Shoemakers G. J. Cleverley are on their appointed rounds in the United States this month, and one of the shoes featured is the elastic sided half brogue pictured here, which is an unusual take on an already unusual shoe in that there is elastic only on the instep instead of both sides. It is definitely a cleaner look compared to its double elasticized cousins.
My own contribution to shoe consumption this year will be a pair of black calf and white buck slipons in the style favored by the late Duke of Windsor. The combination is the appropriate one for summer evenings when solid black just looks wrong under cream colored trousers. I had held off on this order for some time, thinking it rather frivolous to have a pair of shoes just to wear with my only cream suit, a double breasted from some one-off tropical Rangoon that J&J Minnis ran for a customer and which eventually found its way into my hands. But after turning it over in my head for a while I concluded that the shoes will be useful paired with gray odd trousers generally, and I wear those with some frequency. And so, perhaps, not so frivolous.
Frivolity aside, I have to say that the linen jacket Napolisumisura delivered the other day, just in time to be stored for six months, is a thing of beauty. Soft shouldered and buggy lined, it is by far the best made thing I have for warm weather. And, being a cream linen double breasted itself, it also helps assuage my conscience when I think of those black and white spectators.