Neil Morris and his team at Vera Shoes have delivered us the Vera Alicante, a happy medium between trainers and boots for those attached to their Converse, Nike and Adidas but realise they need something smarter and more rugged for the colder months.
Constructed by hand in Spain with locally-sourced materials and produced by traditional craftsmen, the Alicante features a supple leather upper with a full leather lining for increased comfort. A white expanded rubber sole and leather laces complete a shoe that can look good for a drink down the pub while at the same time not looking out of place at a formal do.
Available at select retailers including Number Six London, Weekend Offender and Pavilion Clothing, Vera Alicante come at around £100 in leather or suede in a variety of colours. These are a real box ticker for us; an affordable smart pair of shoes that we can wear a number of way in winter that won't leave us victim to frostbite. Winner.