The Lady Prefers Gentleman Shoes
31/12/2010 § 1 Comment
2010 saw women everywhere stepping into brogues, wingtips and oxfords. Through a lucky series of events, I received a pair of men’s camel oxfords by Common Projects that quickly became my go-to shoes. While I frequently draw upon menswear for ideas in my own wardrobe, it was the first time my footwear reflected this source of inspiration, and I loved how the oxfords instantly smartened up any outfit.
Lost in a Supermarket posted some beautiful pictures of the very similar F/W 2010 5-hole version in August:
After a few months, my 3-hole pair appear a bit lived-in, and I love them even more. I also decided to take out the laces, for a touch of insouciance. When I was in London this month, I was stopped in Tesco by an older professorial-looking gentleman wondering how I forgot my laces. He was quite puzzled.
For those unwilling to wear men’s shoes, many women’s shoemakers ventured into the masculine, with varying levels of success. One of my absolute favorite lines is by Dieppa Restrepo:
“Inspired by classic gentleman’s style, Dieppa Restrepo is a sophisticated unisex collection of shoes founded by Colombian duo Andrea Vargas Dieppa and Elisa Restrepo. Blurring the division between the sexes, the collection is refined, androgynous and elegant. The shoe is the quintessential grown up sneaker: beautiful and simple enough for the chic and fashion-minded, yet comfortable and durable enough for their contemporary urban lifestyle. The shoe is a walking dichotomy, both non-intrusive and timeless, yet modern and undeniably present.”
You can find Dieppa Restrepo at Maryam Nassir Zadeh (123 Norfolk Street, at Rivington, New York). Added bonus: they currently have a few models on sale! So if Santa didn’t bring you enough androgyny this Christmas, you can take care of that yourself. My favorites are the black on black Coca Colo, just in case you were feeling generous…