Earlier this month, time-honored American sneaker brand PF Flyers teamed up with menswear giant Todd Snyder to release the Rambler Suede Pack: a range of shoes designed specifically for the modern well-dressed man. As part of their Dapper Deconstructed campaign, we asked a selection of impeccably stylish contemporary gentlemen for some tips on how they make the footwear work for them…
Breaking into the fashion world isn’t easy. Sometimes it can take years of buttering up the right people, networking at the right events and amassing a book of friends the size of the Yellow Pages. Other times, it just takes a seriously good sense of style.
After working for several years behind the scenes as a stylist, Brooklynite Lougè Delcy – better known as Dapper Lou – decided it was time to take things into his own hands. After purchasing his first ever DSLR camera, he set about creating a series of lookbooks that reflected his personal perspective on men’s fashion, which he then distributed via his blog. Five years later and he’s graced the homepage of GQ, collaborated with brands like Gucci and comfortably worked his way into the global fashion landscape – something he never would’ve achieved without an eye for a good outfit.
“I always begin with my upper body,” he explains. “Specifically my shirt/tee/sweatshirt for the day; it holds the entire outfit together. Then again, the first thing that anyone looking to improve their personal style should do is find a good cut of trouser that suits their shape. Jackets can work in various sizes but trousers are far less forgiving!”
It’s all very well having a good pair of trousers, but you’re not going to get far without something on your feet, which is where the Todd Snyder x PF Flyers Rambler sneakers come in. “The color tones and textures work really well with denim, especially raw denim – which, of course, is a wardrobe staple for any man! It’s also great to drop some less formal footwear into a more dapper look, so the smart-casual aesthetic of these works perfectly.”
As a shoe for people who like to dress up as well as down, it seems the Rambler will always be at home in a modern gentleman’s wardrobe. “You can never go wrong with a nice pair of suspender braces, too!” he adds, before noticing he’s not actually wearing any. “Haha. Well, I guess that fits, as my other piece of advice is: Never forget black!” he laughs, waving a hand over his all-white outfit.
Well, rules are made to be broken, after all…