White Bucks in The New York Times | A Continuous Lean.

White Bucks in The New York Times

Jul 9th, 2009 | Categories: Style | by Michael Williams

There is a serious dose of Tom Wolfe in today’s Thursday Styles. Mr. David Colman weighs in on the ultimate summer shoe, the white buck. My good buddy Mark McNairy’s collection even got some attention.


“And Mark McNairy, the creative director at J. Press, has just introduced a shoe line of his own, made in the shoemaking capital of Northampton in England. The first models, hitting stores this week, are white bucks and their more rockabilly cousins, saddle shoes.

“It started because I had so much trouble finding a really good pair,” said Mr. McNairy, who grew up wearing white bucks in Greensboro, N.C. “They’re a little more all-American than they are preppy. You can wear them really dressy with a suit, or you can wear them with jeans or shorts. They look great pristine and new, and they look good all beat to kingdom come — and the same goes for saddle shoes.” Plus, he said, “it takes a little cockiness to wear them.”

Read the entire article here.

Comments: 18

18 Comments to “White Bucks in The New York Times”

  1. joanna goddard
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 12:27 PM

    so funny! alex wore white bucks last night!

  2. Alex Williams
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 12:40 PM

    Yes, and I didn’t even get an advance tip that David was going to write about them in today’s paper!

  3. Alex Williams
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 12:41 PM

    PS–But credit where credit is due, I only screwed up the courage to break mine out of the closet after Michael personally assured me a few months ago that I wouldn’t look like a jackass if I did. Wear them proudly, he told me. So I did.

  4. Michael Williams
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 12:46 PM

    White bucks rule, everyone should wear them. Good work Alex!


  5. thelastscout
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 1:27 PM


  6. Kiya
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 1:27 PM

    Now THIS i can get behind.
    White bucks, slightly scuffed and beat up, worn with a casual outfit… You can’t go wrong.

  7. Adam Christopher
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 1:38 PM


  8. Ryan Quinn
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 4:16 PM

    These look great, I love Bucks and Saddle shoes. Unfortunately they are little hard to find here in Portland.

  9. Matt
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 4:34 PM

    I’ve had them for years….even wrote a song called “Dirty White Bucks”.


  10. Alex Williams
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 5:23 PM

    One thorny question I ran into, however: what belt do you wear with white bucks and jeans? I certainly don’t have a white belt to match with them, and even if I did, I’d look like that dude from The Killers. A blue web belt perhaps? A cream-colored one?

  11. Gary
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 1:56 AM

    Ryan Quinn-
    I don’t know if you’re talking about Maine or Oregon, but actually I’m sure it doesn’t matter. In the OR one, try Winn Perry or Finn. You’re on your own in Maine but I’m sure they are no more hard to find there than anywhere else.

  12. leon
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 9:32 AM

    we have to watch out this whole thing with schwinns, bowties and white bucks doesn’t get too peewee herman…as for the belt, this is one of those times i would try and rock them with attitude only: maybe beltless beatup jeans or suspenders with the seersucker suit, tricked out with a crazy pocketsquare… summertime and the livin is e-z…

  13. RiCH
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 6:04 PM

    I had a pair of saddle shoes when I was younger – tan suede with chocolate brown leather saddle. TO DIE.

    Great shoe.

  14. Kiya
    on Jul 11th, 2009
    @ 1:24 AM


    I’m a huge fan of the band, saw you guys at VLV a few months ago..

  15. JP
    on Jul 11th, 2009
    @ 10:05 PM

    Gotta love the White chukka.

  16. Ryan Duffy
    on Jul 12th, 2009
    @ 12:42 AM

    I go to school just outside of Greensboro, where Mr. McNairy was reared, and I can assure you that the collegiate are following suit. Bow ties are also in abundance down south. I have grown up wearing them, but am now wondering if there ever time that such neck attire is deemed completely inappropriate?

  17. Keith
    on Jul 12th, 2009
    @ 10:52 PM

    They look fantastic! Hope you had a nice weekend.

  18. Elliot
    on Jul 13th, 2009
    @ 7:58 PM

    Sure wish I could post a picture of my vintage two tone white bucks that I have been holding on to, for just the right moment. Bought them in ’85 and wore them proud, time to strut my stuff again. I think my bucks are the best thing I have ever held onto.