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  /  01.31.2022

What’s up, everybody? I’m Legendary Lade and you know what time it is: Monday aka KickinFacts with Legendary Lade time. We’re knee-deep into the winter season and if you’re anywhere on the East Coast, you’re especially feeling the frosty weather. That means it’s time to put some of the sneakers away and bring out your boots, if you haven’t already, because there’s nothing worse than a cold breeze or snow hitting your ankles.

If you’re like me, in addition to the classic Timberland “Constructs” or “40 Belows,” you might be asking yourself a question: What’s a stylish but efficient alternative? Enter in the Monumental Mallow lows in red by Givenchy.

Made in Italy, these sculptural rubber boots look like they’re from the future but also have a hint of industrial influence. The slip-on base is made completely of smooth, molded rubber with a tread sole. The black sole, also made of rubber, is about an inch thick with the classic 4G Givenchy logo imprinted on it. They are very comfortable and I like the added height the thickened soles provide. If the bright red color isn’t to your taste, they are available in a range of colors and also have pairs that feature black ribbed knit socks.

I was able to speak with Pascal Prat (Head of Footwear Design at Givenchy) and he said, “The goal of this shoe was always pushing forward with the process of making. MMW (Creative Director Matthew M. Williams) is really innovative from the technicality and also the shape. Instead of drawing the shoe as we used to do, we decided to sculpt it with clay to create this unique silhouette, clean with the right details and the strong grip stars outsole.”

Givenchy footwear has undergone a transformative, experimental overhaul under the direction of Williams and Prat, and if you’ve been paying attention you can see that the silhouettes of men’s shoes are getting more daring and bold. This is an indication of where men’s fashion is now and where it’s headed.

The Monumental Mallow low shoes in red are $595 and are available at all Givenchy retailers.

Are you ready to make a statement in these? Sound off in the comments and let me know how y’all are feeling about them.

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