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silver Yoox shoes

Izzy has already noted the perfect shoes for a male Dorothy, but these silver brogues from Yoox are just the thing for the Tin Man.   Good luck, however, finding a shoe-shine man with anti-tarnish polish.

A Different Kind of Aeronaut

human cannonball

For the fashionable human cannonball.

Curious Yellow

yellow gloves

This gentleman in Milan is doing so many things right, it’s hard to know where to begin.  There are his narrow, short trousers which show off the sensational antiqued shoes (Berluti?).  And it’s not every day one sees a pocket square in an overcoat.  But the gloves, cradling a cigar, are really what set the outfit apart.  If there’s one accessory any dandy must absolutely possess, it is a pair of canary yellow gloves.

Piste Off

Dsquared2 ski pants
The top’s all business, while the bottom’s all set for the ski slopes—circa 1985. Could DSquared² be targeting the undervalued Swiss newscaster demographic?

Incidentally, shouldn’t DSquared² be pronounced “DSquared squared”? Just sayin’…

Breaking the Paw

German police dog in shoes

To protect their feet on patrol, police dogs in the German city of Dusseldorf are being kitted out with specially-made plastic fiber shoes in a uniform-matching light blue.   Not to be outdone, Dutch police dogs will be getting their very own tiny clogs.

What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Moschino ruby oxfords

Izzy has little doubt that clicking your heels in these ruby oxfords from Moschino will indeed take you somewhere over the rainbow.

The Sport of Princes

Prince Charles playing cricket

A suit is good for nearly any occasion, though playing cricket, or any strenuous sport, is usually not one of them.  Still, Prince Charles didn’t look completely out of place taking a swing in a double-breasted suit with two-inch cuffs (a cuff size that is generally acceptable only with such a suit).  Izzy especially appreciates the understated tie, something that is all-too-rare in the U.S.

Original Mocassin

Brooks Brothers shearling slippers

Slippers are often absent from the ranks of handsome footwear, but these shearling mocassins from Brooks Brothers are a cozy exception.

To Each According to His Needs

In a journalistic coup, a Venezuelan political leader was railing against capitalism when a reporter pointedly asked him about his luxury brand preferences:

Venezuelan Interior Minister Pedro Carreno was momentarily at a loss for words when a journalist interrupted his speech and asked if it was not contradictory to criticize capitalism while wearing Gucci shoes and a tie made by Parisian luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton.

“I don’t, uh … I … of course,” stammered Carreno on Tuesday before regaining his composure. “It’s not contradictory because I would like Venezuela to produce all this so I could buy stuff produced here instead of 95 percent of what we consume being imported.”

Could this be a new kind of supply-side economics?  Gorbachev, at least, waited to flaunt his Louis Vuitton until he left office.

The video, in Spanish, can be found here.

A False Step from Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik men’s shoes

According to a blogger at MyItThings, Manolo Blahnik is going to be coming out with a line of shoes for men.   Izzy was very excited by the news, until he realized that from the looks of the designs, Blahnik is apparently trying to appeal to the pimp-clown demographic.  The Manolo, not to be confused with the Manolo, is equally devastated.

Woolly Patch

J. Crew wool patchwork sneakers

For a few seasons now, J. Crew has been offering fun twists on the classic Jack Purcell sneaker, such as replacing the canvas with madras or seersucker.  Izzy is particularly fond of this wool patchwork model, which is perfect for autumnal lounging around.

Jingle Shoes

Converse Christmas All-Stars

Complete with bells (but no whistles), these vintage Converse All-Stars are the ultimate in Christmas footwear.  And like a degenerate elf, they’re  guaranteed to annoy everyone in their vicinity.

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