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Shall I Compare Thee . . .

To a summer’s day? –William Shakespeare

As Spring morphs into Summer, one who strives to create their own style, be fashionable and depending what “events” you attend, you may risk being over dressed. Then again, who is the goofball who came up with the phrase over-dressed?! 

All kidding aside, some kind of pumping of the brakes must be applied when attending for example, a cookout. I wouldn’t recommend suede wingtip shoes but I will recommend something a little bit different. The wingtip sneaker/trainer.  Years ago when I decided to dress more age compliant, I was looking for some kind of casual sneaker. I balked at the boring styles. I glared at them in disgust. I was never a big fan of white sneakers aka trainers. Something smells of older gentleman attempting to capture his sonic youth. My first pair of wingtip sneakers were Original Penguins which I scored for roughly $29 at BCF. They were something I’ve never seen before. Throw in the fact I love wingtip shoes (also known as brogues), these were any easy decision. I have received plenty of compliments. I have always had the desire to push the envelope as far as what I wear and these were an excellent choice. The pair you can observe to the right are by Johnston And Murphy.  I talk them up on occasion because they make a great shoe for the price. I scored these on Ebay for . . . wait for it . . . $29.  I got lucky because I have a strategy I implement.  It’s a Korean family secret so please don’t ask.  As for the standard, boring, mundane, yawn-fest known as white trainers (which every maker of shoes walking Buddha’s green Earth has their own version), you younger cats can get away and look perfect wearing them when you pair them just right. In my personal opinion, if you’re over 30, opt for something better than the standard trainer. If you’re not feeling the wingtip sneakers, there are also cap toe sneakers which the name speaks for its self. Crevo makes a great looking pair of cap toe sneakers in 3 different styles.  And of course, you’re not going to pay full price.  If you look on Ebay, you’ll find them $20-40 cheaper than other sites.  How to pair these wingtip or cap toe sneakers is simple.  If you were planning on wearing white trainers, you swap them out.  Remember they are sneakers/trainers.  By having a pair or two, these can add a little bit of flair and versatility to your casual summer wear.  And honestly, who wants to be boring at a cookout.  That’s what beer’s for.  Until next time, jal ga!

*Music vibe: Pink Ocean-offonoff 



A Shoe Is Not Only A Design . . .

but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes. –Christian Louboutin

As Spring slowly (or not so slowly depending where one resides) blends into Summer, dressing appropriately for any occasion becomes a challenge.  It is a challenge you embrace, indulge and conquer wholeheartedly!  The Spring/Summer seasons bring about different shoe wear.  We have boat shoes, trainers (although these are year round), loafers, driving shoes and the like.  As a person looking to create their own style, one should definitely own a pair of boat shoes, trainers and loafers.  Another style of shoe that should be up for serious consideration are suede shoes.  Suede shoes are synonymous with at least three seasons and sometimes Winter.  Personally, I love suede shoes.  I like the look, the feel and they are most certainly bring a casual angle to your overall style.  Every maker of men’s shoes has a variety of suede footwear ranging from any style of shoe to any price range.  In the picture to the right, G.H. Bass Kensington Weejuns ($43.49, I bought them on sale!) are at the top and H & M‘s cap toe double monk straps ($69.99) at the bottom.  A side not about G.H. Bass Weejuns.  The penny loafers were made famous by the late Michael Jackson and most notably in his groundbreaking Thriller video.  He was known to gravitate to various makers of shoes but the Weejuns will always have a place in pop music history.  In the photo, below left, I have a pair of Johnston & Murphy Ellington Wingtip Oxfords.  I won them on Ebay for $15.  Yes, $15!  The seller bought them at a Johnston & Murphy shop at Reagan National Airport (he left the receipt in the shoe box) and came to the conclusion he didn’t like them.  I liked them and got lucky!  These shoes normally went for roughly $130-140.  I want to drive home the point it is not necessary to purchase items at their original price point.  Research, look, find and decide.  There are times you may have no choice as in the case with the H & Ms.  They sold out twice on-line (and then permanently) and they weren’t at my local brick and mortar.  Their color is a dark taupe which is perfect for Spring/Summer/Autumn wear so in the end, it is a win-win for me.  

The one thing one will love about suede shoes is the versatility.  You can wear suede shoes with shorts and trousers alike.  Some may disagree with the idea of wearing suede monk straps with shorts but I suggest one experiment.  Try them with cargo tailored shorts and a nice polo, a button down shirt or a v-neck t-shirt.  And make sure that belt matches your shoes!  If you’re uncomfortable with monk straps, go with tassel loafers, penny loafers or oxfords.  One thing one should keep in mind is your color palette.  The standard is wearing lighter, more season-friendly colors.  This applies to the shoes too.  If one desires to refine their craft, they must practice.  This goes for creating your own style.  Do not be afraid to try different styles of suede shoes because at the end of the day, you are the one on showcase.  Until next time, jal ga!

*Featured picture: Jacket by Stafford Collection, shirt by Arrow, tie by Land’s End, pocket square by Feather And Smith, pants by Dockers, shoes by Saks 5th Avenue, watch by Invicta

*Supplemental picture: Jacket by Stafford Collection, shirt by Geoffrey Beene, pocket square by Santostephano, pants by Dockers, shoes by Johnston & Murphy, watch by Timex