JKISSI : As I perused through the LIFE archives I couldn’t help but notice the reoccurring appearance of saddle shoes during the previous mid-century. Known as one of the few All-American classic shoes, the saddle shoes popularity began primarily around the 1940′s and 50′s. Identified by different names, such as saddle shoes or saddle oxfords, the shoe was intended for functional use for sports such as tennis and squash, but as you know, sneakers came into the picture and became the go-to “sport shoe”. The two-tone shoe was known simultaneously as classy and sporty and became a teen craze during its reign, forever solidifying the look between adults and teenagers across the country. Although myself and Travis are wearing saddle shoes in brown tones, the traditional color way consists of a white upper accompanied by black saddle at the mid-section.
Rugby Madras Blazer – Uniqlo Oxford – TM Trousers - Bostonian Saddle shoe
Fit Details : As many of you may know from the previous summer the lightweight fabric madras is a favorite of mine. Last time around I dedicated an ode to madras where I wore a pair of J. Crew madras classic fit pants. Now 9 months later they have been tailored and I can’t wait to wear them this Spring/Summer. A slightly misfitting blazer purchased from a friend has been transformed into my own liking with a bit of tailoring.
Photography : This time around we chose a slightly different path by working with San Diego native photographer Chaz Cruz . In this day where many can grab the label of being a Photographer, this gentleman actually embodies the hard work , vision and clarity of one. We decided to change up the scenery from our familiar background to the world famous Central Park: 843 acres of green, asphalt and concrete for all to roam through.
Vintage Ralph Lauren ‘Vertical Stripe’ shirt – Uniqlo pants – J. Crew Saddle shoes
Left image – 1953 ||| Right image – 2010
Searching for saddle shoe images I stumbled across this image, apparently an Iowa resident by the name of Tom Alex back in 1953 on his first day of kindergarten and around the same age as my nephew Jeremiah. Intriguing to see 57 years later and 4 years late of their 100-year anniversary the saddles are still being worn. Simply a perfect example on how history repeats itself time and time again.