I don’t get why the white buck is not the second thing you buy if you are building an Ivy wardrobe. First of course is the WOCBD. But as you are walking out of the store, or back in your house from the mailbox depending on how you shop, look down, and ask yourself. What else can I buy that goes with almost everything, is versatile, has historical precedent, and has the added benefit of being comfortable?
Blah Blah Pat Blah Boone. Although I did pull one picture, to make a point. Here.
You are supposed to get them dirty. Could anything be more anti-establishment than shoes you are supposed to make dirty? I used to make fun of people who cut off their jeans. Ok. I still do. But it is from a lot lower high ground. If this is more than your third time reading the site, you know the drill. Everybody thinks Ivy is uptight elitist East Coast class-signaling. We wear shoes, the point of which is to get them dirty. What is more egalitarian than that? I mean, even Pat Blah Blah Blah Boone.
More than that. The White Buck is versatile. The history of the White Buck varies. Fashion writers are not known for their pinpoint research, so it is hard to tell what’s up. You get stories about Elvis’ blue suede shoes, you get stories about saddle shoes.
I did my own origin story. Elvis’ blue suede shoes and saddle shoes having an albino baby.
Back to versatility. Here is an early photo from the White Buck Family Album.
One theory that makes a ton of sense to me about how the Buck gained popularity is the whole this-is-when-started-to-really-dance theory. If you haven’t worn authentic bucks (I have a pair I bought in the 90’s from Brooks and I tell you, they are still holding up), they have a rubber sole. And a suede top. They are made to move in. Didn’t Pumas have a rubber sole and a suede top, pre-Clyde? See what I mean?
Are you a person of action? These work.
But that isn’t to say you cannot dress them up. Look.
So, historical precedent. Versatility. A bit of The Classics Are For Everyone. And I can attest, they wear well without socks.