When looking at Laurence Fellows illustrations of men in summer outfits from the thirties and forties, you clearly see well dressed men, in stylish, elegant and classic clothing for almost all occasions during the summer.
The pictures below depict well dressed men from shorts to less formal clothing at the beach or boat clubhouse, be it enjoying a cocktail with friends, colleagues, associates or even business partners or just relaxing and cooling off during the heat of the day. Pictures clearly show that men took a quick look at the mirror before exiting their doors. Hmmm. I lament those days....
I wish men of the day would put a little effort in their appearances and looks, instead of the dreadful, appalling hanging baggy shorts or trousers, showing their under garments, be it briefs or under shirt (tee shirt) in the middle of town. Please, appropriate clothing for the occasion and I wish not to see any under garments where not appropriate.
Anthony Delos is a very unique and bold shoemaker, for the day I picked up the below boot in crocodile and leather, but the colour will make any rock musician red with envy, eh ...not forgetting the Harley Davidson riding guys. Enjoy and have a pleasant weekend.
Anthony Delos rendition of a biker boot in collaboration with HD Motor Cycles
The French boot & shoe bespoke shoemakers are one of a kind. For the day I have to mention Mr. Pierre Cortay French Bespoke boot & shoemaker. His renditions of shoes/boots are like products made for a Royal court. His patina and colouring of the shoe hide has no match, some are truly bold but very elegant, tasteful and stylish. They may not be a the preferred cup of tea for some English gents, but...alas they are beautiful, look and judge for yourself.
The "court shoemaker" Mr. Pierre Cortay
A blue whole cut oxford, wow looking.
Two tier orange derby, bold but interesting choice of colour
Red two tier derby
Three tier Derby in an amazing patina
A boring Chelsea boot compared to the other shoes above
A Chukka Boot in a beautiful burgundy brown patina
A normal brown three tie wing cap toed derby
Pictures sourced from the internet (different sources)
For the day I have sampled two pairs of green coloured shoes as renditioned by the Northampton (England) bespoke boot and shoemaker Gaziano and Girling. Both shoes are from the Made To Order services of G&G.
Below a double monk (Oakham) in racing green leather and green suede.
A balmoral oxford (Kent) in racing green leather and green suede
A must have accessory for the Summer is a Panama hat. Despite the name, genuine Panama hats are made in Ecuador, and not in Panama. The hats are from fine weaved leaves palm or also known Carludovia palmata. In Ecuador the hats are better known as sombrero de paja toquilla.
For all true Shoe Aristo Cats, shoe lovers and shoe collectors the Panama hat is a must have for the Summer, so forget about the baseball caps that are seen all over and worn by men of all ages. Let us keep it classic, stylish and elegant when protecting us from the Sun.
A Panama Hats Ad from 1902
An illustration of a Panama hat from Esquire magazine from the 1930's
For the day, whilst it is Summer, I have sampled a spectator by Gaziano & Girling of England. The spectator (St. Ives) as named by G&G is in vintage oak and ivory suede, made on the G&G round last (GG06). The shoe is a made to order sample.
To complement your G&G spectators, pair them with a cream coloured linen suit, add a Panama hat to the ensemble, then a you will look smashing and dashing for the tropics.
For the day, I have sampled a double monk as renditioned by the duo bespoke boot and shoemakers Gaziano & Girling from Northampton (England). The "Oakham" as named by G&G is a made to order (MTO) double monk, which means you can get it in any colour or hide you wish. Below are a few examples of the Oakham, a very beautiful shoe.
One can not blog about shoes & not mention Anthony Delos a bespoke boot and shoemaker from France. Mr. Delos a young man in his thirties but with an extensive long experience in the shoe crafting trade. Mr. Delos produces very unique classical, stylish and elegant timeless pieces of foot wear. Enjoy.