The recent, very welcome tendency for brands to pair off with their like-minded peers – witness recent collaborations between Hurley and Pendleton, Hush Puppies and Vibram – shows no signs of abatement. In fact, it’s got a new stoke: Having already created jackets and bags with Jack Spade, the legendary English heritage house of Barbour has teamed up with Vans, bastions of California cool, to make chukkas, wingtips, and a rather refined slip-on. We’re partial to the last shoe on that list, having already found oiled-suede desert boots and oxfords so comfortable that we plan on wearing them into the ground. So where do these shoes fit in your wardrobe? Since they’ve proved comfortable on the street, durable at the skate park, and stylish in the office, we say just about anywhere. And if you’re in need of inspiration, just think of Jeff Spicoli from ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High‘ – only grown up and headed home for the holidays. [$90; shop.vans.com]
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