Tuesday, February 9, 2010

S/S Footwear Primer: High

Despite being a little less structured than the low end list I still tried to be fairly comprehensive with my high end recommendations.  The disclaimer from before applies here as well: "Ultimately this blog reaches a wide range of people and I just want to make sure everyone is covered.  I realize some of you have already seen a lot of this stuff so read on accordingly.  Also, lots of these shoes (probably all of them actually) have gotten some face time on Sart Inc in the past, but I thought it would be helpful to bring them all together in one convenient location."  Anyhow, for all the trustfunders and the financially irresponsible I present to you Sartorially Inclined's S/S Footwear Primer: High...

The Buck:
Mark McNairy's Red Brick Soul Suede Derby...$258.00

I promised myself I wouldn't geek out over McNairy AGAIN, but it's really hard not to.  These shoes speak for themselves and are the perfect dirty buck in my book. Great color, red brick sole, goodyear welt, hiking laces, etc. Game. Set. Match.

The Longwing:
Loake Royal Shoe...$196.00 

I realize you can spend a ton more and get a pair of Alden or Allen Edmonds longwings, but I figured I'd do my best to even keep the high end on a short leash where I could.  The Loake Royal in burgundy is a great looking shoe with a classic shape, a Goodyear welted sole and leather insoles.  These puppies are bench made in England and should last you a very long time without forcing you to file for Chapter 11 immediately after you swipe your plastic.

The "Moccasin":
Allen Edmonds Grayson...$325 or $525 for cordovan

I know, I know - these aren't true moccasins so please forgive me.  I'm not the biggest fan of high end moccasins so for me a moc toe, tassled loafer is a great shoe for a sockless S/S.  With that being said, I'm partial to the AE Grayson in the merlot colorway as I believe it adds another level of sophistication to an already sophisticated style of shoe.  Talk about a great way to top off a casual kit.

The Boat Shoe:
Quoddy Deck Chukka...$274


If you are going to step up your boat shoe game I personally believe you should man up and go with a chukka version.  Quoddy makes the hands down best in the game and odds are you already know why so I won't bore you by rehashing the details.  I will mention, however, that if the white sole is a little too WASP-y you can always have it switched out for a camp sole.

The Penny Loafer:
Alden Leisure Handsewn Moccasin...$404.00


This is your classic Bass Weejun except it's on performance enhancing drugs. Much like all the brands on this list Alden's reputation precedes itself.  The penny loafer is a classic silhouette that every guy should have in his closet. Dress it up or dress it down, it doesn't really matter.  Remember to start from the ground up and if you have the money remember to start with Alden.



  1. The Grayson is good, but the Alden version is just SUCH a classic I don't know how you can go elsewhere.

    As far as the LHS goes, awesome, love mine, but get the Brooks unlined version for spring/summer. Better yet, the Crockett and Jones they sell at Ben Silver in Whiskey... So great. But the LHS is a must-have.

    The McNairy bucks are awesome, I think I'm going to get the Bass ones at the outlet here and then put in the rawhide laces for early spring.

  2. just a heads up on the bucks, non eu residents (i.e. usa) dont have to pay the VAT so it comes out significantly cheaper.

  3. Your choice seems to be still on a budget. Will you also post a real "high end" wish list?
    When we are talking really nice shoes, e.g. for loafers I would choose something like the B2064 of Berluti's "Olga III" series.

  4. Bart- If I do another list, which I'll be honest is highly unlikely, It will not include Berluti. I do not find their shoes appealing, especially the "Olga".