Sportswear is America's fashion child. It’s about living, and that’s where America has made its mark. In the early 1920’s, American golfers, following the Duke of Windsor’s lead, brought two-tone shoes to the greens long before they appeared on the feet of jitterbugging adolescents. Girls of the 1950’s typically paired saddle shoes with skirts, a while blouse and bobby socks. Although the normal coloration is white and black, today, they’re worn by both men and women in a variety of style and colors.
Cole Haan Derby Saddle Ox ($200)
Johnston & Murphy, Ralph Lauren, J.Crew and others each have their take on the classic, but Cole Haan’s Air Derby Saddle Ox is a great find. It’s Nike Air technology makes this saddle shoe light and comfortable. In navy/white, they subtly hint at the gentlemanly demeanor found on the links (I also own their brown suede/leather saddle for fall). Pair the brown variations with a multi-stripe sock from Smart Turnout. Come summer, lace them up sock-less with your shorts and seersucker trousers.