Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gentlemen's Espadrilles -- Phillip Lim Leather Espadrilles from Spring 2011

My First Ever Espadrilles
(Below) Finally, a show box that I don't wanna throw away
because it's beautiful and functional.
(Below) Wearing Band of Outsiders Shorts
& Dries Van Noten Shirt

(Below) Dries Van Noten Fall 2010

On a recent trip to New York,  I tried on this espadrilles at the Phillip Lim store at SOHO and instantly fell in love with it. While I was getting bored with the mediocre spring cloths and disappointed by the spare men's collection, I spotted this espadrilles lying innocently on the display table. Believe or not, I was going to make fun of its odd shape and the fact that it is...em....well.... an espadrilles. 

As an ethnic minority, I somehow developed a dislike for clothes that are too ethnic. My style, if I have any, has been more of urbanized preppy. Among all the colorful and bold prints, I thought espadrilles are "too ethnic" for a "city mouse" >< But my friend insisted that I should try it on since he's more of a "country mouse".

Well, you never know! I'm not sure if it's the buttery soft leather or the plaited rope sole, but my feet has never been this comfortable. I just couldn't hide my fondness for the shoe and with "deliberation", I decided to get it when it's still available. The city mouse couldn't be more embarrassed for his pragmatic opinion about espadrilles... so are you a city mouse or a country mouse? 


  1. Well I am a very certified City Mouse hahah..I just hate going to the country..but I admit that I think, when ethnic pieces are used properly..they can really turn into amazing things...We have a confection over here called "Mola" and its very very ethnic but..there are designers that have used them in incredible way (like one who made a jacket out of it) and its just breathtaking!

    The Black Label

  2. well, i am city mouse and i don't have a liking for ethnic clothes and accessories. but i don't find espadrilles ethnic at all. i think it's just unconventional. i don't know. but with a leather upper, that pair is way far from being ethnic for sure.


  3. Hey Andy, I googled Mola and I'm very impressed by the intricate and beautiful works. I can totally see Christopher Kane and Dries Van Noten incorporate Mola into their collections:)

  4. KC: Exactly! the leather upper makes it a city mouse gear with a country mouse root:)

  5. Love the shirt.

  6. omg your shoes are so cute, love them!
    your shirt is great too!

    zebra and meerkat shop

  7. Very nice shoes¡¡¡


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