Wednesday, 29 July 2009

The Deck Shoe: Go Take a Long Walk off a Short Plank!

What is it with the deck shoe? They are everywhere at the moment, every other bloke here in London seems to be gracing a pair. Even in East London for crying out loud! Plain ones, hideously coloured ones; worn in a variety of ways with shorts, trousers, skinny jeans. Have they all gone mad? What on earth are people thinking?

There is only one place that the deck shoe should be worn and that is ON DECK! Or in South Kensington on a Thursday night at Boujis. Now I'm all for irony in fashion, but surely deck shoes are taking it too far? Have we entered into some kind of dodgy-fashion parallel universe where we are suddenly taking fashion tips from the Sloanes? They have never exactly been known for the dress sense have they?

A few years ago, after university, I somehow found myself managing a shop on the New Kings Road, in London's Parsons Green (just down the road from Chelsea). Deck shoes were all the rage with the locals; but that was almost acceptable because they were being worn with our Crew Clothing Company harlequin rugby shirts in pink and blue and with bright red Chino's. Seriously! No SERIOUSLY! There was totally, obviously no hope for them fashion wise, so it kind of didn't matter.

So called fashion journalists are now calling them 'design classics'. Ha ha. They have got to be having a laugh. Next they will be calling them 'urban', 'edgy' and 'street'.

Maybe I am just getting old, and at the ripe old age of 29 I just don't get it anymore? In which case maybe it's me that should be taking that long walk...all the way into middle age!
What do you think?


John said...

Trust me, it's not just you! I don't know what possessed me a couple of years ago to buy some rubber soled brown deck shoes from Gap (Gap/crap LOL), but I did. And you are right...the only place to wear them is on a boat (and I'm never on a boat). I never liked these shoes and should've returned them immediately, but since I didn't I have only worn them a few times, but I have never left the house in them. I think all those colorful ones you showed are hideous!

Teresa Schultz said...

Design classics?

I've never really followed fashion and prefer to wear whatever I'm comfortable in and feel suits me best, even if it's not in fashion or ever was.

I didn't even know what vans slip ons were until I had to write an article about them for someone, but not knowing much about fashion still makes what other people write about fashion interesting to me.

I seldom go and buy something because everyone else is wearing that item too, but did fall for that when saw many people wearing and raving about crocs. Although many people now find them outdated and think it's a sin to be seen wearing a pair, mine have lasted so well, and are so comfortable, and I don't care what other people think about what I wear, as long as I'm happy. I think following fashion can be incredibly taxing on people, always trying to keep up, but everyone has their own hobbies, likes and dislikes, and if that's what makes many people happy, I do encourage them to keep at it.

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