Shoe In

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Published December 30, 2010

The new kids are taking in footwear this spring. Designers Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz, formerly of London label Aquascutum, have been hand-picked to man the creative helm at Bally this season and are blending the brand’s luxe Swiss legacy with an updated sense of dandy-chic. Take as proof Spring 2011’s refined and retro perforated nude high-tops, which combine but­tery leather with sleek white laces and soles. But Bally isn’t the only heritage brand to call in young creatives. Accessories house Fratelli Rossetti recently enlisted independent designer George Esquivel to infuse its shoes with a hint of Califor­nia cool. Employing his signature laid-back look, Esquivel has created a collection of his-and-hers brogues, oxfords, loafers, and boots that put a sporty, So-Cal spin on the label’s classic Italian aesthetic. More info at bally.com and fratellirossetti.com