Shopping From Japan

Shopping from Japan – Alden SMUs

Since Winn Perry closed, I’ve looked to Japan for the best examples of Alden SMUs.  What I love about the Alden market in Japan is that most of the shoes are sized down to fit women or gents with smaller feet.  Here are some recent offerings from The Lakota House.  Unlike some more aggressive custom …

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Shopping from ebay: Gokey loafers

Here’s an unusual pair of Gokey loafers for women, available via this ebay auction. Gokey is known for their rugged, moccasin-style, handsewn boots for gents. Gokey footwear was originally designed for explorers, hunters and prospectors. Here’s a typical Gokey specimen: I’ve always aspired to own knee-high Gokey boots. I also covet Tom’s garage sale Gokey …

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Archival Loafers

by Lesli Larson “Weejun” style loafer Alden Penny Loafer (Cape Cod Collection) I’ve been wearing Weejun-style loafers since I was teen. I used to buy the Bass boy’s model since I hated the low vamp on the version for women. Since Sebago left the US market, I’ve been searching for a new source for loafers …

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Shopping from the past: Collegiate Loafers

Don Lockwood/Gene Kelly in his high vamp loafers Sir Terence Conran for Tim Little French Calf Loafers Florsheim Langsford Loafers Russell Moccasin Loafer Selection (2005 Catalog) I’ve been following the serialized publication of the Take Ivy on The Trad blog. Take Ivy documents–in candid snap views–the casual clothing styles worn by Ivy League students in …

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Archival Gent: (early era) Michael Jackson

I didn’t see this coming but I’ve become a bit of a come-lately fan of Michael Jackson (the early years). It started out with a larky screening of the video retrospective, History Volume I. Now, a week later, I find myself checking out the VHS copy of “The Making of Thriller” and including “Wanna be …

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Tin Cloth Mondays: 11/13/06

As unpaid rep for CC Filson, I’ve done very well for “my company” this week. My indirect sales report: One Filson Shelter cloth waterfowl hatOne Filson small carry-on bagNote: purchases were made by non-woodsy, bookish, urban folk supporting their local timber/logging supply store, Roberts (rumor has it that we might even be in line for …

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Shopping From Myself: Double Tin Filson Pants

Renewing my austerity vows, I’m trying to locate items from my own home closet to sport for the new Fall fashion season. It helps that I’m an epic pack rat with still unopened boxes from my last two moves (souvenirs from 2001 trip to Tokyo or a genuine Rosie O’Donnell barbie doll w/prop microphone anyone?). …

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