Now that we’re on the cusp of white-shoe weather, we couldn’t resist a quick survey of this season’s options. Suede bucks are still the gold standard, but if they seem a bit too stodgy…there’s always corduroy.
This pair comes from Florsheim by Duckie Brown, a reliable source for traddish twists. They'll work any time you’d try out the bucks—think warm weather and khakis—but they’re just offbeat enough to warrant a second look. More importantly, the charming smudges that give your bucks so much personality will end up as diagonal stripes here, so by August they'll have quite a signature on them.
Black and gray get all the cred, and there’s always a new color of the year kicking around, but whites and light khakis can have the same panache if you pull them off right. And white bucks are certainly a step in the right direction.
Mass-market preppy outfitter J. Crew has apparently been running short on inspiration, so much so that they’ve turned to biting The Sartorialist’s style. Their spring preview just surfaced, and one of the shots (on the right) bears an uncanny resemblance to a pic the Sartorialist posted in June of ‘07 (on the left).