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If the shoe fits...

Jose & Markham offers stylish alternatives to men's ordinary footwear choices

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I always feel a little bit bad when I cut men's fashion and accessories out of the column mix for weeks on end, but as I have said time and time again -- the styles, for the most part, simply aren't that interesting.

So often I find men's fashion to be so uninspiring, especially in Winnipeg. Admittedly, a lot of this has to do with the lack of unique boutique offerings for men -- I am pretty sure women's boutiques in the 'Peg outnumber those of men's by at least five to one.

And of course, some of it has to do with the tendency for men to gravitate towards either the utilitarian and simple or the rack upon rack of the trend du jour. This can't be truer than when it comes to footwear.

First it was the bowling inspired lace-up casual shoe that never seemed to die, now it's the black slip on -- yeah, you know the ones I am referring to.

Seriously, I think it's high time the style died or at least it's time to add a little variety into the mix and being the shoe aficionado that I am, I would have to say that variety comes from Winnipeg's own urban contemporary shoe brand -- Jose & Markham.

Their fall collection of shoes and boots is exactly what the style doctor ordered. Picture streamlined leather boots cut just above or just below the ankle and casual oxfords that can replace those black slip-ons with fashionable flare.

I am particularly drawn towards the boot these days. I like how versatile this simple piece of footwear is -- it can be worn with a variety of attire choices from casual to dress. Among my favourties is the Full Windsor in Blood -- the reddish tinge offers a bit of uniqueness to the boot making it stand out in against the typical black.

If black is more your speed, the Hudson in black -- classic oxford style but in the form of a boot. Perfect for the guy who is looking to keep things sleek and streamlined but still wants a bit of style.

Boots not your thing? Might I recommend the Chester wing-tip? This fun shoe would look fabulous with some denim for a casual date night or out strolling around on the weekend.

And remember guys, one of the first things a stylish gal looks at is a man's footwear choice, so best put your best foot forward.

Jose & Markham is located at 73 Princess St., or you can shop online at www.jose-markham.com.

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 16, 2013 D13

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