• Saddle Up

    Prep Essentials  

    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)

    Images via Sears, Johnston & Murphy, Cole Haan, J.Crew and Ralph Lauren

    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.

    Oct 21, 2009 | Permalink (1) Total Comments

    L.A.S left a comment on 10/20/2009 at 8:17 AM:

    I’m feeling the modern Cole Haan version above.  The elongated toe updates this classic shoe.  While I am more of a bucks kinda guy, the saddle shoe has a great charm/history to it.