Footwear Etiquette: Stacy Adams General Style 47 Comments

Joshua Kissi: Earlier this fall, Travis and I were asked by the people at footwear brand Stacy Adams to participate in a discussion pertaining to personal style in correlation with classic pieces. The usage of the term “classic” is perpetually tossed around menswear, but rightfully so, since we question what makes a piece—from shoes to outerwear— a classic.

My own interpretation of “classic” is that it withstands the test of time, peaking its head in every generation and providing the opportunity for newer individuals to re-interpret it a new way. This can be something minor such as wearing the Madison boot with shorts like Travis and myself are doing or going all out and putting your spin on the piece.


Stacy Adams presents: The Brockton feat – Street Etiquette from Keven Ringgold on Vimeo.

At 21 years old, you’ve only had time to obtain a certain amount of knowledge. With that considered, Trav and I saw it as an insightful opportunity to discuss  personal style with an older gentleman. Jon tells us how the Madison boot, or “Stacys” as he calls them, was his go-to shoe for formal occasions while growing up in West Philadelphia. Though researching text is beneficial, it can’t compare to hearing these stories from someone who experienced it. This resonates with one of the main points of our site, which is referring to history to help  guide the present and future.

Fit Details -

Travis

Joshua

  • GAP Tweed Vest (2006 F/W)
  • Vintage denim shirt
  • J.Crew corduroy pants (DIY’ed into shorts)
  • Billy Kirk belt
  • Ralph Lauren silk handkerchief
  • Stacy Adams Brockton Madison Boot

A stone’s throw away in Harlem, specifically the neighborhood of Morningside, we circled familiar environments and came across a nice park to embark on the discussion further.

Our friend Sean Sullivan of the The Impossible Cool shot and edited the video.

A special thanks to the Stacy Adams Brockton team. We’d also like to extend thanks to Jon for taking the time to exchange words with us.

History:  ”Stacy Adams and men who know style have been a perfect fit for over 100 years. Founded in 1875 in Brockton, Massachusetts by William H. Stacy and Henry L. Adams, the Stacy Adams Shoe Company has long been a part of American Culture. From the roaring 20?s and the post war boom, to prohibition and the jazz era, Stacy Adams has been there.”


 



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  • james r

        posted on December 1 , 2010 :

    Great post guys. I always look forward to the style as well as the history you guys bring to each post


  • Anonymous

        posted on December 1 , 2010 :

    Hi guys, i love your blog its inspirational. after reading through some of your blog im thinking of starting up my own, is there any tips you could give to help me out a little?


  • Dee O.

        posted on December 1 , 2010 :

    Lovely post! I totally agree with your definition of classic, classic pieces withstand the test of time and lace themselves throughout history :) I love the way you guys weave fashion & history together so seamlessly! Those shoes are fantastic as well. Keep up the great work!

    That GOOD GOOD Blog


  • Kristopher

        posted on December 1 , 2010 :

    Yes. finally, been waiting and waiting and waiting for a new post haha usually checking the site at least twice a day for an update. I’m not mad though, this is a busy time of the year for everyone, especially the students. But this is a great post. I love the footage and its good to hear you guys speak in the video. Definately added a whole new dimension to what you guys are doing. I really like both the tweed pieces that the two of you are wearing and it goes without saying that the boots are fire. Great job. Keep up the good work.


  • Sarai

        posted on December 1 , 2010 :

    You guys were at Howard a few weeks ago doing a panel presentation. I am a freshman there. You have no idea how badly I wanted to go. But, I had a mandatory meeting at exactly the same time. This is my favorite blog. This is actually, the only blog that I really read. A lot of female fashion blogs seem so conceited somehow. Also, it’s beautiful to see well-dressed, well-spoken Black men. That might sound strange for me to say, since I go to Howard, but these are mostly boys and not men. But, well, I love this video and I hope you decide to come back to Howard sometime!


  • Anonymous

        posted on December 1 , 2010 :

    I am the son of a minister and the one requirement for a minister in the rural south were I grew up and live, is the fact that every “Reverend” must own a pair of “Stacys.” When I received my first suit my parents bought me a pair of Stacy Adams, which I own to this day at the age of 29. The brand is one that seems to have been lost to many of this younger generation, but the quality of this brand still holds it wait in gold. Thanks you guys for shining light on this brand and keep doing what you do. http://www.urbandavinci.com


  • Istanbulboy

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    A very interesting post! Introduced a new brand to me. I really like your use of the video. Love your beads and the pocket square too! Always inspirational! Thanks!

    Istanbulboy


  • Steven A

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    Glorious as always! Great info I can’t get the image of Ving Rhames in baggy pimp clothing with strawberry colored shoes out of my head , I’m glad this brand is working with Street Etiquette on some type of level.

    Keep up the good work.


  • James Lum

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    josh, love the post, honesty is the best policy. so, i’ll say, haven’t been inspired by y’all in a while. loving the look, but not feeling the crew neck T under the button down. i like the color contrast, but i never break this rule of mine. if youre gonna go crew, it oughta be the top layer.


  • CAS

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    Alright fellas.. been waiting a min for this one. The video pieces bring a whole other dimension to the posts and really bring the subject matter you are discussing to life! Just nitpicking here, but it seems a little warm for Trav to be wearing a tweed blazer if ya’ll are wearing shorts. Other than that, great work as usual!


  • Neef @ACLeagueLow

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    Great post guys. I hear of Stacy Adaams all of the time from my grandfather, there are truly is life long staple. This brand has actually been stereotyped as a african american brand for the sutis styles that were brought up in the 90s and early 2000s but you guys have managed to keep it “classic”, great work my brothas

    Hanif of ACL


  • Tom

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    I’ve never heard of stacy adams but from what I’ve seen in your brilliant video, they have an amazing heritage. It’s nice to see an opinion from an older gentleman in the video as well, it feels like it’s connecting history with the modern much more effectively than just black and white photos! Brilliant, really amazing work guys. Just two questions, who was the music to the video by? And seondly, Travis, did you get the tweed jacket online or in a store/market? It looks really great, Keep inspiring us gentlemen!


  • jmeel

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    Great post. Wish I could get a pair of them Cognac Brocktons in the UK…


  • jayar moten

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    as always, the video was epic. I’ll wait to call the particular jazz song until later, but it wreaks of familiarity. As young guys, to call on the wisdom of the elders to speak on the experience of style before it was classic is ever so cool guys. Thanks for giving us yet another post. I feel like giving a response can not possibly add to the already dope experience of reading this.


  • Joshua Kissi

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    @james r: Thanks James.

    @Anonymous: Sure, just make sure you have patience for your blog to actually pick up , with everything it takes time depending on what you choose to blog look at the best blogs in your category , and just make sure the presentation is up to par , shy away from blogspot etc. There’s a lot more to it , but hope you gathered some useful info.

    @Kristopher: Apologies , on the delay of postings in November and that’s to everyone but trust me it was for the best reasons to keep things up to par we have so much more ideas and post of inspiration for you guys!

    @Sarai: hey Sarai , we had a wonderful time at Howard U mens panel it was amazing to see the result , that was our first time attending a school to speak on the behalf of Street Etiquette, and it surely should not be our last there. Thank you for your kind words!

    @Anonymous: That’s awesome. There’s a story to tell with the brand especially when you discuss how the brand has been the ‘go to’ shoe for the older generation. I’m first generation of my family so my personal case is a little bit different, but its great to see a shoe deep rooted in a culture, I’m pretty sure a lot of people haven’t heard Stacy Adams in our generation and if they do they’re familiar with what ‘Steven A’ commented on which is the more suiting aspect. For myself and travis we loved the look of the madison boot , and its details but when as we found out more from Jon it made us appreciate the brand even more.


  • Sassncurlz

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    Very nicely done. I remember my that is all my uncle would wear–Stacy Adams!


  • Sierra

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    I love your blog. The information you all write about is well versed and researched. The time you put into your craft shows and is much appreciated!
    xoxo sierra
    http://www.runwayrundown.com


  • khordkutta

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    So Im looking @ the Madison in Black seriously considering purchasing, but I have a question for you gentlemen, why did you choose the “2-hook” version as opposed to the “4-hook” style?!?


  • jmeel

        posted on December 2 , 2010 :

    Just bagged a sweet pair of tan madisons on ebay shortly after seeing this. Just what i was looking for to get me through winter!


  • Style Matters

        posted on December 3 , 2010 :

    Just saw this on Hypebeast. Great video. I like how you respect the old school and give some history in every post.


  • Helli

        posted on December 3 , 2010 :

    hey, its such a pleasure to see Travis again! :)


  • Joshua

        posted on December 3 , 2010 :

    @Istanbulboy: Hey , thanks a lot for the compliments I’m glad we had the opportunity to expose you to a new brand they have such rich history as we were discussing with other commenters , order some shoes and see how you like them.

    @Steven A: No blame here my friend, that’s the only recollection some of us have so its important to show different sides of the brand and one of the main reasons the brockton collection came about I think.

    @James Lum:
    You’re totally right James, no hard feelings at all it’s a style preference sometimes you have to know the ‘rules’ well enough to kind of break them and express yourself.

    @CAS: Thanks! It was a beautiful day with some breeze so it wasn’t too hot to wear a blazer wish we could have that for a longer period of time!
    @Neef @ACLeagueLow: Hey Neef, I think we can all agree here with their deep history witihin the African American community , we just applied the boots to our style , guys like Jon back in the day would sport them a bit different but that’s the beautiful thing about it


  • Anonymous

        posted on December 3 , 2010 :

    just discovered this blog. it´s really nice to see so well dressed people! lovely!


  • KHEMET

        posted on December 5 , 2010 :

    Very smooth video shoot. The vibes are always right in the garment and musical aspect.


  • Shak G.

        posted on December 5 , 2010 :

    Hey this goes out to Travis. Were you at David Z. in Soho yesterday night around 7 or so? I was the kid wearing the white knitted sweater I’m pretty sure I saw you come in. I think we may have made eye contact and I didn’t realize it was you until you had walked out the door, which is a shame because I would’ve enjoyed talking to you. If it was you of course in the first place.


  • zoe

        posted on December 5 , 2010 :

    Fantastic article! I truly love how it is easy on my eyes and the info are well written. I am wondering how I can be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which should do the trick! Have a nice day


  • ds {ms.shoo}

        posted on December 5 , 2010 :

    I’m loving this feature. I love style through history. You guys always leave me more than impressed. I remember hearing “Stacy Adams” name often, but never thought to explore deeper, thanks for informing me.


  • Mark Walker

        posted on December 6 , 2010 :

    Dopeness simplified. The fits are just inspirational. You guys have completely changed the way I dress and present myself. Keep it up my brothas.


  • illtek

        posted on December 6 , 2010 :

    Another quality post fellas. I can see some companies notice your influence. Hope they paid you well. ;-)


  • Aaron M

        posted on December 7 , 2010 :

    Another post a classic item that guys can wear their own way.

    I’ve had at least one pair of Madisons since ’84…they were featured in the Village Voice…dragged my Columbia U friends up to 125th & St. Nick to buy them. The last is narrow and elegant, just as it was when it was born…100 years ago? Long time, anyway.

    Folded into your promo vid is the S-A goal of publicizing the “Brockton Originals” line. On the S-A website, standard Madison sre about 125 while “Brockton Originals” are about 175. Can you explain the difference in the leathers or the quality of make? I ask sincerely.

    Yours in Brooklyn,

    Aaron M.


  • steezE mCbreezy

        posted on December 7 , 2010 :

    @james r:
    Does anyone have any thoughts about a double breasted slim charcoal suit with button suspenders?


  • steezE mCbreezy

        posted on December 7 , 2010 :

    hey josh, I know clarks has desert boots but what do you think about JCREWs mcallister boot? why dont you or travis ever wear the mcallister boots?


  • steezE mCbreezy

        posted on December 7 , 2010 :

    Dear Josh and travis,
    I think suits are one of the most important things in a mans wordrobe.
    Do you guys think you would ever post a page about suits?
    Maybe some pictures of sharp suits?
    It would be helpful and inspirational.

    SteezE Mcbreezy


  • SnowBlack

        posted on December 7 , 2010 :

    Constantly loving what you two do with fashion and trends. Keep it up.


  • D.Mel

        posted on December 8 , 2010 :

    You guys are so cool!


  • D.Mel

        posted on December 8 , 2010 :

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  • D.Mel

        posted on December 8 , 2010 :

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  • Mateo

        posted on December 8 , 2010 :

    Great video. I always incorporate everything to my own style ’cause like you (Joshua) mentioned before.


  • TO

        posted on December 8 , 2010 :

    Hey Travis, this is Tim from Opening Ceremony on Monday. I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to share your insight with me. You help run a great blog and seem to be an even greater person! I am back in Canada now, done my whirlwind Manhattan trip and can’t wait for my next trip to the city.

    All the best,
    TO


  • Morris

        posted on December 8 , 2010 :

    Love the site and new look!
    See also: The Art of Manliness web site at http://www.theartofmanliness.com


  • sarahlee

        posted on December 8 , 2010 :

    dope shoes. the shoes have so much characteristics once it ages..! Only if they had those for women…


  • JK

        posted on December 20 , 2010 :

    @Tom: Hey Tom – its definitely bringing the aspect of including black/white photos into reality by speaking to Jon it was definitely a expereince and I’m interested in getting more under way hopefully. The music is coltrane/davis I forget what song in particular I’m guessing someone could help you out with that , and Travis got his blazer off of eBay.

    @jmeel:
    Thanks sir , maybe you can do a phone order I know ‘In God We Trust’ carries them also.

    @jayar moten: The older guys laid down the ‘cool’ things for younger guys like us to appreciation we all love the miles davis’s / marvin gaye’s / Muhammad Ali / James Dean / etc

    @Sassncurlz: No problem , and it’s true definitely linked to a lot of us.

    @Sierra: much appreciated, thank you.


  • JK

        posted on December 20 , 2010 :

    @khordkutta: Hey , the 4 hook style is no doubt a awesome boot to have especially for the winter, it was early fall so we opted out for the 2 hook style which the brockton collection provides, and taking into consideration we have shorts on lol. Both are awesome though.

    @jmeel: Nice! your equipped.
    @Style Matters:
    Thank you , always the mission.

    @Anonymous: Thank you check out our links section to see other great blogs/sites/forums

    @KHEMET: Appreciated, music and style is such a close mix of things people forget to realize we have something coming in the future that will show for that!


  • S I L V E R

        posted on December 23 , 2010 :

    greetings from finland.
    great blog. omgwau

    //silver


  • Maj Anthony

        posted on December 28 , 2011 :

    Greatly intrigued by the style possession by you two, I’m only 16


  • Maj Anthony

        posted on December 28 , 2011 :

    Greatly intrigued by the style posessed by you two, I’m only 16 but, I’ve come to grow my own sense of style, some inspiration coming from your posts. Example: The Stacey Adams Santana tassle loafers that I recently bought genuine snakeskin.


  • hmm

        posted on February 21 , 2014 :

    This is great, haha