Our obsession with collaborations isn't showing any signs of faltering, is it? A sneak preview of the Mark McNairy for Bass Weejuns collection has just come out, and it shows some interesting takes on the classic American penny loafer.
This set of eight styles represents just a fifth of the entire Mark McNairy x Bass collection that hits stores Spring 2010 and the prices range from $300 to $3675 for the alligator. Yet another reason to go bankrupt by Fall 2010.
Here are my top picks:
The obvious choice. It's so stereotypically dandy it hurts. I can imagine these going well with super-tailored, painfully preppy threads for a Japanese fashion editor-esque look.
There's something ugly-charming about this stamped pair, it's almost as if they literally cut the skin from a freshly hot-stamped cow and sewed it into a pair of shoes.
I can see myself getting a lot of use out of these tasseled loafers in what appears to be a really inky dark blue. The little hints of natural leather peeping from under provide a nice color contrast.
I was about to write a negative review for the alligator version, but seeing it up close, it isn't as boring as I originally thought it to be. I'll take a pair in black or cherry red, please!
P.S. Seeing these new half-blood Weejuns reminded me of a pair that got away not too long ago.
Bass x Jeffrey NY Weejuns
Good luck finding those now.