ORTHOPEDICUS PSYCHEDELIUS

Yuketen Semi Chukkas worn with Beams Plus Japanese Marl Socks.

Back once again with the Yuketen Sandals. The Semi Chukkas to be precise. Walking a fine line somewhere between Maximus Meridius, The Dude, and Forest Gump, these good time sandals are my choice for summertime meandering. This pair were purchased from the very helpful folks at Denmark’s Støy Munkholm who are the only European retailer carrying these Yuketen models (the rest having all gone to the Asian market). They have both styles available on their online store. You should also check this beautifully presented video giving a tour of Støy Munkholm’s store in Aarhus. I’m going to be sure to check it out if I ever find myself in that part of the world.

Back to the sandals and I went for the Semi Chukka in the end as they looked a little more robust than the Braided style. Interestingly Yuketen are very clear to point out that these styles are made by artisans in Mexico. I know they produce a few styles in Mexico including their very premium Cordovan Longwings Brogues (Goodyear welted leather sole with stunning allover brogue patterning) and it resonates with me as a customer that they are so proud and transparent about their places of production despite a consumer stigma aimed toward various countries. They would not produce anything there unless it absolutely met their exacting standards. Yet another reason I really believe in Yuketen as a brand. All I need now is for Summer to turn up so I can finally break them out proper.

Yuketen – Made by leather artisans in Mexico.

 

 

THE JOY OF SOCKS

Tricker’s M.T.O Cordovan Polo Chukka with Beams Plus green tartan socks and Ralph Lauren navy chinos.

I’m a big fan of the blog A Suitable Wardrobe. Although my own sartorial interests lie on the casual side of menswear, I find Will Boehlke’s musings about classic and bespoke tailoring very inspiring. Many of his ideas and principals regarding colour, pattern and texture are applicable across every gentleman’s wardrobe.

One of my favourite regular posts from Will has been his Suit & Sock installments. I start pretty much everyday with an idea to wear one thing in particular and then dress the rest of the outfit around it. More often than not, that item is either shoes or socks. Socks often dictate an outfit as it can depend on what’s available on that day (i.e. not stuck in the laundry). I never don a pair to coordinate with anything else I’m wearing, but rather to compliment another garment (co-ordination being one of Will’s biggest no-nos. A man should look like he took care to look good, but didn’t try too hard).

You’ll notice there is a lot of Fair Isle in this particular collection of shots. It’s obviously a great winter pattern, adds a flash of visual interest to the ankle (make sure what’s going on up top isn’t too brash as well – don’t want to over cook your ‘look’!) and it often has plenty of colour to work with for the rest of the outfit.

So with this post – rather than a total rip of an idea – please think of it more as ‘Stitched & Stitched after A Suitable Wardrobe’. A casual man’s whimsical and light hearted homage to the serious business of classical menswear and colour matching. There’s more to come down the line – I’m already looking forward to Summer so I can break out some socks and sandals combos. Regardless of my missus wincing every time I mention it, I’m convinced they’re going to be the way forward.

Yuketen M.T.O Maine Guide Boots with Present London mixed red and blue wool socks and four year old A.P.C New Standards.
Tricker’s M.T.O Black Scotch Grain Toe Cap Derbys, worn with Ralph Lauren black and white polka dot and Fair Isle trim socks and two year old A.P.C Petite Standards.
Alden Horween Cordovan Longwing Bluchers worn with Falke red Fair Isle socks and Our Legacy brown cords.
Yuketen Peanut Suede Angler Mocs worn with Ralph Lauren green Fair Isle socks and 4 year old A.P.C New Standards.
Mark McNairy x Engineered Garments Longwing Derbys worn with Ralph Lauren Rugby socks and Post Overall Brick Red Cords.
Tricker’s Espresso Scotch Grain Stow Boots worn with Falke wool Fair Isle socks and two year old A.P.C Petite Standards.
Yuketen M.T.O Antler Mocs worn with Ralph Lauren cream and blue Fair Isle socks and Our Legacy cords.
Tricker’s M.T.O Cordovan Polo Chukkas worn with Ralph Lauren cream and navy large Fair Isle pattern socks and two year old A.P.C Petite Standards.