How can you improve on an iconic shoe? That is exactly what Mark McNairy was tasked with when creating his new co-labeled collection of Bass Weejuns. Obviously the shoes had to be made in Maine and from high quality materials like Horween Shell Cordovan and real alligator. And naturally the shoes had to have a twist. What Mr. McNairy (who is also the J. Press creative director and has his own English made shoe collection under his name) accomplished is nothing short of genius. Granted I’m biased, but there is not one pair of shoes in his collection that I don’t want to steal. When I first found out about the new collection I was so happy that Mark was going to be designing everything — I couldn’t think of a better man for the job. What is pictured below is about one fifth of the special Weejuns collection. (The full range will be at Capsule next week if you are a store and want to buy / see the line. The shoes hit retailers come SS10.)
The prices for the line stretch from $300 to an easy $3675 (for the alligator; IWC not included) and as mentioned above will hit stores next spring. I say it is money well spent, you get a high quality version of an iconic American shoe. And just look at those Blucher mocs, how tasty are those? But if good old fashion hand made American footwear isn’t you bag, then I think it is time we might have to stop being friends.