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Ugliness is subjective I guess. You can be attracted or love something (or someone) ugly. As you seem interested by literature see Barbey d’Aurevilly « Une vieille maîtresse ».
Anyway I find my Mephistos more ugly than my Paraboots (Tyrolean) but I love them more - but this is subjective then.
The selling point for Mephisto, at least for me, is comfort. I have a few pair and they are made for walking!
 

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I started life on this forum on the CM side, where I learned all of the so called "rules". But it wasn't until I crossed over to the SWD side that clothes became truly enjoyable. And I think thats thats what I like most of this so called "bookcore", combining the best of both worlds into cohesive outfits that look good and are comfortable.
Not sure why it has to be one or the other. My interest here at SF was definitely initially CM but I’m also getting a hang of other ways of dressing. To me it’s fun to be able to pull off different styles for different purposes. Almost like being able to speak more than one language.
 

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Not sure why it has to be one or the other. My interest here at SF was definitely initially CM but I’m also getting a hang of other ways of dressing. To me it’s fun to be able to pull off different styles for different purposes. Almost like being able to speak more than one language.
I always find it somewhat funny reading about folks who chafe at CM "rules." We actually don't have a formal dress code at work but it's understood (there's a loaded word for you) that jacket and tie are required. Most folks wear the City suit look as it fits into all work situations. I game it a little and act out with bolder colors, patterned suits, and such when I can get away with it based on the calendar.
 

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I think it was Fran Lebowitz who said that the fashion industry is excellent at churning out clothes that are so ugly, they can only look good on extremely beautiful people.
Reminds me of Hugo Jacomet's favorite Oscar Wilde quote, that fashion is something so ugly we have to change it every six months.

I also know some guys who take ugly clothes as a styling challenge, or just as an opportunity to express yourself with something nobody else can wear.

I never understood why Tyroleans are supposed to be ugly. I always liked the look.
Well, they're not sleek concave-down dress shoes, like we're used to. They're moccasin-ish, but he seam goes all the way up to the laces in a way that feels sort of... inside-out and backwards. Most of their lasts are kinda square, and the seam is usually stitched thick. Then a lot of them also use rugged materials, as opposed to polished calf or anything like that, and often use chunky soles too.

So maybe it's outdated conventions or modern sensibilities, but I think there's something inherently dumb-looking about tyrolean shoes. Which... Is a paradox, because I think they look good in outfits. But I'm working on pulling those thoughts together.
 

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I was wearing a pair of Thuyas at a high end menswear shop in Dallas that was having a trunk show for a pretty well known shoe maker a while back. I walked past an older man getting some shoes fitted and he made a remark to the effect of "look at that guys ugly shoes, he should order a pair of yours."
 

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I was wearing a pair of Thuyas at a high end menswear shop in Dallas that was having a trunk show for a pretty well known shoe maker a while back. I walked past an older man getting some shoes fitted and he made a remark to the effect of "look at that guys ugly shoes, he should order a pair of yours."
What a cornball
 

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I'm off to Google "David Beckham..." :cool:
I'm off to Google "David Beckham..." :cool:
He was a supporting actor in the British blockbuster "Bend it like Beckham" which is about a peculiar pastime of residents of those parts that never really managed to cross the Atlantic
I think he hoped everybody had forgotten that movie.

Quite correct though English Football Captain (the kind you actually play with your feet). Alleged "style icon" and all round money making machine.

Known in England as "Golden Balls" ?

We dont have NFL or NBA in the UK sadly, Mario Andretti is quite popular with Brits though (a thoroughly decent sportsman, hard but fair)
 

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On February 1, 2020, I mentioned that face masks can be used for fashion:
Got a bunch of pushback from CM posters and then two months later, everyone started wearing them.
I just checked that thread and people seemed more excited about how to pronounce "toque" than anything to do with masks...

What is interesting is that apparently the old goth-ninja-techwear thing is apparently making yet another of its sporadic forays into mainstream media attention as... wait for it... dystopia-core:


I look forward to The Warriors-style face-offs between adherents of Bookcore and Dystopia-core...
 

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I just checked that thread and people seemed more excited about how to pronounce "toque" than anything to do with masks...

What is interesting is that apparently the old goth-ninja-techwear thing is apparently making yet another of its sporadic forays into mainstream media attention as... wait for it... dystopia-core:

is that the post Gibson/Alien tech worker look from the early 90’s?
 
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