June 2, 2008  ·  mail  ·  style

Mailbag: Ugly Retro Footware

Loyal reader Dave writes: "What are your thoughts on the ugly retro sneaker trend? My take: there are no bowing alleys left anywhere, so why the footware?"
Answer: We miss bowling alleys because they make us think of Christina Ricci in Buffalo '66. Doing a retro shoe is not in itself a bad idea, but as you correctly observed, most tend to overdo it with hideous results. Cole Haan kept it simple with the rather nice Air Ventura. Rockport produced this tasteful bowling-shoe-inspired Casual Oxford, but they should have been stopped right there before they had a chance to create any multi-coloured monstrosities.

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