back to basics

After my playful parlay with some colorful pairs (here and here) and a recent serving of classics (here and here), it’s back to the basics once again in the shoe front. In this time of grey financial climate, we do not necessarily stop spending. We spend wisely. We spend on things whose value or use we see stretched out for longer periods of time. Getting more bang for your buck so to speak. And what could stand the test of time other than the classics?

And thankfully, YOOX is an eager ally for some investment shopping, where past season designer pieces could be had for a fraction of the initial asking price. With a keen eye, you’ll find key wardrobe items here and there that are within your spending reach. Like these two that arrived last Friday, thanks to YOOX’s speedy and secure delivery.

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What could they be? Let’s open box no. 1 shall we?

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These laced shoes from Prada are so clean in construction that they practically embody the word “classic.” Made with smooth polished leather and rubber soles, this pair also features a square toe and discreet logo detailing on the heel. I like the diamond grid pattern across the soles, giving that unmistakable Prada edge on this rather sombre pair. Now on to box no. 2.

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After having bought my first Ferragamo pair, I knew I had to get another one. I swear by the comfort of wearing one and the styles offered by the illustrious Florentine shoe brand are gentlemanly elegant. Such as this laced pair in delicious dark brown color. It has soles made of leather and laser cut perforation detailing on the toe and across the body. I find it very handsome and a perfect candidate for pairing with my future bag (here). Lol.

Both shoes will work on a pair of jeans or work pants, proving that they’re limitless in terms of use. This also means that I will not wear out each pair (in addition to the first Ferragamo moccasins) as quickly as I would by wearing only one pair over and over again. As one of the golden rules for shoe care, never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.

And that’s the day’s Shoe Lessons 101.

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14 Responses to “back to basics”


  1. 1 00o00 July 25, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    i abide by the rule of not wearing the same shoes 2 days in a row.

    and a shoe tree for every shoe!

  2. 5 Kevin July 26, 2009 at 4:20 am

    exquisite shoes:-P Definitely an investment piece:-P

  3. 7 Tom July 26, 2009 at 7:29 am

    oh my. lovely! i have to say prada makes the most comfortable shoes ever.

  4. 11 deluxeduck July 27, 2009 at 10:24 am

    very fine choices. congrats Mark.

  5. 13 yed July 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    i love love the prada shoes. i don’t know, i am always drawn to prada shoes…love its simplicity. :) congrats!


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