• Crazy Saddles


    Not unlike most polarizing characters, Mark McNairy is an acquired taste. You either love him or hate him. Naturally, his fashion designs elicit a similar response. The former J.Press creative director launched Mark McNairy New Amsterdam in 2008 and has been unapologetically infusing streetwear into menswear ever since.

    Most of his creations embody a severe twist on preppy staples—white bucks with go-to-hell green soles, gingham button down shirts with "NEW YORK" emblazoned across the chest, camouflage print suede longwings. The majority of his offerings are not for me; however, these crazy saddle shoes I love—quirky, but still with a traditional silhouette. Each panel is a different, yet subtle, shade of brown leather and suede. McNairy's kicks are crafted by Sanders, located in Northampton, England. I've been lacing these up for the last three months—they go with everything, while keeping the "crazy" below the ankles.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Permalink (11) Total Comments

    Saturdays left a comment on 3/15/2013 at 12:01 AM:

    @Andrew - I don’t know about the chukkas, but from what I understand the oxfords are made by Sanders in UK. They are pretty reputable brand with good quality shoes and have a lot of life in them.

    Andrew left a comment on 3/14/2013 at 3:24 PM:

    Hey Fred,

    These look pretty awesome! I bought a pair of Mark Mcnairy chukka boots some time ago and the quality is awful. The soles wore down about half an inch after about 5 wears and the leather looked as if I left them out in a rainstorm. Do you know if this is common with his shoes? How’s the quality of these?


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 3/12/2013 at 3:33 AM:

    Those are awesome! I own about 4 different pair of saddles. My fav style of walkers hands down!

    Dan left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 11:48 PM:

    Do they say Manifest Destiny on the sole? I’m playing of course, these shoes aren’t bad and I don’t begrudge you for posting about them, I just really can’t get behind McNairy after that debacle and his non-apology.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 10:31 PM:

    @Winston—I wear saddle shoes in the fall and winter.

    Bobby left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 9:42 PM:

    Long time reader, first time writer. I’ve got a pair of these as well that I’ve been breaking in recently. It definitely adds that extra bit of go-to-Hell attitude that’s needed for the southern coastal prep.

    Winston left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 7:45 PM:

    Do you wear saddle shoes year round?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 5:14 PM:

    @Jane—Yes. Please keep in mind I only share things here that I personally own. Sometimes I am gifted product, but I am under no obligation to feature that here. If I do, it is because I wear the product(s) in question. I state this in my “about me” section.

    Jane left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 4:54 PM:

    Did you buy these with your own, hard earned money?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 4:12 PM:

    @John Paul—It is actually the other way around. Bowling shoes often mimic saddle shoes and other dress shoes. The “quirk” is that every panel of the shoe is a different shade/type of leather.

    John Paul left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 3:47 PM:

    They’re meant to look like bowling shoes, right?  That’s the “quirk”?