It’s time for bold predictions: there are warm breezes, alfresco cocktail parties and possibly a visit to seersucker country in your future. When it comes to choosing your footwear, the obvious answer is a pair of classic white bucks.
By this time of year, white canvas sneakers are thick on the ground.
And while we’re fans of the simple, utilitarian pleasures of the common plimsoll, they’re nearing their saturation point—meaning, it’s about time you started venturing into the even summerier depths of footwear. Madras. Linen. Seersucker. Swimsuit material. All proven summer fabrics that have found their way onto shoes, so we rounded up your best options.
Here’s something fresh in from Pitti Uomo that you won’t have to wait till 2013 to get your hands on: Manebí footwear.
They’re part espadrille (with a rope sole), part tuxedo slipper (some are embroidered with an octopus, for instance), and you can even get them in suede. They’re basically the physical manifestation of the spirit of Saint-Tropez. (Where they were designed, naturally.) Keep them handy for your next semiformal beach bonfire.
You’ll be seeing a lot of summer gear in the blogodome over the next few weeks, and to the untrained eye it might seem like everyone’s going to spend the next three months in shades, shorts and brightly colored t-shirts.
They’re all good things to have in your closet, provided you know when and where to break them out—but in the wrong hands, they're a faux pas waiting to happen.
So as a public service, we thought we’d share the sartorial code we live by during the summer.
We like patent loafers. We like espadrilles. But there is a larger issue at stake here, and we’re resisting the temptation to make it in all caps:
You can’t just mash together random shoes. Honestly.
We realize this is cheeky and deconstructivist and all those things, but there is no plausible reason for anyone to ever wear this shoe, other than to bask in the fact that they’re wearing something nonsensical. It’s even worse because jute soles are actually a cool thing if you’re dressing one notch above barefoot. But if you put a heel on them—or any material you don’t want to get sand on—they just look silly and pointless.
In our continuing coverage of the summer shoe, we present you with the “plimsadrille” as we’ve begun to affectionately call it. A combination of an old standby in our summer footwear arsenal the plimsoll and a more recent favorite the espadrille, that should serve to meet your need for either.
On a recent trip to Uruguay, the fellows at Industry of All Nations stumbled upon a small factory producing these shoes by hand, exclusively, for the past century or so, and decided that these were too good to let live in obscurity forever. We totally agree. If you want to snag a pair for your weekend sunning, take a look at the list of boutiques that have already begun to carry the shoe, and if there aren’t any in your ‘hood, you’ve got a few webshop options as well.
And if you’re averse to portmanteaus, you can always just call them what they are: laced espadrilles. But where's the fun in that?
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.