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Base London A/W11 – ‘The Great Outdoors’


Base London’s A/W11 men’s footwear collection, entitled ‘The Great Outdoors’, provides rural touches to urban silhouettes, bringing the best of the countryside to the fashion conscious high street. Applying rustic tones to signature styles and new trend led pieces, the Base London A/W11 footwear collection delivers a range of formal, semi formal and causal styles that continue the Brand’s confidence to push commercial boundaries. The ‘Great Outdoors’ collection also reveals a highly focused boot collection that further supports the seasonal theme and the Brand’s shift into more fashion-biased product.

The casual collection sees a range of styles with both the instantly recognisable Base London handwriting as well as new, innovative designs. Classic designs with rural undertones, an obvious autumnal colour palette and fresh stitch detailing form the crux of an extremely comfortable and versatile casual selection. Highlights for the season include Peep, a suede upper shoe with a chukka boot toe shape and the seasonal favourite Talon is refreshed with a new sole unit and a more contemporary shape.

Base London’s ability to successfully merge form and function is shown in a semi-formal range, inspired directly from the fashionable subcultures of East London and then given a rural twist. Formal leather uppers receive on-trend treatments and teamed with light yet durable, low profile sole units. Styles such as Wanted and Candidate provide East End cool, displaying burnished suede leathers and contemporary toe shapes.

Seasonal favourites and English classics are given a brand overhaul in the formal collection as Base London takes traditional design and merges it with seasonal influences. Base London signature styles sit neatly amongst the traditional English brogue, Raleigh, displaying a durable rubber sole unit and the ultra sleek cap toe oxford style Manners delivers elegant sophistication.

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The A/W11 Base London boot collection reveals an impressive and diverse selection of styles and interpretations. The working boot designs, which have become seasonal winners for Base London, are updated to reveal new trims and treatments. Striking details including heavy-duty buckles, intense leather finishes and brogue detailing are all incorporated in an impressive array of designs. Working boots and hiking boots are given a fashion make over in the collection which highlights include Scott, a rambling fashion hiker and Parade a sheepskin cuffed working style. The Base London boot collection blends strong functional elements with impressive detailing and high quality leather treatments.