Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Bass-Black Fleece Addendum

Ok, I stand corrected. And I humble myself before you with photo evidence of being set strait on issues Bass and Fleece.
First of all let me defend more precisely Mark McNairy’s Sisyphean role in getting that captivating gaggle of Bass Weejuns to market. I’m sure if he had his way, most of those prototypes would be available for the niche Weejun “weirdees” like me to procure. (Weirdees? Yes. See the Mickey Rooney line in Night at the Museum. Lunchbox.)  I mean really, when the current owner of Brand G.H. decides that this polymer coated Corfam-esque leather thang above is their best rendition of a legacy shoe, can you imagine how the go/no-go meeting on options McSwaggart rolls? So I’ve taken 100% of the delay-fault off of his shoulders but his name remains…McSwaggart.
Now on to the PeeWee-esque … Grimley inspired mess over at The Brethren.
Was I too tough on Fleece Black? Did I create an environment for piling on? Was I too pedestrian and unimaginative? I’ll say yes for one reason and one reason only.

When it comes to our men and women in uniform…Military, Fire and Rescue, Police and all others in service to us, I cast aside my sarcastic barbs and reign in my acerbic taunts. It appears that Thom Browne and the Fleece Police have been commissioned to swath and shod some of the finest law enforcement providers in the country. An undertaking so sublime, so unselfish and indeed, so focused on the wellbeing of society can only be observed with gravity and humility.
 So here’s to you Fleece Brethren, for making certain that our protectors are not only looking good but feeling good too.

Onward…humbly and contemplating the Spring 2011 Black Fleece Hot Pants.

ADG, II

17 comments:

Reggie Darling said...

You are a complete and utter stitch. You had Reggie howling with this one. "polymer coated corfam-esque leather thang?" -- sheer genius!

Anonymous said...

I would not take those Weejuns if all three pair were free.
RTS

Silk Regimental said...

Actually - I bought the 3 pair for 1 this summer and at KA's (Legions of the Lost Ones) instruction, removed the shellac coating with rubbing alcohol and fire roasted several coats of shoe polish after mink oil treatments. Result is they are looking pretty good. Somthing like the treatment you gave your Banks Patch Mad jacket last year. BTW - the minks hated the whole process.

Pigtown-Design said...

wow. that last picture was a shock!

Barima said...

Well, this is... perverse

B

CeceliaMc said...

What's the key for? His chastity cup?

Gives whole new meaning to the terms "lock and load", "fuzz" "thin blue-line" and...I'll stop now...

Anonymous said...

Silk--would love those instructions. When I googled the site, said URL not available. Would ya help a girl out?

StacyfrPgh

Silk Regimental said...

Anonymous @ 11:29
I bought the penny, and burgandy and black tassle slip ons.

I used rubbing alcohol with soft cloth (sacrificed a t-shirt) and pretty much soaked the uppers and kept rubbing until I got a very dull surface. Then using mink oil - follow directions on the container - applied that three times, wiping away residue each time. Lastly (and several repeats) I applied a liberal layer KIWI cordovan polish using my wife's toothbrush ;) I used a BBQ lighter stick to melt-in the shoe polish which leaves a very dull finish of course. Wiped that down with another soft cloth, then brushed with a good shoe brush while intermittantly spraying with water (ex. Air Force guy here). From there, keep repeating the shoe polish step every week. Hope that helps. Thanks Mr. Minimus for the opportunity to assist your audience.

old said...

This posting and its antecedent were spot on ADG.
The Bass saga is unfortunate. Guess we'll have to see what Rancourt will offers as substitutes. Some of the images of their forthcoming shoes look very tasty.

Per Black Fleece, I have a proud heritage of never bashing a fellow Notre Dame man in public, However, Mr. Browne's "high-art" initiative is clown act reminiscent of the second Bush Administration. In fact, Pewee's duds look better than Brooks'

Time to shoot it in the head and suck up the losses!

ADG said...

I've gotta take this post down. Office Jim Dangle's photo is making me uneasy and I'm the one who put it up.

"polymer coated corfam-esque leather thang?" ...I've used this in many contexts.

Mal said...

Yea but those "polymer coated corfam-esque leather" shoes along with cockroaches would survive atomic bomb. These's no way to hurt those shoes.

But the bigger question is..Thom Browne and PeeWee Herman, seperated at birth?

Main Line Sportsman said...

Unsettling on many levels....

Gretchen said...

Holy crow, Silkman...I loves me a good shoe polish (thank you, dad, once again, for teaching me how an Air Force baby should make their shoes glow like a laserbeam. A useful skill that doesn't seem to exist anymore, outside of that guy at Union Station). But you take the megaprize! This, of course, is why I'll never buy weejuns again, nor go through ADG's Barbour waxing ordeal, erm, I mean waterproofing. There comes a time in a lazybutts life that you just.want.the.damn.thing.to.work.on.its.OWN!

yoga teacher said...

This is just nasty. ALL of these looks are bad. But as a PSA for yoga teachers everywhere, please never wear your britches as short as those of Officer Hotpants to yoga class. We WILL mock you. Probably pubicly. I mean, in public.

Officer & Southern Gent said...

Leav-itt, indeed.

Elizabeth said...

You've got to be kidding us about Officer Hotpants...

Anonymous said...

Not to nitpick, but Bass makes several at least three other, higher quality models of Weejuns, including a handsewn-in-Maine model

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