Summer Etiquette: Suede Bucks Footwear  -  General Style 65 Comments

Joshua Kissi: White buckskin shoes, the epitome of summer footwear with their signature red brick sole, have been the All-American shoe since the 1930s. White bucks, as they’re often called, may be as popular as the penny loafer to individuals who are influenced by ivy/trad roots. It’s understood that when it comes to footwear, most gentlemen would like to retain an arsenal of essential footwear to rotate through during the year. Suede bucks definitely need to be in that circle.

Although the majority may favor the crispy white appearance of bucks, I’d rather save the tedious action of cleaning them with suede kits and let them wear in to add a bit of character. Overtly, this notion comes with the casual aspect of my outfit. If the scenario was switched to something like a seersucker or linen suit, I’d advise keeping your shoes as clean as possible. That the shoe would fits certain occasions and outfits depending on whether they’re clean or dirty is evidence of its versatility.

The suede-covered shoe provides its versatility to find a medium between formal and informal. Presently, bucks are seeing a spike in interest for men’s footwear options. Bucks are now produced by many brands in almost every color you can imagine. Last year, I opted for the classic ivory white colorway.

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Fit details: Vintage Banana Republic short sleeve oxford / J.Crew 484 Corduroy pants ( DIY’d to shorts ) / J.Crew Suede Bucks / Brass Africa bracelet

Fit description: I purchased this shirt off of the ever-so-reliable eBay for $9.99. What initially interested me in this item was its opulent plaid colorway that forces you to neutralize the rest of your outfit. It’s interesting that myself and Travis are coming across many vintage Banana Republic pieces from the brand’s previous aesthetic. The corduroy shorts, which were once pants, were cut with garment scissors by myself, ultimately saving money and time from purchasing already-cut shorts. – Just ‘Do It Yourself’

Brief tips

  • Corduroy pants
  • Garment Scissors
  • Pencil/Chalk – to mark your cutting length/make sure both leg inseams are even

We’ve seen numerous brands produce corduroy shorts this summer and even spill over into the fall season — a great look to pair with boots and a heavy shawl sweater of some sort. The African brass bracelet, one of my latest acquisitions in accessories, is directly from Ghana, West Africa

A list of retailers who carry bucks below:

All photographs in this post were taken by the great Rog Walker

Always interesting to see how shoes that people wore decades ago can spout back up to be relevant again.  It’s important to find a medium for yourself and buy classic pieces you can wear for years now that most outfits are casually based.

Singer Pat Boone wearing his signature white bucks and chatting with his friend (prob. mgr.) Pete Martin and his wife in a dressing room backstage in an auditorium. (1957)

All images provided by LIFE


 


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  • willy cheesesteak

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    That shirt’s pattern/color is very nice, Josh. Also love my suede bucks, they probably get the most compliments out of the rest of my footwear besides the boots you want, lol.


  • Reggie

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    good stuff josh. god that shirt is nice


  • Milly

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    Haha. I did the exact same thing to my cords, in the exact same color. Excellent fit.


  • Phillip T. Annand

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    Well played as always brother. Big ups to the ever consistent Rog Walk as well. Inspiring me to put the Jordans down in favor of something a little more serious, but that would be sacrilegious.


  • joei

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    White and tan suede bucks are always fresh for the summer. I do think that dark suede bucks are cool for the winter to. Maybe chocolate or navy blue suede. Dope post, I was just walking past that spot like 5 min ago.


  • Kenny

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    Josh aka Cant Stop, Wont Stop. You guys can’t have a bad post. Always done well. BTW, that African brass bracelet is something serious! I guess i missed it when i saw you during “the shoot.” In addition, i would like to add that Rog Walker is beast. That is all. SE-4-LIFE! lol.


  • sssence

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    nice one here. just picked up some bucks from CH a month or so ago (on sale) and have been rocking them frequently. I really dig the plaid on the shirt and DIY corduroy’s have been all the rage this summer. Great look here, great photos and rich history. SE keeps it coming correct!


  • Coldsun

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    You know i check in all the time, and i gotta say, this is one of the best post you guys have done in a while…
    Yo i used to be addicted to ebay when i was heavy in the sneaker game, looking for rare dunks, jordans, airmaxes, and vandals…. but since i’ve moved on, i’ve neglected ebay… Clearly i need to hop back on it… that shirt is hot! So is everything else about this post, the bucks, the bracelet, the shorts… good stuff
    And yes Kenny… As Rog would say, “Get your popcorn ready”


  • Random Ray

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    Man good stuff as usual.. Say not to sound like a weirdo, but my girl and I are coming up to NY from Dallas Sept 16-19th for a quick trip & to do some shopping. It’d be great to try to link up with you guys real quick if at all possible. If not, I understand man just keep the posts coming!


  • Tom

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    Great post, I’ve never seen white bucks like these, the way they seem worn rather than crsipy white, they look a lot better this way!
    Keep up the great work!


  • ShoeBAR

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    Like Joei said over here, light suede bucks for the summer is great, but harder to pull off during the cold season.
    Btw, love the new design on the site!


  • Alex

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    Ideal summer fit right there. Your post last spring when those bucks were still box fresh is empirical evidence that this type of shoe goes hard whether they’re fresh or have the remnants of past seasons layered over the suede.


  • Raheem

        posted on August 24 , 2010 :

    I only pay attention to your hair lol, how or what do you use to get it curly on the top ?


  • Brandon

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    I was awaiting a post on the classic bucks, digging the fit but thats needless to say. And as always Rog Walker is holding it down as far as the photography goes. I might DIY some cord shorts myself having them at their normal length is pretty much useless with this Florida weather.


  • Jessie

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    Nice post and outfit – you’re handsome


  • Brighton Peer

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    Am I being blind ? I can’t see the bag description anywhere, its a great shade of green, love it.


  • CAS

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    I have always been a proponent of keeping your shoes oh so clean and crispy. But sometimes, depending on the shoe and the fit, signs of wear and tear exude character into the ensemble. Nicely done, Kissi.


  • thestreetfashion5xpro

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    Gorgeous post and shots! Lovely blog…
    Follow you follow me too!!!


  • Kristopher

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    Gotta say the shirt is just fire.. It took me a second look to realize that the pattern and colourway changes, great look. And the bag compliments it too well! Super-fresh as usual. Keep it up.

    -Peace, Love, Respect


  • iandrew

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    Classic work, once again.


  • Brendon

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    I really love buck shoes. They’re the perfect medium between casual and streetwear, pairing perfectly with corduroys, jeans, or khakis. Urban Outfitters actually has quite the variety at a reasonable price. I own a pair of blue suede bucks with a salmon-like clay sole. They sure are beauts.


  • domonic

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    Very stylish, i would love to see you guys compliment some of these dashing aesthetics you have going on with some cool jordan sneakers


  • Courtney Chenard

        posted on August 25 , 2010 :

    Perfect balance of color and neutral tones … good deal on the vintage shirt and the colors look amazing!!!! Continue the great work and cant wait to see more. ::Good job also to the amazing photographer Rog Walker::


  • Citizette.com

        posted on August 26 , 2010 :

    In. Love. I love the way that you paired these with your outfit!


  • Street-Conservative

        posted on August 26 , 2010 :

    Love the color way and the assories :)
    but josh . i would reeeaaally like to know how got your hair like that !


  • Joshua Kissi

        posted on August 26 , 2010 :

    @willy cheesesteak: Thanks Will – you’re totally right on that who can resist all suede shoes varying in color, but I think white/ivory would be kind of difficult for most people to stand by, but I like them a lot.

    @Reggie:
    Thanks Reggie, although it was a small had to get it altered lol maybe I’m too meticulous

    @Milly: Like brother , like sister lol no I may have to buy another pair for the fall/winter but leave them as pants – Their shelf life is probably one more month or so before I’m forced to wear pants

    @Phillip T. Annand: phil – thanks for bringing the madbury love over here, we both know Rog does amazing work we’re very careful on photographers we use, but he understands the vision!

    @joei: Yeah you’re right on that I wouldn’t mind wearing some more darker colors during the colder season I was naive to dismiss bucks in general because of the nubuck and light color, but by all means would wear a navy or brown chocolate when the weather isn’t too warm.


  • Joshua Kissi

        posted on August 26 , 2010 :

    @Kenny: Thanks Kenny – yeah I was sporting it during the “shoot” lol very funny how we’re referring to it ,but

    @sssence:
    Thanks Nicholas – I like Cole Hann’s version they are known for a nice sleak silhouette , but nothing too pointy that would look a bit funny , also very lightweight I noticed. very sporty

    @Coldsun:
    Kofi – if you fancy’d ebay when you were into the sneaker game you would be even more addicted now that your style is more broad there’s tons of pieces you could go looking for. I think I’m a eBay addict finding myself the most random hour of the morning looking for the most random things.

    @Random Ray: Cool, not weird at all man if time permits why not but if its a stretch maybe next time the city has a lot to offer hope you guys enjoy it . you can do a little search on a thrift stores etc in nyc

    @Tom:
    Thanks – Yes I purchased them about a year ago approx last Summer a year later they look way better than whenI first purchased them after wearing them down .


  • K.Mack

        posted on August 26 , 2010 :

    Well done Josh. The colors look fantastic on you.


  • 4,5,6

        posted on August 26 , 2010 :

    aren’t those the same bucks from a post a long time ago?
    either way great job.


  • Hank Rosenberg

        posted on August 27 , 2010 :

    excellent post again .. just purchased cole hanns


  • Jimmy

        posted on August 27 , 2010 :

    You just gave me the idea to cut my pants to shorts also!
    Nice.


  • Anon

        posted on August 27 , 2010 :

    Love the photos , Rog walker does a amazing job love the collaboration everytime!


  • Mel

        posted on August 27 , 2010 :

    Fantastic post – love the plaid shirt on you

    I wish I could get my boyfriend to dress similar to you gentleman sigh.. lol


  • ReZ

        posted on August 27 , 2010 :

    Love the new graphics you guys are using – I would love even more if you updated every single day lol but thats impossible lol you have us waiting either way!


  • Big Difference

        posted on August 27 , 2010 :

    New site, great photos there is a big difference between your last template this one loads way cleaner on my iphone also – great job gents!


  • Steve Mulligan

        posted on August 29 , 2010 :

    Nice plaid shirt -


  • JonasQBtoBK

        posted on August 29 , 2010 :

    I live by the area now Dumbo that is, would of been cool to see you guys in action shooting. I always wonder how do you pick what post you will do ?


  • Emil Costillo

        posted on August 29 , 2010 :

    I have to give you gentleman props, I came across the site about a year ago looked at it for some time then closed it because my style wasn’t relatable, but now that I’m out of H.S and my style is changing I found myself looking for a site to reference to and you guys came up first , its really a evolution. Love the suede bucks!

    good post

    take care

    Emil from CA


  • Mohammed

        posted on August 29 , 2010 :

    I saw a pair of white McNairy bucks at the Barney’s Warehouse sale for $150 that I decided to pass up. This post makes me regret that to the fullest. Maybe I’ll have another opportunity soon in life just like that one. You guys always kill it.


  • Alex S.

        posted on August 30 , 2010 :

    Style beyond years – love the hair man!


  • lavanya

        posted on August 31 , 2010 :

    nice post…those suede bucks seems very comfortable


  • Concerned

        posted on August 31 , 2010 :

    Love your website but dude hook up those knees. You are always rocking ash. Those knees straight kill that outfit.


  • Paulus A

        posted on September 1 , 2010 :

    Hey, congratulations from sweden for your website and your style. My boys and I love it.
    Just discovered this blog
    Do you guys know the brooklyn circus? http://thebkcircus.com/bkc/
    This style makes me think of it!


  • John Qual

        posted on September 1 , 2010 :

    Concerned it looks like post processing photoshop makes josh’s knees look that way you can see from previous post .

    either way awesome post fellas!


  • illtek

        posted on September 1 , 2010 :

    Nice post guys. Josh I think you forgot to lotion up before the photo shoot. Those knees look ASHY! hahahaha just clowning!


  • Joshua Kissi

        posted on September 1 , 2010 :

    @illtek: Rofl ! too funny skin etiquette : lotion on the way , but really more of a post processing thing in photo shop – coco butter for life! ! lol j/p but from the second pic I been meaning to add could see the ‘difference’ doesn’t bother me though

    @K.Mack:
    Thank you Katie

    @4,5,6: Yup same exact bucks from approximately a year ago when I bought them – after a year of pounding this is what they obviously look like today. imo much better than the crispy white ones I started with.

    @ShoeBAR: Thanks ! – I’m still quite in love with the new layout myself lol

    @Alex:
    Couldn’t have said it better myself – exactly!


  • Joshua Kissi

        posted on September 1 , 2010 :

    @Raheem: I think I explain this in every post lol – check it out mouse/conditioner combo + right texture of hair.

    @Brandon: Yeah I could imagine with Florida weather where the temperature pretty much stays up there for the most part that DIY would def suit you down there lol – paired with bucks perfect.

    @Jessie:
    Thank you

    @Brighton Peer: No this is true you’re not blind lol it had no brand name attached to it – apologies.

    @CAS: I think a lot of us could attest to that scenario especially coming from a sneaker head standpoint/background like every pair of your kicks had to be clean/ look almost brand new as if you have not worn them so much / because you have so many other ones to wear lol its interesting to see where it stems from.


  • Joshua Kissi

        posted on September 1 , 2010 :

    @thestreetfashion5xpro: Thank you , and surely will.

    @Kristopher: Thanks Kristopher it is a interesting shirt I must say – I mean we’ve seen brands from vint j.rew / opening ceremony / uniqlo take suit in similar multi pattern shirts. Respect.

    @iandrew: Thanks sir.

    @Brendon: I know exactly which ones you are referring to – they also have been done by numerous brands out there such a sweet colorway also the tan with the red brick sole bottom – chukka versions looks awesome too.


  • Joshua Kissi

        posted on September 1 , 2010 :

    @domonic: Oh yes we have done that before unfortunately it kind of changed in late 07 – you can still find images though.

    @Courtney Chenard: Thanks Courtney – your doing a great job with the site no worries keep pushing it!

    @Citizette.com: Thanks!

    @Street-Conservative: Thanks really appreciate it – just explained above and in other post.


  • James

        posted on September 2 , 2010 :

    I’ve been dying to know where you guys got the Kente Cloth Bracelets and other African Bracelets… any help? lol


  • alicia fields

        posted on September 3 , 2010 :

    Josh your hair is amazing what exact products do you use ? Sheesh I wish more guys dressed like you !


  • Winston

        posted on September 3 , 2010 :

    It’s very rare to come across black males with you guys style and its really inspiring ,what college do you or did you attend ?


  • Street-Conservative

        posted on September 4 , 2010 :

    @Joshua Kissi: I looked and didnt see it :(
    You can e-mail it to me at r.nicolette@homail.com.
    i would really appriciate it. :)


  • Allroundgyal

        posted on September 4 , 2010 :

    Oh those colors suit you very well ! and the shoes are classic.
    and you are such a good writer, I love the fact that your blog is educational! And there’s a story behind your outfits.
    hope you are doing well :)


  • The Prestige

        posted on September 5 , 2010 :

    I dont see what the big deal is. They make your feet look big and if you don’t have muscular caves they make you look like you have chicken legs.


  • The Prestige

        posted on September 5 , 2010 :

    But i agree with everyone else.. this website is actually very good and factual


  • f.p. domo

        posted on September 5 , 2010 :

    Where do you guys work to afford all this .I know you thrift and ebay but its still pricy, especially brands like billykirk bkc


  • Aaron Christian

        posted on September 6 , 2010 :

    Love the shoes. There’s a pair similar in a rust colourway from Office that i really wanna pick up.


  • mike moser

        posted on September 6 , 2010 :

    ahhh you guys are my heros… cant say enough about how good of style you guys have, love the plaid shirts and those suede bucks are absolutley ridiculous… thanks for showing us you can buy cheap tailor n still look fly… any tips on finding the best tailor to get stuff taken in and fitted?


  • Joshua Kissi

        posted on September 7 , 2010 :

    @James: I made them myself man lol coming soon.

    @alicia fields: Thank you again I cant quite find them online but – email me for more accurate product names w.e

    @Winston: Thank you sir. I’m currently not enrolled in any school and Travis is enrolled at Baruch in New York City.

    @Street-Conservative: lol its up there my friend I will go out of my way to email you though lol


  • Street-Conservative

        posted on September 9 , 2010 :

    @Joshua Kissi: okay… :(


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        posted on September 12 , 2010 :

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  • Anonymous

        posted on September 16 , 2010 :

    @Joshua Kissi:
    Thanks Josh! I’ll be waiting lol. They’re cold!!


  • Kristina

        posted on November 4 , 2010 :

    For those who may be interested, a bracelet similar to the Africa brass one can be found @ Rachel Stewart http://targetqueenjewelry.blogspot.com/ She is mainly a womens jewelry designer but she also does some fly stuff for men. On another note, I really like this blog! Makes me want to start designing menswear, maybe I will a little…but I’ll stick with womens wear for now.

    Wear it with Style fellas,

    Kristina *


  • Kristina

        posted on November 4 , 2010 :

    For those who may be interested, a bracelet similar to the Africa brass one can be found @ Rachel Stewart http://targetqueenjewelry.blogspot.com/ She is mainly a womens jewelry designer but she also does some fly stuff for men. On another note, I really like this blog! Makes me want to start designing menswear, maybe I will a little…but I’ll stick with womens wear for now.

    Wear it with Style fellas,

    Kristina *