The Expert: NOVACAS for Brave GentleMan


My collaboration with NOVACS has hit a patch of warm weather. Coming soon, The Expert is a handsome, two-tone-tan saddle shoe made in Portugal under fair labor conditions in fine Italian microfiber. As part of the ongoing collaboration: NOVACAS for Brave GentleMan, this is the exclusive Summer 2012 shoe. It’s a classic men’s style that you can dress up with your seersucker suit, or get down with no socks at a summer barbecue. In any scenario, you’ll look like you know exactly what you’re doing in the Expert.

These limited edition summer shoes are durable, water-resistant, they break-in wonderfully, they are suitable for vegans, and the uppers are made with a biodegradable PU microfiber which rivals leather like no other. Handsome inside and out! These will be available are various locations and can be pre-ordered online at

If you’re curious as to why we’d never use animal-based leather, check out our post “We Will Leather Forget” & “Leather Jacket: The Rebel Icon That Lost Its Gall“.

M:Zero, Shoe Hero & Walk

• When I originally blogged about M:Zero’s debut at the Kaight Pop-Up Shop for Melissa Plastic Dreams, I was stoked about the recycled, injection-molded and recyclable shoes. Now that I see them in all these rad colors and textures, I am a happy, vegan, fashionisto. The brown flocked kicks need to be on my feet – and for only about $70 US, they’re affordable to boot!

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• Now that you have some new shoes to show off – sign up for Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 Walk for Farm Animals! The celebrity trainer, host of Biggest Loser and vegan discerning brute himself Bob Harper is the official spokesman for the walk this year. *Check back soon for my video interview with Bob that I did for Farm Sanctuary!

Step Right Up, In Novacas.

I’m pretty excited about the Autumn-2010 collection of men’s shoes from Novacas. From the tan, sleek soles and the gray, brown, and black uppers in classic, handsome styles to edgy details like an asymmetrical opening on the Emmett, to the fold-down throat on the Milo, these shoes and boots showcase a welcomed shrewdness from Novacas. The profiles are trim and elegant, and I also really enjoy the contrast of the high-polish toe on the gray Milo against the rest of the matte upper. The best part about a well-made men’s shoe is that it looks good with anything: shorts, jeans, slacks, a suit.

Novacas’ shoes are 80% biodegradable (on their way to being 100%), totally vegan, and made under fair conditions in European factories. To top it off, sister designers Erica and Sara Kuberski own MooShoes, NYC’s only 100% ethical shoe store.