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Brick is Red

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It’s been a pretty good week for shoes: first Florsheim and now this.

Red Brick Soul is the latest project from Mark McNairy, offering clay-colored soles (just like the name promises), resoleable welts and surprisingly colorful leathers. The loafers aren’t bad, but our favorite are these half-buck, half-wingtips. The soles keep things from getting too formal, and the overall line of the shoe is comfortable stocky.

Even better, like the Florsheims, Mr. McNairy manages to keep the whole line under $550…no small feat given they’re being shipped over from England.

Sole Man

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In the wake of Palin’s shopping spree, we were glad to see Obama scoring points for having resoled his shoes along the campaign trail. Of course, the political blogs are spinning this as an example of Barry’s thrift, but we see it as the mark of a sartorially sensible gentleman. After all, if you liked a pair of shoes enough to wear them out in less than a year, you might as well hang onto them. And anyone with enough sense to buy welted shoes has our vote.

In other words, it’s just one of the many rewards of old world cobbling.