Sporty Formal

Armani Exchange Velvet Blazer, ASOS White Scalloped Collar Shirt, Topman Striped Formal Pant, Yohji Yamamoto Warrior High Tops

Confession: I absolutely despise high tops. Never thought I'd ever come close to getting one. It wasn't until I saw the debut (back in FW 2010) of these Yohji Yamamoto Warrior High hybrid boots that my opinion of high tops gradually changed. Maybe it was the traditional, Japanese print or maybe it was the expertly designed combo of both boot and high top -- these Yohjis had me hooked!

Decided to break into them at the hotel right before meeting with a client for dinner at The Hubbard Inn in Downtown Chicago. There's something so inherently masculine and modern about the shoes when combined with what is conceived as mostly a Mad Men-esque outfit. A brilliant juxtaposition between being classically refined and ostentatiously edgy.