It’s the golden rule of neo-trad footwear: everything looks better with a red brick sole.
The latest candidate is Keds’ depression-era Booster, the rough canvas version of their classic plim that just got a bright new bottom thanks to Mark McNairy. The result is the best kind of high-low fusion. The bottom is the same kind of 19th century style as your $200 saddle shoes, while the upper is some of roughest canvas this side of burlap. Hopefully you’ve got equally rugged socks.
Most of us have a loose pair of cloth sneakers kicking around the back of our closet, whether it’s Chucks, plimsolls or something even more summery. After a few summers, they usually look a little worse for wear—and become prime candidates for a little experimentation.
That means jute soles, breathable fabrics, and a laced upper for a better overall fit. It’s the brainchild of designer Jaime Hayon, and it might be the perfect summer shoe…if only we didn’t have to wait until next year to get our hands on it.
There are big changes afoot in the sneaker world, but so far, it hasn’t been clear what was going to trickle down to the Reeboks and Converses of the world. But, opinionated gentlemen that we are, we have a thought or two on the subject.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we present the canvas oxford. If it hasn’t gained serious ground in the shoe racks of the world by next summer, we’re going to be very disappointed.