If the shoes make the man, every man (and woman) could do with a pair of Mere shoes. Worn and well-made, they are a reminder of a rugged landscape – more so than ever in the label’s autumn/winter 2013 offerings. This season, designer James Noakes expands on Mere’s staple materials; oiled suede feels like moss, and hand-detailing on leather adds to the rugged look of the collection.
While not the most innovative footwear at first glance, it’s clear that Noakes is experimenting with inventive ways of treating his materials – something not many designers, especially footwear designers, prioritise. Instead of recreating the Mere aesthetic with each passing season and its respective fads, the label is able to focus on its tried-and-true styles, elaborating on them with each new collection – improving and innovating along the way.
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