Here’s a choice much closer to home than usual. Your proxy service can stand down, we’re in Her Majesty’s territory with these shoes. They’re by Danish brand Nature, but available at the none-more-geezery Oi Polloi.
As a consequence, there’s something of a problem for the unreasonably discerning menswearman. They’re simply too easy to get hold of. If you glance at Nature’s site, you’ll see they do ladies and kids versions too. Plus, at £120, without wishing to sound like a utter tosser (while doing exactly that) they’re not that expensive. Easy availability, plus family friendly, plus affordability? It’s not a theorem that frequently adds up to must cop. So what’s with these?
Simple answer, they’re yellow. They do other colours, many in fact. Oi Polloi boast three pairs in exclusive colour-ways (off-white, brown and olive). But these lemon ones, while not technically exclusive, are typically only produced in ladies sizes. Lemon upper and lemon sole unit; I mean, look at them. Yellow and navy wool – banging. Yellow and denim – savage. Yellow and a light grey cotton trouser – not sure, but worth a try.
If a grown man can’t express his emotional, tender (dare I suggest) feminine, side through the wearing of a soft yellow bootie, then I don’t know what’s wrong with a grown man. Yes they’re kind of pasty-ish, yes people might assume they’re Clarks, yes, people will endlessly amuse themselves with references to ‘custard feet’ and Mr Men. So what. No one wears all yellow shoes. And if there’s a perfectly logical reason for that, I don’t want to hear it.