White Bucks in The New York Times

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 on “White Bucks in The New York Times

    joanna goddard on July 9, 2009 12:27 PM:

    so funny! alex wore white bucks last night!

    Alex Williams on July 9, 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!

    Alex Williams on July 9, 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.

    Michael Williams on July 9, 2009 12:46 PM:

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


    thelastscout on July 9, 2009 1:27 PM:


    Kiya on July 9, 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.

    Adam Christopher on July 9, 2009 1:38 PM:


    Ryan Quinn on July 9, 2009 4:16 PM:

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

    Matt on July 9, 2009 4:34 PM:

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


    Alex Williams on July 9, 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?

    Gary on July 10, 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.

    leon on July 10, 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…

    RiCH on July 10, 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.

    Kiya on July 11, 2009 1:24 AM:


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

    JP on July 11, 2009 10:05 PM:

    Gotta love the White chukka.

    Ryan Duffy on July 12, 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?

    Keith on July 12, 2009 10:52 PM:

    They look fantastic! Hope you had a nice weekend.

    Elliot on July 13, 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.


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