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Archival Field Trip: Timber Bowl

Backdate to 12/08 Bowling in small doses (say, once every five years) is OK since you get to wear stylistically and historically codified footwear (like an interactive module in a shoe museum). While bowling has inspired fashion oriented footwear, my minimal field research shows little evidence that streetwear has influenced bowling shoe designs. At Timber …

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Archival Footwear: Chaussures de Vélo

Overheard these shoes on one of my favorite cycling specific internet discussion boards (by way of the Miami cycling blog, La Rueda Tropical).  Available through Cycles Alex Singer. And here’s a link to another source for dress cycling shoes (to wear with your Bicycle Fixation herringbone knickers). Shoes by Dromarti (was Marresi?). Addendum: a nice photo …

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Archival Field Trip: Winn Perry

Jordan Sayler, owner and operator of Winn Perry, is one of the nicest, next generation archival gents you’ll ever meet. On Saturday, friend Erin and I drove up to take photographs of Sayler’s shop and browse his Billy Kirk bag selection (and Obedient Sons dress shorts) . Erin originally found Winn Perry while tracking down …

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From the Archives: The Field Country Magazine

In 2003, I was a brief subscriber to The Field magazine, a UK outdoor (Town and Country type) publication with an emphasis on rare breed animal husbandry, charity shooting events, grouse hunting, gentleman farming (slug abatement), fly fishing, fox hunting and real estate (manors and mansions). I mainly read the magazine for the “faces in …

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Archival Footwear: Traditional Leather Touring Shoes

Carnac Forclaz (discontinued) Vintage leather cycling shoes (anon.) ExIT cycling shoes by Jeff Mandel Bata bikers (discontinued) Sidi leather touring shoes (discontinued) Bata “badminton” shoes (discontinued) If I had to design my own line of footwear–I’d repurpose leather cycling shoes and advise folks to wear cushioning insoles. At the Oregon Manifest handbuilt bike show, I …

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Shopping from the UK: Oxfords and Brogues

If I were a guy, I’d be broke. At least that’s what I think each time I look at websites selling beautiful, handmade/handsewn leather shoes for men like Leather Soul Hawaii, Ben Silver, Alden Shoes of Carmel, Harry’s Shoes and even Sierra Trading Post. For the most part, there’s a radical absence of decent shoes …

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Future Purchase: Alden Surgical Boots

Ever since a friend commented that my snappy lace-up ankle boots looked like a pair her father wore to correct for a clubfoot condition I’ve started to look into purchasing footware through medical/surgical supply markets. My first fashion find was a pair of surgical boots from Alden of New England. In lieu of the usual …

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