Giving Friday Casual the Boot


It’s the end of October. These days I leave the costume party to the children. Although Mrs. E. did don her finest ’20’s cloche hat, deco scarf and Minnie Mouse shoes for her department’s flapper theme today, we generally spend quiet Hallowe’en evenings watching a movie and handing out candy to the dozen too-old-to-be-doing-this teens who ring our doorbell.

But that doesn’t mean that I will totally ignore the appropriateness of my pumpkin spice/rust coloured moleskin trousers for the “holiday.” I had these cut with a slit along the side seam just because Dick Fowlkes of Peter Blair wore his this way and I thought it looked great. Very colonial cavalry. Which makes the trousers perfect candidates to wear with another perfect fall and winter shoe… or boot in this case.

Whilst we were discussing the casual shoe, I left off another classic option that bridges the casual/dress divide. Along with the iconic Chelsea or Beatle boots, the chukka (named for an inning of polo and given to me by a friend — AM) works equally well when paired with jeans, corduroys, tweeds and moleskins, or a more casual suit. These are highly polished calf with a plain toe. In a pinch, when travelling for example, I could pair them with a grey flannel suit (they are dark brown with a thin leather sole) and still look very presentable.

Until I sat down, crossed my legs and revealed socks like these.

Happy Hallowe’en!


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