Very Brief History of the White Buck Shoes:
There are few shoes that represent summer more quintessentially that white bucks (short for Nubuck). look at photos of American College-age men dressed for summertime from the 1950s and chances are, they'll be sporting white bucks in various levels of distress. So prevalent were these shoes among the attendees of Ivy league colleges that East coast law, investment banking, and management consulting firms which drew their new recruits from these elite universities became know as 'White Shoe' firms. New York Times Magazine published an interesting article by William Safire on the topic way back in 1997, which is worth a read.
These arrived fairly quickly from Nordstrom's in the US with all taxes and duties collected in order to avoid the long trip to German Customs. Nicely packaged and presented from Florsheim:
In any case, if you're a man who loves traditional dress, a snappy pair of white bucks are a must have for the summer months. I am happy to say that I've recently taken delivery of a great looking pair of Bucktown' White bucks by Florsheim via the Nordstrom website. These beauties are nicely made from white suede with a very lightweight brick red rubber sole, a cool striped cotton liner, and with a padding pigskin leather footbed. The sole is more spongy that for instance Dainite sole (even though of similar design) and the shoes are therefore lighter and provide a much softer step. What this sole gives up in durability, will doubtless be made up for in comfort. These shoes very certainly are soft and flexible with the comfort and weight of court shoes.
These shoes are best suited for casual office wear, garden parties, around town, and resort wear, not tromping through the countryside as grass stains will be difficult to remove. I am looking forward to enjoying many days at the lakeside drinking G&Ts while wearing my 'Bucktown' white bucks. I can even envision seersucker in my future. I'm getting thirsty already.