Few elements in a man's daily dress are as interesting as the sight of a richly patinated pair of highly polished brown shoes, like the 45 year old brogued casuals from W. S. Foster & Son in the photograph.
Shoes should be polished because the gleam of the leather complements the silk of the necktie as the two light-reflecting elements of the day's clothes. That polish also lets us manage the amount of patination over time. A wax or cream that is slightly lighter than the shoe will keep the color relatively constant over the years, and that can be exactly what we want for summer shoes. For the rest of the shoe wardrobe, a darker shade of polish will darken the shoe, adding to the antiqued look.
That variegated finish does not come with black. It is the province of the brown shoe, and should usually be encouraged
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Photo: W. S. Foster