When a Japanese magazine celebrated for its coverage of progressive vintage fashion gets the chance to put its own spin on a pair of shoes from a classic shoemaker — great things happen. This is evident in the Tricker’s and 2nd Magazine’s Crepe-Soled Bourton Country Shoe
This limited edition made-in-UK shoe goes full sartorial on the upper with Snuff Repello suede, brogue detailing, and tonal stitching throughout. Using Tricker’s generous-fitting 4444 last and featuring a Goodyear welt, the construction matches the flawless design to a tee. But then things go in a satisfyingly unexpected direction with the sole. Instead of a classic leather sole, 2nd opted for a refreshing crepe sole. Not only does this keep things different and add a new layer of texture, you know the comfort level just went way up.
Thanks to its contrast of formal and casual, the shoe lands at a perfect semi-casual coordinate making it easy to dress it up with a suit or down with some khakis or jeans, with neither spectrum feeling forced by any means.