The Best Luxury Boots to Smarten Up this Season

You can smarten up your sneaker rotation as much as you like, but some occasions are simply no kicks zones. Fortunately, not only are ankle-high boots much more weather-appropriate through the fall/winter season, 2018’s luxury offering abounds with both smart leather options and high fashion takes on hiking-primed footwear.

Leading the way on the luxury front, Chelsea boots were popularized in the ’60s as the de facto footwear for London’s affluent King’s Road dwellers as well as the mod subculture taking over London elsewhere. Now, the style has been adopted by fashion houses all over in both slick and chunky silhouettes, boasting a versatility that can sharpen up any ’fit or give it a less polished edge.

On the other end of the spectrum, hiking boots have emerged as a footwear style no longer reserved for naturists. Once considered a niche purchase, the likes of ROA and Camper Lab have taken the shoe into more fashion-forward realms. Now, even the likes of Gucci are coming forward with hiking boots designed to face the elements and provide an elevated alternative to durable standard-issue sneakers.

Below, we’ve rounded up our very favorite luxury leather boots and high fashion hiking offerings to invest in for the season ahead. Scroll on for some ankle-high inspiration.

Highlights of FW18’s luxury leather styles come from Prada‘s crackle effect Chelsea boots, which really make a statement in their white colorway. We’re also digging a chunky iteration from TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloist and lower-key offerings from Common Projects, R.M. Williams, and Marsèll.

1017 ALYX 9SM can do no wrong in 2018, and its hiking boot — boasting technical fabric and knit uppers on Vibram sole units — are no exception. Meanwhile, more highlights come from the bulkier silhouette Gucci Flashtrek and Camper Lab x Kiko Kostadinov high-top leather number.

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Watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne’s New Datograph Is a Glowing Masterpiece

Situated in Saxony near the Czech border, the tiny village of Glashütte is Germany’s answer to Switzerland’s hallowed Jura Arc and the heartbeat of its watchmaking industry. This is where the country’s most esteemed watchmakers have set up shop, spending their days working on some of the most complex mechanical timepieces the world has ever seen. Glashütte is a veritable Mecca of horological craft, but among the watchmakers here, one name stands out above all others:

A. Lange & Söhne, Germany’s most illustrious timepiece manufacturer.

Established by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in 1845, A. Lange & Söhne has reinvented itself for the modern consumer while remaining unwavering in its pursuit of traditional, handcrafted excellence. It’s a company that prizes history and pedigree, taking a more difficult approach in the age of convenience. In fact, you could say A. Lange & Söhne doesn’t make watches at all. It makes works of art.

Such is the company’s stringent benchmark for excellence, it’s said that its yearly production volume comes in at around 5,000 units, each release a handcrafted labor of excruciating love that is coveted by collectors like a rare Picasso or Matisse. Got $2.5 million going spare? How about dropping it all on this beauty?

Patek Philippe has the Calatrava, Rolex has the Daytona, and Cartier has the Tank. When it comes to A. Lange & Söhne, it’s the Datograph, which legendary watchmaker Philippe Dufour once identified as the best serially produced watch in the world.

In watchmaking circles, the Datograph is the purist’s chronograph, and when it debuted in Basel, Switzerland in 1999, its movement was the first designed entirely from scratch in over two decades. It sent shockwaves through the watchmaking world and immediately became the high watermark for lavish horological architecture.

In 2010, A. Lange & Söhne launched the “Lumen” series, which has so far seen two of the brand’s masterpieces — the Zeitwerk and Grand Lange 1 — executed with semi-transparent dials and luminous displays. Both pieces are illustrious in their own right, but the mechanical Datograph operates in another sphere of prestige entirely, which is what makes the Datograph Up/Down “Lumen” — a new, glow-in-the-dark, limited-edition take on the grail — so special.

A. Lange & Söhne

For horology stans, it’s a bit like if Hermès were to release an elephant-print Birkin bag, or Rolls Royce a camouflage Cullinan. Never did sacrilege look so cool.

In theory, the Datograph Up/Down “Lumen” shouldn’t really work. Applying a minty green glow to the face of an unfuckwithable classic? It sounds a bit much. But that’s not the point. The Datograph Up/Down “Lumen” isn’t meant to be worn. Limited to 200 numbered pieces, it’s a collector’s item that you buy, leave in a safe somewhere and then watch its value soar with time.

As an artifact, it’s gorgeous. The luminous hue dovetails perfectly with the smoked sapphire dial, while the manually wound caliber L951.7 movement on the reverse side, which consists of 454 parts, including 46 jewels, is almost like its own little microverse.

A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne

The launch of such a spectacular product demands an equally spectacular setting, and vistas don’t get much more picturesque than Solo House in rural Aragon, Spain. In collaboration with Openhouse magazine, A. Lange & Söhne invited a select few to this fascinating construction based in a largely untouched forest two hours outside Barcelona.

The circular building eschews boundaries and lets light pour in, inviting those inside to reconsider their relationship with the natural world around them. It’s the type of place you can imagine Kanye West escaping to when he wants to record a new record, or where a billionaire Silicon Valley executive would host weekend pool parties.

Also on hand was Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis, who hosted a talk about how timepieces, architecture, design, and light interact. Marcelis designed a special pyramid-shaped structure that refracts light, placing it in the center of the house as if it were a holy obelisk.

If you’re looking to get your hands on the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down “Lumen,” bad news: all 200 have already been snapped up by special clients. Still, one can dream, eh?

Model name: A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down “Lumen”
Dial/case: 41mm x 13.4mm, platinum case
Movement: caliber L951.7, manually wound
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, power reserve indicator
Power reserve: 60 hours
Pieces available: 200
Price: $100,500

When you’re finished reading, peep our video with Lange & Söhne from 2016 below.

Stream Takeoff’s Debut Solo Album ‘The Last Rocket’

Just over one week after Migos’ Takeoff announced a solo album was on the way, the 12-track offering has dropped. Titled The Last Rocket, his debut album features his first solo track “Last Memory,” which dropped a few days ago. Stream the album in full below.

The Atlanta rapper tapped the likes of DJ Durel, Murda Beatz, TM88, Buddah Bless, Nonstop Da Hitman, and Cassius Jay for the album’s production.

Of course, Takeoff isn’t the first Migos member to fly the nest and release a solo album. Earlier this month Quavo dropped his own project entitled Quavo Huncho, which featured contributions from major names like Cardi B, Kid Cudi, Drake, Travis Scott, and more.

Once you’ve listened, let us know what you think of The Last Rocket in the comments below.

In other music news, Vince Staples’ ‘FM!’ has arrived, and you can stream it here.

Koché Taps Thierry Lasry for Futuristic SS19 Sunglasses Collab

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Parisian label Koché has tapped eyewear designer Thierry Lasry for a new range of sunglasses, which debuted at Koché’s co-ed SS19 show. Handmade in France using acetate from Italian manufacturer Mazzucchelli, the new “Cobalt” line is flat-fronted, but with ’80s-inspired, performance-style frames.

Speaking about the construction and inspiration of the sunglasses, Christelle Kocher, founder of Koché, says “we used a new technique to get a very unusual shape on the top of the glasses: cut and bevelled. Their name is Cobalt because the inspiration comes from the superhero Cobalt Man.”

Peep the sunglasses as worn in the SS19 show above, and get a closer look in the gallery below.

Groupe CCC add a graphic design edge to Novembre Magazine


Over the years of commissioning exciting and experimental photography, Novembre Magazine has gained a reputation as one of the most glorious image-focused publications around. Through imagery, the magazine zooms in and interprets “art practice, fashion, beauty and innovation”. But, in its work to champion photographers, it’s now seen as more a representation of various photographer’s porfolio and artistic contributions. To widen its remit and publication fanatics view of it, Novembre decided to give Paris-based studio Groupe CCC a call with the idea of “bringing back the idea of graphic design,” the studio tells It’s Nice That.

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Images of the Rumored Black OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Max 90 Have Surfaced Online

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Brand: OFF-WHITE x Nike

Model: Air Max 90 “Black”

Key Features: The Air Max 90 sports a black upper that looks to be constructed from a mix of synthetic materials and suede. A deconstructed white Swoosh sits in stark contrast to the rest of the upper, which also features hits of orange. The silhouette’s signature visible Air bubble is seen in the heel.

Release Date: TBC

Price: TBC

Buy: TBC

Editor’s Notes: Leaker accounts have teased the next Virgil Abloh-designed Nike kick, the Air Max 90. Having previously released as part of the original “The Ten” collaboration, many are speculating that the model will make a comeback in two new colorways.

This particular pair features a black and white colorway, a common theme among the 2018 re-releases. The deconstructed white swoosh sits in stark contrast to a mixed-material black upper.

Note that while these photos have been made public on Instagram, neither Abloh nor Nike have announced an official release date, let alone that the pair featured above will even release.

Check out detailed shots above and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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