Last Friday the weather in NYC was something less than ideal. The day began with that awful wintry mix of rain and sleet and eventually progressed into a beautiful snowfall. The only problem is is that it made getting around the city, including fashion show venues, somewhat frustrating. And wet. Thankfully I had my galoshes (thanks to Spiro from It’s All Style To Me for the photo). Which seemed to cause a lot of confusion.
Repeatedly, people would come up to me and compliment my shoes. And I would repeatedly have to respond with the fact that the shoes (from Meermin) are separate from the rubbers (from Swims). Perhaps it was the bright orange color that threw the people off. As much as I enjoyed the compliments, it was concerning to see many looks of bewilderment. As it seems many of the folk of my generation (or at least those attending fashion shows) have not learned of the virtues of protecting your shoes in inclemate weather. But luckily that is changing one fashion show goer at a time.
I believe the shoes that people were mistaking mine for are a style from Prada. The Prada version being a rather ugly thing to adorn your feet with (mostly due to shape and styling, not so much the actual idea of dipping the shoes in rubber). Something I thought would never sell, but judging by people’s reactions to my shoes with Swims I fear that Prada sold a good many of their rubber dipped shoes.
And in case you were wondering, the golashes protected my shoes without fail. I recommend every man have at least one pair, whether they be Swims or not. Just keep in mind that orange Swims are not your father’s rubbers.
Justin L Jeffers