I was reading this bit by Parka Avenue (great blog btw, "living as a Mod in the 21st Century"), check out some of the other stuff too) and it occurred to me that he absolutely has a point.
Literally no other “subculture” or whatever you want to call it (although I count Mod as actually lording above, not really on the same plane as, the others) cares so much about shoes as Mods do.
I would say however, that there is quite a bit of cross-contamination among the different scenes. Winklepickers for instance, must have been a Beatles thing. But then they were nicked by the Punks, with a few extra studs added.
My brother went through a bit of punk phase, he had some winklepicker-esque boots and some brothel creepers too (originally a Ted thing?), as well as some knee-high boots. But nowadays he doesn’t do the full punk get-up. Maybe he just likes shoes. Okay, that was a bad example.
But it is true that Mod does take ownership of the shoe area.
Everything is Mod. Oxfords, Brogues, “Broxfords”. Loafers. ALL of the loafers, from tassles to bass weejuns. Winklepickers, slip on and lace up. Chelsea Boots. Chukkas, desert boots, Jam shoes. And then everything in between.
And believe me, there is some weird stuff in between. Check out Eve & Gray. They’re taking it to new levels.
Even Wiggo is getting in on the shoe action.
What a time to be alive.
As the Barker's site is so full of riches at the moment, I thought I'd have a little game.
Can you tell which shoe is which according to their site?
NB: This is also just an excuse for me to post a set of pics of gorgeous shoes.
I have to say I like this little list that Beatnik put together. Some strong points in here for shoe-buyers, especially the last one: beware of cheap shite. Buy cheap buy twice may be a good slogan for shoes!
I'm pretty sure these are a new update to the Beatnik shoes collection - looking pretty slick. Black leather chukka boots with a choice of either black or royal blue laces.
Loafers in general are slip-on shoes we all know, but there is maximum debate to be had about the amount of decorative faff to have on them.
Here's an eclectic selection from a website I stumbled across the other day. Fucking mental, I'm sure you'll agree - the span of styles defies belief.
In some shops, we're used to finding your minimalist Bass Weejun and the fully fringed and tassled loafer is another classic. But here we've got, for instance, round-toed tassled loafers without a fringe, square toed tassled loafers without a fringe, square toed tassled loafers with a fringe, loafers with a fringe but no tassles, square-toed Bass Weejuns, suede Bass Weejuns, Bass Weejuns with metal buckle, suede Bass Weejuns with metal buckle, Bass Weejuns (and otherwise) with contrasting stitching and this doesn’t even mention the exotic range of leather colours you can find, all the way from navy blue up to oxblood burgundy and “sage” (which is apparently a kind of beige colour), including some that have contrasting tassles and leather. There are also a great many of these various styles in suede and basketweave leather.
Anyway you can check out the site here.
As Eddie Izzard once said, there is a thin line between cool and looking like a dickhead. The question raised from the chaotic pairs of shoes above is where to draw the line on experimentation.
What do you reckon?
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