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July 26th, 2009

Three Strikes for White Bucks

LeightonThere was an article in the New York Times a couple weeks back heralding the return of white bucks – ivory-colored buckskin leather shoes with red rubber soles. The shoes were originally crafted for the game of tennis, however, now they’re more synonymous with country clubs and “preppies.” Personally, I think they’re one of the most worthless shoes ever designed. To use a baseball analogy, white bucks take three hard swings at practicality, relevance, and value, but end up striking out every time.

Strike one: they’re white. Have you ever noticed how spills and stains gravitate toward all things white? Even if you’re successful at avoiding messes, normal wear and tear just weighs heavier on white shoes. In other words, they’re not staying white very long. Strike two: maybe it’s just me, but white bucks have this elitist aura about them that says, “I’m better than you.” I’m not really about that. And strike three: given how much you’ll actually wear them and the little time it takes them to deteriorate, they’re just not worth what you’ll end up paying for them. Sorry, white bucks, but you’re out.

Batter up! So, if you’re like me and not too keen on the whole white bucks craze, below are a few shoes I think are the better alternative. Most of them are beige or off-white, which keeps them looking cleaner. I don’t know about the rest of you men, but I don’t exactly tip-toe daintily throughout my day hoping to keep my shoes clean. That’s a little too high maintenance for me.

Leighton by Ryan Rowe (pictured above).


18430 by Camper.


Diner by Pataugas.


Eagan by No Mess.


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