What makes a shoe particular? THE DETAILS! That being, what can you spot on this shoe that is ever so subtly different??? Well, let’s take a look…..see how both heel counter and quarter brogueing bits are sloped in an upward manner and then drop towards the welt, as opposed to the classic straight line over with a drop down? Or see how the welt is black, but the sole is some sort of reddish brown? But least noticeable of all is the fact that this full brogue has six eyelets….when was the last time that you saw that feature? All these things, for me, are what make this shoe great, what separate it not only physically but also aesthetically. That’s one thing that I love about Japanese makers, such as this brand Clematis, as well as the fact that while they don’t completely try and reinvent the wheel, they definitely aren’t afraid of trying to bend it a bit!
On another note, I have read something by Mr. Ethan of Rugged Old Salt/The Armoury, that has resonated deeply within set of feelings/values etc…..and think that each and every one of you should check out: http://ethandesu.com/post/31322354796/it-is-no-secret-that-i-have-a-fondness-for
Such beauty! That six-eyelet thing I would not have noticed for a while had you not mentioned it. It gives the whole thing and over-engineered, retro, and somehow extra-formal look. It’s inspired.
And I love the slip-on version too. I’ve been wanting one like this (like Cleverley’s “Churchill” style) for ages, as I’m often taking my shoes on and off but feel loafers are a bit informal for my choice of work-wear.
Anyway, thanks for the link – another name to be reckoned with!
As for your other link, I couldn’t agree more. I’d also add that there is something “zen” and calming about the simple but careful task of polishing my shoes, even though I only spend a few minutes on each really. It’s a very pleasant meditation somehow, to line up two or three pairs of a colour and work my way along the line for each stage, a little here, and little there.
I just polished all my black shoes quickly, and wore the oldest of them today. Your Mr Ethan is right – there is something satisfying about looking after an old shoe (even a cheaper one, in my case) rather than showing off the brand new shine: http://www.styleforum.net/t/72565/rock-your-socks-show-your-sock-shoe-pant-combos/7305#post_5733053
Justin FitzPatrick, "The Shoe Snob"
Alex B – yea they are a unique piece, yet very subtle, that’s why I love Japanese shoemakers…always pulling out something different yet still elegant….
Nice shine job on your Loake’s there! And those raspberry socks! Love it!