Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The Loss Of A Treasure
Photo Credits: Life Magazine
The other day while looking at some other traditional promoter sites, I came across a comment from our dear friends at Ivy Style www.ivy-style.com. “Saddle shoes are the white flag of dignity. You might as well be wearing a clip-on bow tie and squirting carnation. Saddle shoes are for bowling alleys, Shirley Temple, and WASP 101. I’d rather wear flip-flops.” — Christian Chensvold, editor, Ivy-Style.com
How about that and after reading this comment, I sulked for a lost opportunity to order a pair of of Ralph Lauren black and white saddle shoes. After I finished sulking, I felt sorry for Mr. Chensvold, as he and many others I am sure, have not learned the pleasure of saddle shoes. In particular, the black and white (navy/white & brown/white) are a pleasure that many have long forgotten since their hay day in the 1950s. At one time, I would say the shoe was even more popular than the penny loafer. How did they lose their charm and common usage........that is debatable, but I place the blame mostly on the color. Regardless, I celebrate my black and white Bass saddle shoes, and I will be wearing them tomorrow with a navy blazer and repp tie. Go out buy a pair, you will love them. And yes, I do realize our friends from England do not find them attractive, but hey, they have a lot of other things right when it comes to classic men's wear.