22 July 2010

Polka Dots


Back in March, Dr. Martens were kind enough to invite a number of bloggers up to their headquarters and factory in Wollaston, Northamptonshire to celebrate their 50th Anniversary (click here for my original post). As well as a look at the upcoming campaign and factory tour we were given a glimpse of the upcoming Fall 2010 collection. The sheer diversity of styles and designs on offer were surprising to say the least, and my eyes (and hands) were drawn in all different directions. From florals to patent leathers to tassel loafers, there was quite the selection that I found enticing.

As I walked around and looked at all the designs that the collection had to offer I kept returning to the same shelf. That shelf proudly boasted a number of flocked polka dot 1461 shoes and 1460 boots. As much as I love floral patterning, there was something about the polka dots and the tactility of the flocking that had me entranced (as it did Steve). The all black soles across the range meant that the typical 49 yellow stitches, the number is constant across all sizes and designs, were replaced instead by matching black stitches, creating quite the unique and unexpected profile. Technically from the women's collection, my disappointment was quickly dissipated when I discovered that my shoe size could be accommodated.

Polka dots have always held a certain charm for me, being at once both visually interesting and comfortably evocative of childhood. Whilst a polka dot tie can add an unexpected twist to a suit, or a polka dot sweater create a statement, there is an impact to polka dot footwear in particular that is wonderfully unique. Bold footwear has always been something that I find exciting, however it is for the majority of everyday menswear an underutilized detail. A pair of well crafted black leather derby shoes are certainly a good and necessary option, however for me a pair of bottle green derby shoes with inky blue soles are that extra touch more interesting.


(A special thanks to everyone over at Dr. Martens and the team at Exposure)

Currently playing: Wine Up On Me - Zoeleah

xxxx

25 comments:

  1. Love them! I didn't know you went for the polka dots as well. You can definitely become an honorary member of the PGD (Polka Dot Gang), one day soon we will inherit the earth.

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  2. Oooh so lovely and that cardi too!

    Have a lovely day, my dear!

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  3. they look brilliant, glad you finally got the pair you were after. flocked as well!

    nice cardigans, where's that one from?

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  4. awesomeness! Love the sweater too.

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  5. Incredible shoes! Beautiful sweater too.

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  6. I so wish you were on the cat walk!

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  7. They're absolutely dynamite. Wise choice, my friend.

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  8. wow! lovely pics
    your blog is great!
    xx

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  9. I love them!! I still have and wear a pair of Dr. Martners that I got when I was a freshman in high school...9 years ago...yikes! Anyways they are the wingtip/may jane style. I still get complements, too. They are made so well that you get what you pay for.

    I also had a pair of white boots, now those suckers never fit me correctly and used to make my heels literally bleed =( I had to give them up eventually.

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  10. Darling, I adore those Dr. Martens, and your whole outfit! You look so stylish, but also comfortable! I adore that sweater :)

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  11. i bet going inside their warehouse was like a dream. like you don't know where to start looking coz there are all those beautiful things. i can just imagine. i love those shoes and that cardigan. you work them very well.

    http://nouveauskin.blogspot.com

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  12. That's a great sweater. Bene traveling to a really cold region (Ladakh), and seen lots of those.

    Love Polka dots as well. The shoes are infinitely interesting.

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  13. Those dr martens are fierce! I want a pair too

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  14. Hey, where is that shirt from? The cardigan is Topman, no?

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  15. It is a fab dapper look, quite like.

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  16. those are adorable. i'm keen to those tassled loafters myself... love the sweater, dapper darlin.

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  17. LOVE THIS. And you look mad awesome ;)

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  18. Wow, dear!!! What a great combination!!! Love it all.

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend

    xoxo

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  19. Those docs are fantastic, as is that cardigan! What a fun combination.

    Thanks so much for your response to the questions over on my blog :)

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  20. Anon: Yip yip, the cardigan is from The Village Green, which is available at Topman. The shirt is an oxford from Uniqlo.

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  21. Wow.. Excellent idea and design! I agree.. This shoes are fantastic! I will try and do this to my shoes. Anyway, thanks and I will definitely visit this blog more often.

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