Yesterday on Ivy’s Facebook group much fun was had over a Daily News article about Jeb Bush, who was spotted with a piece of duct tape holding his shoes together. Nobody at the paper, or in the readership, know where that comes from, but for Tradsville it’s probably Bush’s most Old Money gesture in the history of his faltering presidential run.
There’s a long history of politicians with decrepit footwear from the campaign trail, with Adlai Stevenson the most famous. Eventually this became known as the Boston Cracked Shoe look.
My own experience with the look was a Baby Boomer-era guy from Pasadena who actually walked around with duct tape holding his Weejuns together. And I thought that was only a legend.
This leads us into a piece a reader alerted me to back in December. It’s an article in the Telegraph called “Why won’t men throw away their old clothes?” Author Rowan Pelling writes:
I am endlessly touched by men’s sentimental attachment to old clothes: Shetland jumpers that are more hole than whole, Panama hats missing half the crown, shirts with collars so frayed you can plait the edges. One barrister friend, who’s just turned 50, has been wearing the same leather jacket since his student days. No matter that, nowadays, he’s more Sid James than James Dean.
Check out the full story here, which has photos of Prince Charles looking like a tatterdemalion. — CC