PUMA x Oki-Ni – Brogue
MADE ON: –/07
Following on from his previous take on one of his personal and most favourite shoes, here’s Ollie Teeba’s take on another Clyde. They’re very different to the previous pair, but just as interesting.
The second pair I am reviewing is something of an oddity, a novelty item perhaps. I’ve yet to find the occasion to wear these but I love having them in the collection. They are the ‘Loake’s Clyde’ from the Oki-Ni “Bespoke’ collection that dropped in 2007.
For those unfamiliar with Loakes, they are the company who for the last 130 years have been manufacturing their hand-made brogues for proper gents. An interesting look for the Clyde indeed. They are mostly the same cut and shape as a regular Clyde except certain things have been replaced with signature brogue features, such as brogue cap on the toe. The padding has been stripped away around the ankle and is much more like the fit of a pair of Loake’s brogues. They have also used a slightly different mold for the outsole, which results in a less slab-like look and gives them a more the appearance of a shoe than a sneaker.
So, if you are invited to a wedding or other event where you’ve been forced into a suit, you can stealthly rock your Clyde’s without anyone chastising you to for wearing your sneakers to a black-tie function. Within the heavyweight reinforced box, the shoes are within a bag with Oki-Ni tags attached marking them as part of the Bespoke line and a lovely hardback book illustrating the entire collection with high quality photographs. A nice little package indeed!
Text: Ollie Teeba