Online shop Gargyle’s currently in end-of-the-world sale mode, which means that these F Troupe gum soles are on the block for just $50—along with a host of other forward-thinking preppy gear. We’d suggest these for the comfortable sole and the excuse to work a bit more hickory stripe into your wardrobe…but there’s plenty more where that came from.
The result is a cartoonish twist on one of trad cobbling’s more whimsical items. (Mr. McNairy would be proud...we think.) And while the hues might be a bit too bright for anyone hell-bent on being taken seriously, we doubt you’ll run into too many of them at the beach.
Of course, you’ll have to manage bringing it over from Paris (and navigating the European shoe sizing chart), but the flash of color in the laces and soles should make it worth your while. There are also blue, green, and purple versions, but we’re going with the one that matches our Thriller jacket.
The deck shoe is enough of a staple that it’s about time we started giving it a few twists. F-Troupe has a good idea with these Crepe Deck Boots, going after the leather lacing that sets the boots apart.
Adding a few extra loops is simple enough business, but it changes it from the usual preppy standard into something a bit more rugged.