Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Great Wall

I've been getting a lot of questions recently regarding S/S footwear so when I saw this picture in HTJ's Prep Shop retorspective I thought it would pretty much take care of most inqueries.  Not that this rack of shoes is the be all end all, but if some of your shoes are accounted for here you are golden in my book.  From Clarks to Sperry to beef roll pennies this picture is more or less the modern gentleman's anedote to the faux leather, square toe shoe, athletic sole epidemic.  If the Prep Shop had a better selection of canvas sneaks, and they very easily might have, this lineup would be perfection, but with a lineup this good there is no need to nitpick.  Lot's of people lambast the demise of the proper men's haberdashery and the rise of the mall clusterf*ck and this is their ammunition.  Seriously, when's the last time you walked into a mass consumer outpost and saw a lineup like this?  Hell, I'd even sacrifice ambiance and atmosphere if certain retail locations could at least get their stock straight.  On a positive note, at least we have artifacts like this courtesty of some great guys, like HTJ, to hold us over until that day comes. 


[Editor's Note: Another perfect example from HTJ seen below.]

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