Obsessively quality-controlling production can lead to greatness: Kubrick reportedly demanded hundreds of takes per scene when filming The Shining, resulting in over 1.3 million feet of film shot, and Shelley Duvall looking near-unworkably haggard. Like, even more than usual. Employing the most "stringent enforcement of quality control standards in every shoe": Thorocraft.
Just arrived in DC, Thorocraft's new spring/summer line's a seven-strong collection of handmade, classically silhouetted foot sheathings, from an LA outfit whose fanatical reverence for good craftsmanship requires six separate inspections during each shoe's fabrication, and a crap-ton of those little white stickers. Hi-topped booty-ness includes the red hand-stitched bison leather "Xanders" officer boot (their tallest), and the subtler, brown, leather-laced "Shelton", described as their "version of a high top boat shoe", also the favored footwear of former Ohio State star point guard Schooner Penn. Mid-length styles are covered by the the gray suede "Hudson" moccasin boot (with white stitching and an ankle shoelace), and the tan or black "Trevor", with a super-clean, almost detail-less leather exterior and "butter soft calf lining", which would make your succulent calves look more delicious, if that was even possible! Oh, stop! No, you stop!
The one true low-top's an oddly woven-toed, bamboo-laced joint dubbed "The Ross", presumably named after the Friends character whose haggard performances you could only handle after 100 takes of red rum. Redddddrummmmm.