By Yale Breslin
Truth be told, I get sick of things very fast, especially clothing and shoes. I’m not a frivolous shopper, but when I buy something, I wear it non stop….and excessively. A few years back I was in Seoul, Korea and clearly inspired by the bold sartorial choices of Koreans, I purchased a pair of suede Chukka-boot looking shoes that had a yellow sole. They, in some way, reminded me of New York City taxis – so naturally, and god knows why, I needed to buy them (side note: I think I was ripped off…but who knows or cares – besides me). Fast-forward 4 years and they’ve yet to be worn, until now. And in this case, I’m following by example. For the past few months, street style blogs have been heavily populated with kicks, loafers, strappy sandals (not my thing), dunks, chucks, and platforms (yes platforms) for men with one common thread – coloured soles. Cole Haan has gone the route of mixing vibrant colors in both their updated tennis shoes as well as statement-making brogues; Paul Smith paired royal blue suede with mint chocolate chip green in their modern desert boots; Sperry went the nautical route with an updated colourful take on their iconic boating shoe, and Prada managed to create a platform with hints of bold colors that still define the ultimate in masculinity. Sometimes we all need a push and this time, for me, it came in the form of a yellow sole. So with that, I know what I’m doing tonight. Korea….I’m coming to get you.