Friday, May 20, 2011
There being little else to complain about on my shoe shelves, 2012 will be the year for slip-on Norwegians, or at least it will if the shoes I ordered this month are delivered when they ought to be. I set out to replace a pair of Edward Green monks that remain too large despite several remakings that accomplished nothing noticeable, and a pair of G&G's with contrast colored aprons that I have just never cared for (interested parties will find them in rarely worn condition for sale at a great price at A Shine & Co at One Embarcadero in San Francisco).
One of the replacements will be a pair of Cleverley's de Rede Norwegians in brown pigskin and the other the W. S. Foster Norwegians to the right in the photo, but colored like the variegated mid-brown of their butterfly slipons to the left (I did consider the butterflys, but Foster's Emma Lakin agreed that the butterfly straps can chafe the top of the wearer's foot so that ruled them out). Neither is what one might think of as an adventurous choice however they will be just the thing to wear with cotton, linen, and even tweed in the Northern California town that is my workplace these days. And though I would not take them to London they do make perfect airplane shoes for a trip to Italy.
A year for Norwegians, indeed.