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NYT Article on Colorful Shoes Making a Comeback . . .

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by PhiloVance, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. PhiloVance

    PhiloVance Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2005
    I love these recent stories on how basic staples of a man's wardrobe are making a comeback - as if they went anywhere. There was another article on the internet somwhere (perhaps A Continuous Lean?) about how the wristwatch has returned.

    I guess my question is, if you've been wearing brogues and wristwatches through the supposed "dark" period when it was uncool/untrendy to do these things, does that put you way ahead of the curve or way behind it?

  2. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    While I agree that calling such things "comebacks" is ridiculous, I think the article is more indicative of Joe Blow embracing style.

    I tend to hang out with a less-than-stylish, much less daring bunch. More or less a Southern trad hodgepodge of ponies, croakies, ill-fitting dress shirts and boat shoes. However, despite their mundane tendencies, I have received many compliments and inquiries recently about a pair of blue suede drivers and a pair of blue suede tassels. Even 6 months ago I think I would have been teased relentlessly, whereas now I am greeted with intrigue. If you can get a group of overgrown fraternity kids to compliment you on a pair of blue shoes (in earnest), I think there might be some argument for an overall shift in the everyday man's thinking.
  3. Christopher Essex

    Christopher Essex Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2010
    Vancouver BC
    I think this trend is all that - a trend.

    Hopefully some of these colorful products will be well-made and those fashion-y hangers-on will appreciate the workmanship and migrate their tastes to more sedate, quality footwear once the fad has passed.
  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Agree. They're the new Crocs. But maybe the fad will introduce some guys to nicer footwear.
  5. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    In The Hustle
    I like colorful shoes. :(
  6. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    The Arena - Centerfield
    That article was poorly written to say the least.
  7. mack11211

    mack11211 Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Brooklyn USA
    The article is jumbling a few things, esp in the picture spread.

    Spectators have always been with us, with their strong contrast of white and black, white and brown, etc.

    The novelty is in the newer colors of suede or calf.

    They were always a minority taste available bespoke or through color-minded designers like Paul Smith.

    Now these colors are much more widely made & sold in traditionally made footwear.

    The style influence of sneakers is the most astute point in the article. This also relates to the late 80s/early 90s revival of colorblock high impact stuff on the runways.

    The larger point is that traditional ideas of harmony, order, proportion etc. appeal to an ever shrinking minority.

    Cry if you want to.
  8. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2009
    its a bizarre story, particularly the quote by Tom at the end. I can understand he is talking about 1 specific pair (that doesn't go with a wool suit) but I'm not sure the writer understood that. he doesn't mention at all the shoes he was talking about, I think he is referencing ALL of them?
  9. LeatherSOUL

    LeatherSOUL Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2005

    That wasn't my quote...

    I can't believe they featured those crappy shoes and rejected my Aldens. I'm pretty sure I don't want to be interviewed anymore.
  10. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2009

    my bad, I read too quickly. still, the quote doesn't make any sense.

    "Mr. Jennings added that as colorful as the shoes are, they’re versatile, nicely dressing up a pair of khakis or shorts or adding a flourish to a summer suit and tie. “The only thing they don’t go with is a wool suit,” he said firmly. “Too casual.”"

    which pair is he talking about?

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