These Are Donald Trump Jr.’s Favorite Shoes

July 18, 2018

These Are Donald Trump Jr.'s Favorite Shoes

I hate to admit this, but writing about fashion means spending a lot of time looking at celebrities. If it’s not Kanye West and Jonah Hill, then it’s Cary Grant, Paul Newman, and Steve McQueen. Every niche has its own world of famous faces.

Yesterday, I spent a lot of time looking at Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr. dresses exactly like someone who wishes he were Donald Trump Jr. He wears 1980s “greed is good”-style shirts with contrast collars and monogrammed cuffs. His belts are made from flashy alligator leathers; he wears aggressive half-Windsor knots instead of four-in-hands. He slicks his hair back and likes single-breasted suits with peak lapels.

All of which is consistent with a style, even if not the one I favor. But wow, these burnished tan leather loafers. They look like the shoe version of the car you drew as a kid — every fixture and feature thrown in with the unrestrained confidence of a five-year-old with a crayon. They have a tassel and a strap; an apron and an elongated split-toe seam. The vamp comes up a bit higher on the foot. Their most recognizable feature, though, is their amazing and stark two-tone leather. Donald Trump Jr.’s shoes look like they have farmer’s tan. It’s as though the designer stuck the loafers into some t-shirt sleeves and sent them out to do yard work.

They’re also apparently Donald Trump Jr.’s favorite shoes, outpacing his other dark brown, brogued tassel loafers in terms of wear by a margin of 50:1 (I’ve seen every publicly available photo of Donald Trump Jr. and can attest to this).

These loafers are Donald Trump’s go-to shoes for everything. He wears them when visiting the White House …

 

 

He wears them for television appearances …

 

 

He wore them to the Presidential debates …

 

 

He wears them to meetings at Trump Tower …

 

 

He wore them to see the Senate Intelligence Committee about his meetings at Trump Tower …

 

 

He wears them to ribbon cutting events …

 

 

And he wears them on the red carpet …

 

 

I wrote a post last year about how tan shoes should never be worn with dark suits. They stick out too much in terms of color and formality. They shout and scream from under your trousers; they ruin the suit’s harmony; they drag the eye downward. Which is the opposite of where you want the focus on a traditional, tailored outfit: on your shirt, jacket, and tie combination. Tan shoes work best with lighter colored sport coats since the top and bottom halves of your outfit will look more balanced. They can also work with very light colored suits. Farmer’s tan loafers, on the other hand, should be worn with nothing.

The one upside to Donald Trump Jr.’s shoes is that they remind me of some of my favorite things. Like chocolate dipped biscotti …

 

 

Or chocolate covered oranges (don’t knock them until you’ve tried them) …

 

 

Or chocolate dipped churros …

 

 

Or Pocky sticks (available at your local Asian grocer) …

 

 

As a general rule, if you have to go for burnished leather goods, whether they’re briefcases or footwear, aim for things that are on the more conservative and subtle side of things. Edward Green’s finishing is exceptional; frankly many Italian and French makers less so. Your shit kickers shouldn’t look like you actually kick shit.