Every year at the beginning of spring I have the same thought. “I should throw away all of my spring / summer shoes and start over with just the classics.” Do I ever build up the guts to do it? Not so much. But since this is the internets and I’m free to play with hypotheticals, this is what my dream team would look like. Everything I need, all that I want. Classic. Shoes that work for 2009 and 2049. Are there other scenarios that could be played out here? Yes. The good news is, I’ll leave it up to all of you to name your summer all-star starting line-up in the comments, thereby saving your lowly steward some grief.
Last night when I was compiling this group I sent the above image to my buddy The Trad and asked him if he thought I was leaving anything out. He wrote back in a friendly yet disapproving tone. “Is this a test? Cordovan out — everything else in — despite the cliche of it all” Touché Mr. Trad, touché. The thing is, shoes are like beers, everyone has a favorite and who can argue with why you like something. You like what you like. So I’m going to ride this cliche out, all summer long.
Other worthy additions to the above group are the classic lace-up vans, the tasty canvas sneakers from Aprix and finally the high-top Sperry Chukka boat shoes that Mr. Impossible Cool has been rocking all over town. My classics above are detailed below.
The particulars in clockwise order:
- Clarks desert boot in sand — $89
- Alden 994 traditional saddle oxford in Shell Cordovan — $536
- Converse low-top Chuck Taylor in white —$40
- Mark McNairy white buck— $295
- Sperry Striper sneakers — $45
- Sperry original boat shoe — $75
- Ralph Lauren saddle shoes —$575