sorry, you’re not welcome here. In addition, unless you hail from a country where a random yeehaw wouldn’t cause a raised eyebrow then steer clear. There can’t be anything more cringe worthy than leaving your hogtying boots at the door when you’re visiting the girlfriend’s parents for the first time. Make a strong first impression with a classic brogue boot instead.

 

BROGUE BOOTS

 

Lumb Tan Brogue Boots, available at Goodwin Smith, priced £94 (sale).

 

SQUARE-TOED SHOES

Remember when George Bush had no less than two shoes launched at him by an Iraqi journalist back in 2008? Bush sure was swift with his dodges. If you study the footage carefully you’ll notice the man throwing square-toed shoes. Clearly he had the sudden realisation that they make a superb throwing implement rather than a fashion item. Granted it wasn’t the best time to test the theory but he did get some cracking momentum. Throw any square-toed shoes in the bin or at world leaders. The choice is yours. Replace them with round-toed Oxfords for your incarceration.

 

ROUND-TOED OXFORDS

 

Osborne Brown Derby Shoes, available at Goodwin Smith, priced £90.

 
April 03, 2016 — Jack Dyson

#BuckingGoodShoes Bound For The White House

We know our shoes end up in some very interesting places, but this week they will be taking a very special journey, across the pond, to Washington D.C. To a little ol' building called The White House.

 

Two of our GS Club members - Irish cousins Henry Healy and Billy Hayes - are heading to Washington D.C. to attend the St. Patrick's day function at the White House. Whilst there they will meet President Barack Obama.

We are always intrigued by the stories of our GS members but this one got us really excited. A once in a lifetime trip we thought - not the case - it will be Henry's 6th visit to the White House.

 

When Obama traced his roots back to Ireland in 2008 he discovered Henry to be his 8th cousin. Barack came to Ireland in 2011 to visit his ancestral home of Moneygall and Henry greeted him and gave him a guided tour. The pair have built up a friendship ever since and even shared a few pints of Guinness in downtown Washington.

 

Though Billy met the President five years ago in Ireland, it will be his very first visit to the White House.

 

When we heard the story we knew these guys had to be GS ambassadors. I mean drinking pints of Guinness with the president and going to visit him on St. Patrick's day - that's the kind of stuff that makes a GS legend, forget ambassador.

 

We wanted to make sure the guys stole the show in the White House and so we’ve hooked them up with the best of our SS16 collection for the trip.

Billy also picked up a pair of Healey Navy Derby shoes in a size 12 (we think this is the President's size) pictured above. He’s hoping to give these to Mr. Obama - after all it would be rude to go to someone's house and not give them a gift.

 

Could Obama join them in the GS club this week? Follow the guys trip via our social channels on Twitter and Instagram this week too see their journey!

 

Peace. x

March 15, 2016 — Jack Dyson

Swans put best foot forward

. . . after agreeing partnership with Goodwin Smith

The Swans are guaranteed to put their best foot forward for the rest of the season after finalising a partnership with quality shoe firm Goodwin Smith. 

Francesco Guidolin's staff and squad have all been kitted out in the company’s classic range of shoes for the Barclays Premier League campaign. 

The company’s contemporary designs, which are aimed at the 21 to 45 year olds, have already attracted a number of high profile celebrities and sportsmen, while their fun and cheeky online branding is making them a growing hit on social media. 
March 12, 2016 — Jack Dyson

Jets put best foot forward with Goodwin Smith

Newcastle Jets players and staff are guaranteed to look sharp on matchdays and at formal functions this Hyundai A-League season after the club finalised a partnership with Goodwin Smith shoes.


Scott Miller and co, plus all of the club’s first team players, have been kitted out with a pair of classic Goodwin Smith shoes for the campaign, ensuring the boys will look dapper when representing the Jets off the field.

The Jets are in good company when it comes to sporting Goodwin Smith shoes – the UK brand also have a similar collaboration with Premier League club Swansea City.

Tim Smith, Managing Director of Goodwin Smith, said: “We’re delighted to be officially partnering with [Hyundai] A-League team Newcastle Jets, which will see the team wear our 
#BuckingGoodShoes throughout the 15/16 season!”

“Welcome to the GS Club, gents!”

Newcastle Jets Head Coach Miller said that it’s important that the club’s players are looked after in every possible way.

“We’re working to build a Club that is recognised for looking after its players and people,” Miller explained.

“We’re glad that we have been able to provide each player a classy pair of shoes to match with their suits this season thanks to Goodwin Smith.”

Goodwin Smith’s heritage aligns with football, one of its earliest creators, Ernie Goodwin, was a Manchester City player.

To purchase yourself a pair of Goodwin Smith shoes or view their range, visit 
GoodwinSmith.co.uk.

 

March 12, 2016 — Jack Dyson

BREAKING NEWS: BARACK OBAMA TO JOIN THE GS CLUB

THIS TUESDAY GOODWIN SMITH AMBASSADORS ARE TO PRESENT A PAIR OF #BUCKINGGOODSHOES TO THE MOST POWERFUL MAN ON THE PLANET - PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA II. 

 

ON MONDAY MORNING AT 8:50AM, SHARP, COUSINS HENRY HEALY AND BILLY HAYES WILL FLY FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO MAKE ONE HELL OF A DELIVERY.

THEIR INVITATIONS TO THE WHITE HOUSE COME AS A RESULT OF HENRY'S RELATION TO THE 44TH US PRESIDENT - HE’S HIS EIGHTH COUSIN, NOT NINTH, EIGHTH! 

 

IN 2011, WHILE BARACK OBAMA WAS ON A STATE VISIT TO IRELAND, THE PRESIDENT VISITED THE SMALL VILLAGE OF MONEYGALL - THE BIRTHPLACE OF HIS GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER. ENTER 31-YEAR-OLD MONEYGALL RESIDENT HENRY HEALEY WHO SOON DISCOVERED HIS CONNECTION TO THE COMMANDER AND CHIEF. 

 

NOW, YEARS LATER, "HENRY THE EIGHTH" AND THE PRESIDENT HAVE BECOME GOOD FRIENDS, MEETING YEARLY OVER A PINT OF… GUINNESS OF COURSE!

THE BOYS WILL BE ATTENDING THE ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON TUESDAY AND WILL BE GIFTING A PAIR OF GOODWIN SMITH SHOES ON BEHALF OF US! FOR THE TWO AVID GS CLUB MEMBERS, THE CHOICE WAS OBVIOUS...  

 

IN FACT, JUST A FEW HOURS AGO THE BOYS COLLECTED BARACK’S HEALEY NAVY DERBY SHOES FROM GSHQ READY FOR THEIR FLIGHT.


BARACK, WE WERE TOLD, TAKES A SIZE 12 (US OF COURSE).


ALL IN A DAY'S WORK. PS. HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY!

 

bullet-proofbear

October 13, 2015 — Jack Dyson