Why did the U-cap not ever become popular? I mean, in theory, it is not as conventional as a cap toe but is less risky/fancy than a wingtip (aesthetically speaking). Yet how often do you see them? Hardly ever. I think that I can count on one hand how many makers that I have seen use one in their collection: VASS, Carmina (by special request for skoaktiebolaget.se), Edward Green (below) and this Ralph Lauren (above, by Edward Green) and I believe Cleverley did one in a loafer form. It’s a question that I ask myself, ‘why do I not see more of this?’ I have done it with Balmoral boots, have done it with burgundy shoes, have done it with Saddle shoes (in a dressy form) and now the U-cap. The more questions I find, the more inclined that I am to try and revive the lacking model in question. And so far, I feel that my attempt has been okay. I have sold a good amount of Balmoral boots and Saddle Shoes, just need to work on those burgundy ones and now this U-cap! Either way, it’s refreshing to see other’s giving it a shot, even if it is just for one season. It at least means that people are getting them and brands are thinking about them. Here’s to more of the U-cap in 2014.