Ben Minkoff, the men’s leather accessories line known for its handy weekender bags and modern brief cases, is stepping into the men’s footwear category for Fall ’15. The brand debuted the tight collection of men’s casual and dress shoes at Project NYC in Manhattan this week.
Ben Minkoff creative director Uri Minkoff said, “We wanted to establish a core collection.” Styles span triple monk strap shoes and smooth toe lace-ups to understated slip-on sneakers and leather hi- and lo-top sneakers with an old-school spin. The red, black and white sneakers are accented with contrasting Chevron stripes on the side.
A collection highlight is a brogue boot, available in black and brown leather, with a sneaker bottom. Minkoff described the hybrid shoe as, “the Dreaker, a dressy alternative to a sneaker.”
The line retails for $175 for lo-top sneakers to $375 for boots——a price range Minkoff said the men’s footwear market is lacking. “Premium footwear for men typically falls between the $450 to $1000 range,” he explained. “We wanted to offer the same quality, but hit that lower price point because there is a definite void in the marketplace.”