- Sep 13, 2010
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That's actually something in line with what I was contemplating. I also had my eye on some Nicholas Templeman bespoke versions that were kind of Adelaide Lazy Man's but they look too advanced to transfer well into RTW I think. He does seem to make quite a lot of side gusset shoes. I might have to hire him as an outside consultant for this. Museum is not a bad idea. I had almost forgot about it, I use it so seldom för L&T.These are the ones I have, Patrick. I do travel about 50% of the time for work and they are quite convenient at airports where I cannot breeze through security. These past few weeks of working from home, they have been great for popping out of the house to get a cup of coffee, run a quick errand, etc. So functionally, they are wonderful.
Aesthetically, I don't think they are dandy at all, actually, as no one can even tell that they are anything but plain old half-brogues unless they look very closely because of the faux laces. I wear them with everything from dark jeans to a charcoal worsted suit and they've never felt off.
It was surprisingly difficult to find a pair that did not look oddly different from laced shoes, and came down to either these by Fugashin Saigon or the Cleverleys made famous by Henry Cavill in Man from UNCLE (if you look closely you'll see he still wears them on his own time). In my search I saw that Skoaktiebolaget had a pair of Carlos Santos a few years ago and I regret missing out on it, as IIRC it came with a beautiful dye job, whereas this is a less interesting solid brown that I will let patina naturally. So I guess those would be my suggestions: make it looks as not-dandified as possible, and in museum calf because you can never overdo museum calf.
Yeah Cleverley does make some fine side gussets, you gotta hand it to them.I went through a phase where I really liked the look of the Lazyman. I got the AC Churchill and then went and bought a pair of bespoke Cleverley’s (see photo)
Over time I have, however, come back to the view (that I used to hold) that they are a bit of a Frankenstein model. Also not helped by some fit issues on the bespoke shoes. They are fine but not great. Instead I now tend to wear classic punch cap oxfords or, if I am travelling, a pair of black loafers (second picture, also Cleverley)
The purple one looks spectacular. Wouldn't wear it myself...maybe in black and with a more traditional medallion. Or maybe an Ace of Spades medallion...