Bates Floaters

A kind of American version of the Original Playboys, Bates Floaters from the Wolverine Shoe Corp had a similar profile to the playboy but with a man made cushion sole. Often featuring a shearling or mock shearling inner, they were featured as comfort shoes or more commonly bad weather or apres-ski boots. The brand still… Continue reading Bates Floaters

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Last Gasp of Summer…

Just when it was all about to go autumnal and fall, just as Herb Lester emailed me last week to say ‘great weather, all corduroy and suede chukkas’ we get the Indian Summer of a lifetime. Back to Madras and white Levis for a last gasp summer fling. Next week, snow, no doubt. Then the… Continue reading Last Gasp of Summer…

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