Arguably so unfashionable they’re fashionable, these Marty McFly meets Chris Packham bongboots have got me scratching my carabiners. Are these wearable? Would they actually look good within a rig-out of airy Engineered Garments, orSlow and Needles? Or have I just been seduced once more by the different? Are these really just the kind of thing pensioners wear on a Megabus to York, but with fancy Japanese branding?
I expect a number of you will presume the latter. But contrary to any semblance of objective thinking I’ve got them in my head now. I know they look like they come from Millets. But I sort of don’t care. In fact I sort of like that they do. I imagine that if worn within an outfit of more obvious modernity (Nepenthes style, multi-hem layering say) then, within that context, they’d look rather progressive and interesting. Within in the context of three-quarter length cargo pants, a short-sleeved Debenhams shirt and a faux leather money belt, probably less so.
They’re by RWF (formally Rhythm Footwear) and at only $155 I think they offer a strong budget Visvim-ish vibe. Garbstore in the UK offer a selection of the brand’s low-tops (which if I’m honest, I think are too tricksy for their own good) but you’ll have to look to Blue In Green in NYC, or the brand direct in Japan to grab these.