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April 30, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Saion

Summer is officially here in England; it is always sunny, hardly rains and the light colored shoes are beginning to come out, at least by me that is. So with that in mind I figured that I would display a couple of good options for the summer season, by one of my favorite Japanese makers, Saion. Now you will find that in England there are many ‘gentleman’ who wouldn’t dare wear tan (or any shade like it) with blue/navy trousers, jeans or any other pant for that matter. And to me this is a mistake. Maybe I am not a ‘gentleman,’ in the traditional British meaning of the word, but when the sun comes out those two colors go together like white on rice.

As a matter of fact, I have an antiqued tan pair on today, as it is looking like it is going to be a marvelous day. And because the sun is becoming a common thing these days, I dare you, my dear readers, to fight your urge to wear black and grab your lighter colored shoes, and if you don’t have a pair, go and buy one. It will truly open up the possibilities that you can manage to muster up in your wardrobe and give you a nice summer glow about you!! Enjoy the pics!

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  • Bob

    Greetings from cold, rainy Seattle! No nice days here, yet. Wondering if you’ve seen Grenson’s new Archie V? Thumbs up or down? I still ask WWJD before any new purchase…


  • Anonymous

    I have noticed in your blog posts some makers and yourself get a variety of colored laces, such as your lavender flat shoe lace. Where do you source these? Great blog btw

  • Hey Bob – Thanks for writing!! It’s good to hear from you. I hope that you have been treated well in my absence. Give my regards to Mark. As far as the Archie V, I would not condone it. I am not a fan of the white platform sole. I like the uppers but just can’t get the sole out of my mind. I can say though, that I one time saw a gentleman wearing them with a pair of jeans and they looked alright but I don’t think that I would put them on myself. That being if they look good on you and you like them, then go for it, but I will leave that up to you!!

    Won’t be able to make it home this year but will definitely try for the next. Looking to launch my shoe line by Jan. 2012 if all goes well! Talk soon.

    Anonymous – I received mine from Markowski:

    Most French shoemakers will sell them, Paul Smith does as well, but I don’t believe that his are flat. Best of luck and glad that you enjoy the blog. Thanks!

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

  • Ben

    ” Maybe I am not a ‘gentleman,’ in the traditional British meaning of the word, but…”

    Perhaps a random musing but is it possible to be both a gentleman and a snob? Maybe? If wearing tan shoes excludes one from being a gentleman then I’ll take the shoes every time. Love the suede asymmetric 🙂


  • Ben – Perhaps you are right!! Yes, indeed the term ‘gentleman’ can no longer mean what it used to as times have changed. But I agree, I would rather wear what I please than be considered this or that!

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”