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Rock The Neumok by Allen Edmonds Shoes

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In an effort to bring Men’s Style Pro readers a fresh twist on a classic menswear staple I present the Neumok Wingtip Oxford lace-up by Allen Edmonds.  Allen Edmonds is well-known for excellent footwear. Chances are if you ask those men you look up to, “what’s a good shoe to invest in?”, they’re answer might be Allen Edmonds. Never skimping on quality, AE has continued to reinvent themselves every year, providing us what I like to call “shoe porn”.

The Neumok wingtips really caught my eye because of their distressed raw leather, craftsmanship, and color choices (olive-green leather, blue leather, red leather, tan suede and snuff brown). To get an in-depth grasp on the idea and process behind the creation of this shoe line, I reached out to the design team of the Neumok and posed these questions:

Meaning of the name Neumok:

It’s fair to say Allen Edmonds design team thought our head of production was running amok when he sidestepped them and drafted the concept for an unlined desert boot with a hard leather sole. But when the design team finally got a look at it they were pleasantly surprised, and with a few design tweaks the Amok was born.  Fast forward 12 months and the Neumok is the “new” version of the “Amok”, this time in a classic wingtip design in casual distressed leathers with contract stitching, bolder colors and an unlined upper is combined with a hard leather sole to give it its casual impression. 

Distressed leather process/background:

Distressed leathers are often described as ‘rough’ leathers, and are used in some of our more casual designs.  Allen Edmond’s use of distressed leathers allows us to put a rugged twist on classic styles.  Various finishes range from bold colors to natural waxy finishes for a supple feel and more rugged urban chic look.    Often times distressed leathers are manufactured with rugged cowhide as opposed to the more traditional premium quality calfskin used in classic dress shoes.  When working with cowhides they tend to be rougher with more natural character and a more casual patina that matures with each wear. 

Unlined uppers

Most of Allen Edmonds classic dress shoes come lined with ultra-soft calfskin lining (or other premium leather liner).   The lining of the shoe separates the outer leather from contact with the foot. In some more recent designs Allen Edmonds has removed the lining for a more contemporary look and supple feel, and introduced rough or distressed leathers for a more casual, contemporary take on many of our traditional looks.  

Style Tip:

  • The texture of the Neumoks allows for a high level of versatility in terms of pairing with chinos and jeans.
  • The unlined uppers are extremely supple and feel great against your bare feet (give it one try in early fall).
  • Mix the laces. These shoes come with a variety of colored laces that really complement the textured leathers and suedes.
  • If you are interested in wearing white after Labor Day (see third look), the Snuff Brown Suede Neumok is the perfect complement and acts as a grounding agent to stark white chinos.
  • Though they are textured, they will work well with most of your refined fall suits, especially your wools, tweed and corduroy fabrics.
  • The leather gets better with age, so don’t be afraid to wear the hell out of them.
  • Be on the look out for the boot version of these shoes called the “Cronmok

Beginning of Fall

Quilted Bomber Jacket Polo By Ralph Lauren (available at Neiman Marcus at the King of Prussia Mall and Online). Jean by Levi’s (Slim Taper 521)

Leather Olive Green Neumok Oxford Wingtips by Allen Edmonds

Camo Bag by Cock Pit USA - Tweed Waist Coat by J.Crew - Custom Lumberjack Flannel Shirt by Blank Label - Green Hemp Tie by Dolbeau

Linford Style Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples (available at Neiman Marcus at the King of Prussia Mall)

Collegiate Style

Striped Rugby Shirt by American Apparel 

Bernardo Style Sunglasses By Oliver Peoples (available at Neiman Marcus at the King of Prussia Mall) Knit tie by Club Room – White Oxford Button Down Collar Shirt by Frank & Oak

Cargo Pants by Uniqlo – Watch by Timex  – Cordovan Leather Watch Strap by DaLuca Straps

Snuff Brown Suede Neumok Oxford Wingtips by Allen Edmonds

White After Labor Day

Grey Double Breasted Cotton Blazer by Sottono – Washed White Chinos by Bonobos

Checked Button Down Collar Shirt by Onassis Clothing – Pocket Square  (white with brown border) by The Tie Bar 

Snuff Brown Suede Neumok Oxford Wingtips by Allen Edmonds

Shades Of Green

Light Sweater by Heritage

Corn Woven Belt by Clubroom – White Oxford Button Down Collar Shirt by Frank & Oak

Leather Olive Green Nemok Wingtips by Allen Edmonds

Special thanks to Allen Edmonds for participating. Follow Allen Edmonds on Twitter @AllenEdmonds.

Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele

Best,

Sabir

@MensStylePro

Editor In Chief/Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man, Sabir finds his way around the web in an attempt to seek out "the cool" of #menswear. Stay updated on Men's Style Pro doings on Twitter & Instagram @MensStylePro.

  • http://thetreasuregentleman.wordpress.com thetreasuregentleman

    Nice looks man. Good job!

  • Jose M.

    The looks are solid for sure! Absolutely love the plaid shirt. My question is this. I have the bad luck of being a perfect Medium in just about everything slim cut EXCEPT my 17″ neck. To buy a shirt that fits my neck, I have to buy an XL then i’m wearing a parachute. Would it be cheaper for me to buy a custom tailored shirt or to have a shirt tailored down? How hard do you think it would be to slim my own shirts? I have tons of awesome ties and rarely wear them because most of my shirts don’t close at the neck. So if I want to sport a casual look like the first one, I wear the tie “loose” like I’m just trying to be casual. Oh and do you wear loafer socks or just powder up? Btw, I have the American apparel rugby shirt myself. Love it. Just wished the ends of the sleeves closed more like sweaters or other rugbys.

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi Jose,

      That is a slight dilemma. You could get you shirts tailored (which usually runs around 15 to 20 dollars depending on the tailor. Indochino is offer a custom shirt bundle (3 shirts for $229 http://www.indochino.com/collection/Shirts) that may be of interest to you. I wish they would have made the American Apparel Rugby sleeves button cuffs.

      Best,

      Sabir

  • Hugh

    Hey Sabir where do you get your laces from? Really like this purple you have.

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hola Hugh,

      Those laces came with the shoes.

      – Sabir

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Also try http://www.Benjos.com. They have amazing colored lace and I have a pair in every color from them.

      – Sabir

  • fash1on

    i like the sockless look. but don’t won’t that ruin your shoes? ie. feet sweat=smelly shoe.

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi Fash1on,

      So, in regard to going sockless with this particular style/pair of shoes, the fact that they are unlined actually make them breathable. My feet don’t sweat in the Neumoks. Here are some key factors in going sockless;

      * never wear the same shoes back to back days
      * wash your feet thoroughly
      * Brands like Banana Republic and Johnston & Murphy sell no-shows loafer socks

      Best,

      Sabir

  • Hugh

    Sabir, where did you get that Sweater from in the last pics? Searched the Forever21 site but no luck.

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hugh,

      This sweater is easily 5 years old. But, Forever21 Men is the company that owned Heritage when I purchased it.

      Best,

      Sabir

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  • Jesse

    Awesome Neumoks! I just ordered a pair yesterday, in Blue leather. Great pictures by the way!

  • RSQ

    Sabir – great looks! I’m wrestling with a question on fit that you might be able to help with. I notice that in your close-up of the snuff brown suede Neumoks (DSC_0166), there seems to be a bulge along the outside of your feet where your pinky toes might be. Did you size your shoes such that your toes would occasionally push out against the leather? I know these are unlined, so they don’t retain a stiff shape, they’ll probably stretch, and it doesn’t necessarily hurt to push against the leather. And my Allen Edmonds sales rep says that your toes are supposed to touch the side of the shoe when new. I got the Neumoks in the same length/width as my McTavish, which are on the same last. However, it still feels weird looking down and seeing small bulges on the side where my toes touch the outside of the shoe.

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi RQS,

      You are completely correct. The unlined”ness (not a word) definitely created the bulges. I love them though.

      Best,

      Sabir