Travis Gumbs: When discussing shoes, the sole of the shoe may very well be the least interesting topic. That’s ironic when you consider that the sole is easily the most important part of a shoe.
With several historic outdoor brands returning to relevancy in the fashion world, shoes featuring a crepe sole have also seen a rise in popularity. The great insulation the crepe sole provides is what makes them so special. Soldiers based in North Africa during WWII wore crepe sole boots as a means for additional protection from the climate. The comfort and light sound the crepe sole creates help separate them from other soles.
- Unlabeled Buffalo plaid hat
- Babour quilted jacket
- Vintage tweed trousers
- Bstore boots
Though I’ve only had this Barbour jacket for a couple of months, it’s already undoubtedly one of my favorite jackets. Quilted olive paired with brown suede is the epitome of classic menswear. Making quality wax and quilted jackets isn’t anything new for Barbour. It’s a craft they’ve been honing for more than a century.
The pants are yet another vintage find. I came across these tweed pants about a year ago. They’ve been in heavy rotation following some extensive tailoring. I love the pleats and high-waisted fit on these.
These BStore crepe sole boots were a sale find at Opening Ceremony. The deep blue almost looks black under certain lighting.
Readers that have been following us for some time now know that we are big fans of the Clark desert boot, arguably the most popular crepe sole shoe of our time. Below is a picture of the very stylish Steve McQueen wearing a pair of crepe soled desert boots.
“Using a process of coagulation creates the crinkled rubber texture of crêpe rubber. This process calls for the combination of coagulated latex with some natural form of coagulum. Often, the nature element used is some type of shell or earth scrap, as well as tree lace. The combined material is ran through large rollers that are known as crepers. Generally, each batch is ran through the crepers several times, allowing the finished product to achieve the density, thickness, and texture that is desired for a particular product…“
Photos by Joshua Kissi