Friday, August 12, 2011
To Tweed, Or Not To Tweed - by Richard
Recently, I purchased a beautiful pair of Ralph Lauren Saddle Oxfords, and the lovely shoes arrived this week. Without question, these may be the most beautiful saddle oxfords I have laid my eyes on, and the largest contributing factor to this beauty is the washed/aged appearance of the suede.
However, regardless of the shoes beauty, there is a more potent question that is to be asked. To tweed, or not to tweed, that is the question? Saddle oxfords in tan and ivory, etc. can only be purchased during the warm weather months. But, have you ever done any research in the annals of the Ivy League history? Students in the hey day of the Ivy period often adorned their saddle oxfords with tweed and gray flannels. And no, I am not talking about the brown/tan editions, but rather, the ivory/tan or the white/black editions. To take it a step further, I have even seen white bucks worn with tweed on many occasions.
Are there other examples of such displays? Yes! Ralph Lauren, GQ, and the movie School Ties are just a handful of examples that have displayed the saddled luster in the cold weather months. So what do you think? Tweed, or not to tweed, that is the question?