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Summer on the Crepe

The crepe sole penny loafer has been quietly gaining traction since they popped up on Yuketen’s Americana-phile shoe rack a few years ago. They’re a bit quirky on first glance, but for anyone who’s enjoyed a crepe-soled bounce in their step, it’s well worth a few wrinkled noses.

This new pair from Oak Street Bootmakers (one of five new designs that have just hit their webshop) is the best-looking incarnation we’ve seen yet. It’s got the heritage-approved beefroll stitching (that extra leather from the top strap that rolls over the toe stitch) and Horween Chromexcel leather. And it’s all handcrafted in the USA.

Most importantly, you can give your desert boots a rest till fall.

Molly Has Wandered into a Black and White Film

The New Class: Mister Crew does what he does best, obsessively analyze the latest offerings from J.Crew. [Mister Crew]

Season’s Warnings: Crepe soles have serious problems in winter. Consider yourself warned. [Magnificent Bastard]

Soap Dish: Watch 23 years of The Bold and the Beautiful in under seven minutes. Then, apply the lessons of dramatic upheaval to your life. [Boing Boing]

True Story: A Thanksgiving morality play. Be warned: it takes kind of a downer twist at the end. [The Awl]