My collaboration with NOVACS has hit a patch of warm weather. Coming soon, The Expert is a handsome, two-tone-tan saddle shoe made in Portugal under fair labor conditions in fine Italian microfiber. As part of the ongoing collaboration: NOVACAS for Brave GentleMan, this is the exclusive Summer 2012 shoe. It's a classic men's style that you can dress up with your seersucker suit, or get down with no socks at a summer barbecue. In any scenario, you'll look like you know exactly what you're doing in the Expert.

These limited edition summer shoes are durable, water-resistant, they break-in wonderfully, they are suitable for vegans, and the uppers are made with a biodegradable PU microfiber which rivals leather like no other. Handsome inside and out! These will be available are various locations and can be pre-ordered online at

If you're curious as to why we'd never use animal-based leather, check out our post "We Will Leather Forget" & "Leather Jacket: The Rebel Icon That Lost Its Gall".