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Step Up Your Shoe Game



    Step Up Your Shoe Game
    It's time to inject some syle into your shoe collection.

    In recent years, the shoe game has been shrouded in such an alluringly flashy cloud of hyped limited-edition releases, superstar collabs, and outlandish pricing that, after a while, it's hard to even remember why you quit your job to camp out in line for those Jonas Bros dunks. Stylishly snapping you back to reality, Pointer.

    Started by a group of Londoners reacting against the excesses of the increasingly limited-edition driven sneaker market, Pointer makes stupid simple, vulcanized, clean-lined casual kicks aimed to put a sharp, respectable front on your otherwise wonky feet.

    Their newly released Summer line includes sportier options like the Fairbank, a white & grey low-cut, gum-soled canvas/suede sneaker with a padded leather collar, the chocolate all-suede Seeker w/ fat red laces, and the high-top Soma, which rocks a black rose/turquoise dotted print and comes in "charcoal rope", also the name for Kingsford's unsuccessful foray into executions.

    Veering into dressier territory are the contrast-stitched Crago, with suede toe and leather quarter; the mid-cut leather/canvas, raw leather laced boat-esque Taylor and the topsider-like canvas Barajas featuring a suede toe and padded collar, just like the one worn by your clinically insane cockapoo.

    If you prefer to hide your cankles, there's boot action in the desert-inspired, textured leather and contrast-stitched Cyril, which is not a reference to Saint Cyril because everyone knows the Pillar of Faith and Doctor of the Church totally only collab on dunks.

    (Buy locally at Penelope's, 1913 W Division, btw Wolcott and Winchester; Wicker Park; (773) 395-2351)

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