• The White Buck

    Style | Prep Essentials  

    White bucks are the Southside Cocktail of shoes—a seasonal refreshment under-appreciated by most men (and women). Though you can wear them easily in late spring and early autumn, they’re never more charming than in the hot, sun-filled days of summer. Pair them with a lightweight suit or just follow the advice of Thom Browne: “Wear them like they were real shoes. With seersucker, with wool, with jeans. You don’t have to dress them up.” Cole Haan’s Air Colton Oxford is the ideal white buck. They are classic in design. Its Nike Air technology testifies its comfort and the red brick EVA sole keeps you light on your feet. And for the lady at the bar in summer bucks, your Southside is on me.

    Photographed in Fort Worth, TX

    Jun 22, 2010 | Permalink (36) Total Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/28/2013 at 7:45 PM:

    @Cindy—The tie is the one place a man really gets to express his personality. The tying of it is very personal I like to think it’s outside of guidelines aimed at individuals not as acquainted with themselves.


    Cindy left a comment on 5/26/2013 at 11:12 AM:

    I love the look and the bucks are a southern tradition! The tie,however, is tied much too short! It should just touch the top of the belt.


    Andrew Revell left a comment on 1/19/2013 at 12:57 AM:

    I am a strict white buck guy, only buy the Bass white bucks, as they are the original 1950’s buck, and of course the white buck kid (Pat Boone) wore Bass exclusively.


    Joe Bill left a comment on 4/24/2012 at 9:43 AM:

    White bucks are not supposed to be “as white as teeth”. They are caled dirty bucks for a reason. Yankees!


    AJ left a comment on 4/20/2012 at 1:04 PM:

    Whats your take on the Cole Haan Air Franklin wingtip and captoe in white? They are not your traditional White Buck.. Should I get a pair of these or a classic pair? Thanks!


    theo left a comment on 9/12/2011 at 2:29 PM:

    @Tom
    I bought white bucks from Johnson and Murphy a while back. I love them, very comfy and great looking if you treat them with sufficient care. Mine are still white as teeth!!
    Sanders, Mark McNairy, Crockett & Jones sell bucks.


    Ella left a comment on 7/2/2010 at 4:50 PM:

    I agree with Ariel. I’ve lived in Fort Worth all my life and have never seen anyone so stylish and good looking. Where do you find these people? Maybe I don’t eat enough hamburgers….


    robdarko left a comment on 6/27/2010 at 11:13 AM:

    Sorry to hear that Tom but I agree with Baby Bootlegger.  All of my bucks are Bass but I bought two white pairs because I like a pristine shoe when wearing a seersucker suit.


    Baby Bootlegger left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 8:57 AM:

    @Tom
    I am STUNNED your pair of Bass Bucks fell apart.  I have a pair in white and a pair in brown.  In an effort to keep the white ones white for as long as possible, I wear them seldomly and as a result, are obviously in pristine condition.  The brown ones however, I have not been so kind to.  One of their many great qualities is they are water-proof, so of course I brought them along with me during my semester in Ireland.  From pubs to clubs (and I boogied my ass off in ‘em), Dublin to Galway, they held up great and continue to!  I’ve cleaned them since which has reduced their look from tattered and torn to just plain worn.  Today, I wear them to work daily.  Despite the scuffs they’ve suffered, in no way have their structural integrity been comprimised.  I highly recommend a pair of Bass Bucks.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/24/2010 at 10:17 PM:

    @Tom—Brooks Brothers bucks are great, great quality, good looking and very comfy, just what any prep is looking for in a buck.


    Tom left a comment on 6/24/2010 at 8:54 PM:

    Apparently, Bass isn’t the best place for bucks—I had a pair and they fell apart.  Does anyone have any other suggestions besides the Cole Hann numbers here?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/24/2010 at 3:05 PM:

    @Thomas & Christian B.—The glasses are by Eye Bobs.

    @Eric—For ribbon belts, check out Polo.  They have a leather core in between the grosgrain ribbon, making them stay put while in the D-ring and substantial in quality.


    robdarko left a comment on 6/24/2010 at 8:45 AM:

    Superb!  I tend to wear my white bucks with lighter colored pants or seersuckers to avoid a garish contrast.  LOL, I do not look like this guy so I have to play by the rules.


    M.D. Cooley left a comment on 6/24/2010 at 3:13 AM:

    @Eric : Try Eliza B./Leatherman LTD


    Eric left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 9:07 PM:

    I’ve been looking for a belt like this since the first days of spring.  Anyone have a suggestion?  Bought one from J Crew but it has too much going on.  This one is just about perfect.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 7:54 PM:

    Fred, who makes his glasses?


    Rachel left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 7:49 PM:

    who is this boy?!  what a looker!


    Ariel left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 2:47 PM:

    You found this boy in Fort Worth?  I’ve lived here for over 15 years and I’ve never seen anybody that gorgeous!


    bunny left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 1:46 PM:

    it’s a handsome summer shoe. can’t wait to see the finished lookbook :)


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 10:09 AM:

    @Naked—The tie looks wider than it actually is because the back is peeking out. I believe it’s actually only 2.75” wide.


    Naked left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 9:58 AM:

    Nice outfit. The only thing I don’t like that much is the wide tie. A narrow one would do better.


    cws left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 8:40 AM:

    White bucks are excellent…always wear them to the office during the summer. Always get some obnoxious comment…
    Beat up or perfectly white…either way is perfect.


    Thomas left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 8:37 AM:

    Great post.  Who makes the glasses? Very sharp.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 8:28 AM:

    @M.D. Cooley—The khakis are by Save Khaki.


    Andy left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 8:06 AM:

    Perfect outfit and one of the best looks in a while.  This is exactly what I’d like to get away with at the office.  Unfortunately none of my clients or my colleagues wear ties and ribbon belts haven’t gone over well.  Perhaps I could fare better with the bucks.  Ah, IT sales.


    anthony left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 7:47 AM:

    while normally i like to spar with Laguna Beach Trad, i’d agree with everything he said and note that this is one of the best rigged ensembles in a long time on here.

    my favorite nuance is how the white stripe in the grosgrain belt picks up the shoes.


    Laguna Beach Trad left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 7:29 AM:

    Everything about this photo is perfect. I am an advocate of white bucks and have worn them for years. My current collection includes a pair of white buck loafers from Johnston & Murphy.


    M.D. Cooley left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 2:59 AM:

    Is this unabashedly prep or am I lost? I am confused as to how so many people are against white bucks, they are a classic summer essential for preps.

    Where are his pants from F.E.C ?


    Emmy left a comment on 6/23/2010 at 1:14 AM:

    Though I’m generally not a fan of white bucks, this man pulls off the entire look marvelously. He looks comfortable and the style is effortless. Plus it doesn’t hurt that he’s cute :)


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/22/2010 at 11:41 PM:

    Brilliant look! Makes me rethink about the white bucks. The guy in the picture is perfect, everything works perfectly cordinated.


    allen left a comment on 6/22/2010 at 11:23 PM:

    white bucks are great. save your $ and get cheap bucks from bass


    K. Nights left a comment on 6/22/2010 at 9:35 PM:

    You people are insane, white bucks awesome. I like his glasses as well.


    nopda left a comment on 6/22/2010 at 8:52 PM:

    nice comment form!

    but not even the cary grant of preppies could make white bucks look good, in my opinion.


    nopda left a comment on 6/22/2010 at 8:50 PM:

    I like many preppie looks, but the attraction of white bucks will ever elude me.


    gld left a comment on 6/22/2010 at 7:14 PM:

    I love this photo. The white bucks are so classy, but the rest of the outfit is too! As a woman I totally go for this style (minus the tie and with Sperry’s instead) for a casual day at the office. Also, extra style points for the glasses.


    Ashley Shugart left a comment on 6/22/2010 at 7:14 PM:

    Someone eats at Kincaids… a lot.


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