When it comes to work shoes, quality alone can't elevate you above the throng of obedient patsies who lack the clout to come to the office barefoot. But if you took that quality and smacked some art on it, you'd have: Gordon Rush's new line.
Having already established himself as Master of the Last with finest-quality-leather, Italian-crafted oxfords, boots, and loafers, Rush is now upping the ante with designs inspired by the six years he spent in China and Japan, absorbing Eastern cultures and feeling smug about his height. Some of the work is discreet (Asian characters inlaid on black rubber outsoles), some slightly less so (on-color dragon stitching gracing top leather). Then there are jaw-dropping, full-color geishas and snarling tigers pressed into leather soles; throw your feet on your boss's desk, and you'll send a message that you'll soon be taking his job, his mistress, and his...box seats at the circus.
Even the unadorned shoes are remarkable for their workmanship -- they won't scream "I'm in charge here", but they'll still draw admiration without you declaring them Pollocks simply because they're spattered with bits of your pregnant secretary's "Fudgie the Whale" cake.