“Always check out the bottom of a pair of shoes before you buy them,” my grandfather used to say. Of course, he knew shoes. As an immigrant who had come to NYC and started a cobbler’s business on the streets of Brooklyn, shoes were his life. “Look at the stitching. The craft. The details. You should always be able to tell a good pair of shoes.”
Stacy Adams has been a part of American culture for over 100 years. I’ve yet to figure out if William H. Stacy and Henry L. Adams were just two guys who set out to sell shoes, or if they were cousins, brothers-in-laws or something else entirely. But in 1875, they founded the shoe company in Brockton, Massachusetts, and it has survived the turn of the century, the roaring 20’s prohibition and the jazz era to the post war boom. Today, it’s referenced in pop culture by anyone from Tom Waits to rapper Snoop Dogg.
I’ve always been in somewhat creative lines of work and have been lucky to be able to dress casually as long as I was professional and well pulled together. I don’t know that I buy that “shoes make the man”— but they certainly can make the outfit. My casual / creative / just-buttoned-up-but-not-too-buttoned-up style means that I want shoes that can take me from a sports coat to a pair of jeans. And while I might drool over the more dressy shoes like Dawson or the Sanburg, it was the Aldrin I knew I’d feel the most comfortable with. Suede, a color that goes with neutrals and jeans, yet has a mind of its own. And a sole that gives me traction for jumping up two stairs at a time or walking confidently into a meeting.