Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bullit Boots

When breaking down Steve McQueen's style one of the main talking points is his fondness for brown suede desert boots.  He wore a bunch of different styles and brands both on screen and off, but I'd like to chat briefly about the desert boots seen in the classic 1968 film Bullitt.


[Pictures courtesy of Steve McQueen Style.]

Apparently, the boots seen above are Hutton Original Playboys.  Hutton went out of business in the 1970's, but licensed the style and name to a Swedish brand.  Over the years the license changed hands a few times with the shoes being sold in the USA under the name "Players" due to legal issues surrounding the use of the term "Playboy" - seems Hugh Hefner wasn't a big fan of desert boots.  Today you can buy an almost exact copy of the original style from Sanders who have been producing their own model for a few years.  While the construction of the Original Playboy and Sanders' suede chukka boot does differ, stylistically the two shoes are nearly identical.  I swear by my Clarks (I am actually wearing a pair as I type this), but for anyone trying to stay ahead of the ubiquitous McQueen style curve Sanders looks like the way to go.


-L.A.S

17 comments:

  1. Does Sanders produce Mark McNairy's New Amsterdam line as well?

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  2. Ben- I think the answer is pretty obvious.

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  3. Some stripper shoe lookin' ass desert boots.

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  4. It's nice to see you finally maned up and bought a dark brown DB.

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  5. Rachel- I'm not sure what you are referring to sine I've had a pair of brown Clarks DB's for about 4 years now.

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  6. Gotta love the super clean break in the second photo, right leg.

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  7. Those look like crap. Just because some actor, who barely made it out of H.S., wore them, doesn't make it a great look. If your teacher wore them, you'd rightly mock him.

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  8. lollll. My only issue with them is the thick sole. That being said, they take care of the issue I have with Clark's and most DB's—that being the too-round and consequently kind of stubby looking toe.

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  9. Oh, really? What colors do you have? I thought you only had the sand suede model.

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  10. for many years the speculation was that mcqueen was wearing Tod's in the movie.

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  11. LSA - i think the fact that you're a douche is pretty obvious

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  12. 當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。............................................................

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  13. Anon @10:12- I agree. This LSA kid seems like a real asshole. Guys like you and me need to stick together against guys like him.

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  14. riffing on typos is worse than being jake davis. your writing is atrocious and the image you try to convey to "the blogosphere" is pathetically contrived.

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  15. Patrick KicklighterAugust 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    L.A.S you are losing fans quick! You might need to hire some PR son!

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  16. Anon @3:43- I got called a douche so you have to excuse my behavior. Also, I was unaware I was trying to convey a particular image, but "pathetically contrived" seems a bit rash.

    P. Kicklighter- More like gaining haters. I guess I've officially arrived, eh? Though I liked it better when it was just you shitting on stuff.

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  17. Lawrence,

    It looks like you also have a pornstar reading your blog (Rachael Roxxx)
    You really have arrived! Sweet post btw- I've wondered for a long time about these- as to how they would translate to anybody other than Mcqueen, I think these would be much better judged in person

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