Monday, March 12, 2012

Those Bloody Boat Shoes

In Charleston, South Carolina enjoying the sea and various maritime pursuits.  It was cool enough that I wore socks with a pair of Allen Edmonds boat shoes.  When I removed them at the end of the day at the suite, I thought that my feet had bled through.

When I looked closer, I realized that despite having these shoes for a few years, I had never realized that the leather on the inside of the shoes is red.  They aren't bad boat shoes, and the soles are white and sturdy with good traction on teak.  One of the eyelets struck off on its own (visible in the photos), but otherwise I am mostly satisfied. The red interior apparently doesn't rub off on bare feet, because I would have noticed it before.  While it's an interesting feature, it's a dumb design idea.

Sperry, Dexter, Sebago and the others all experiment with exterior colors... Allen Edmonds decided to try the interior.  It was not the best choice, though the rest of the shoe is fine.


  1. For a minute there, I thought you were going to say they were lined with bleeding madras.

    Wakka wakka...

    Please tip your waitress, I'll be here all week.

  2. It's quite fitting really. New England guy. Red socks? Red Sox.

    Ditto that wakka wakka, Mister.

  3. A perfect opportunity to wear red socks.

  4. My wallet has a read leather lining. Has not leaked as of yet.
    While I appreciate whimsical and clever details on most things, I guess I am a traditionalist when it comes to the footwear end of things.

    I did end up getting the navy blue Sperrys for my rotation. They have seen some fairly heavy action (both socked and un-socked)and have yet to bleed through.

    Perhaps Mr. Edmonds should stick to the more formal end of the line.

  5. Huh. I have a pair of Gucci loafers lined in hunter green leather, and have had no such issues. (Please don't crucify me for rarely wearing them with socks.) Maybe this is an homage to the bloody heels often caused by the breaking in process for Sperrys?

  6. Had some Sebago "experimentals" that liked to bleed green--do Vulcans sail?

  7. Amusingly bad and I hope your socks survived. Greenfield - very TOS!

  8. I'm torn on this one. For me, it's almost a visceral pleasure to see deeply overdyed leather, but it's hard to find anywhere that isn't garish to deploy it. I have a pair of vintage Nordic ski boots in blaring blue that are soft as glove leather, and so far they have ruined at least three pairs of my socks, which is about as many times as I have dared to wear them. Perhaps this kind of leather for the lining of a shoulder bag? Slipper soles?

  9. I have a pair of Sperry's in blue which does this. I thought it was a close replica of another pair of Sperry's have in the same color, but alas... Not so. I don't get it.


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