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.
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’
- 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:
- Bass Brockton (SALE – 44.99) ***
- Florshiem Kearny
- Bass Buckinham
- LL Bean Classic Bucks
- Brockton Red
- Cole Haan (SALE – 99.95)***
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)
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