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January 25, 2007

Why The British Shoot Shoes

By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

I’m indebted to Brian R. Peterson of our Los Angeles office for this one.
 
Savile Row is the London street that is home to most of the city’s bespoke (which is British for custom) men’s clothing stores, and for 200 years, the firm of Gieves & Hawkes has been among the most famous of these.

G&H offers a shoe called the Buckshot Brogue. It's a dress Oxford wing-tip that has little perforations in its toe. But with a difference.

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In order to achieve a non-symmetrical pattern to the tiny holes, G&H shot a shoe from a distance of 12 feet, thereby probably breaking at least 12 of Britain's strange laws. The pellet pattern in the shot shoe was transferred to a computer, which adapted the pattern to left and right shoes.
 
They’re $400 if you’re interested in buying a pair. [Gieves & Hawkes]

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from matt wrote 7 years 10 weeks ago

wy the hell would you bye a shoe for $400 that has bean shot? wy not just go shoot you a cheap pare of loafers for 2 8ths of the prise?

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from Blue Ox wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

Do they come in 15EEE?

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from Zermoid wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

Don't think so, last I heard they were rounding up all the evil, dangerous assault water-guns!I consider myself a Christian and I carry a gun for protection. Christ said to sell your coat to buy a sword, a coat in those days was one of the most important things a person owned, it showed his status in society, a person without a coat was little more than a slave, or beggar's level. To sell your coat to get a weapon was a big sacrifice in that society.It shows how important it was to have a weapon for protection.Good enuf' for me.

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from rw in ohio wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

do the brits still have guns?

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from Keith Wegener wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

You can fool some of the people all of the time all of the people.....

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from jbart wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

Not to change the subject fellas, But I think this is part of a British conspiracy to spread propaganda against Dick Cheney. It is called the "Nice Shot, Dick!" line. They have hats and shirts too! Cheers!

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from Jim Dicken wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

Hey JC, my wife has a gun, my daughter has a gun, and my mother has a gun and all have killed animals of some kind for the table so its not just us guys..LOL

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

"Now that is just plain dumb."C_SCouldn't have said it better...

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from concerned_soldier wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Now that is just plain dumb.V/RC_S

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from Archerwvu wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Things are getting a little strange here. Whats the subject for Monday Dave....panties for outdoors gal?

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from Chad Love wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Apparently my spelling-challenged doppelganger (CHad Love, huh? Creative of you...) is taunting me. I probably shouldn't have fed the troll in the first place. My bad. Sorry, guys.

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from Girly man wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Girly Man, Girly Man,

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from CHad Love wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Chad Love, sounds like a name fore some guy at a bar in San Fran if you ask me

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from tom wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Thank you Chad for being politically correct. Any man or girly man that cannot sign their name should not ba part of this blog.

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from Chad Love wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

You are correct, sir. We're all just compensating, which of course begs the question: why are you here? Don't you have some world music to go download or something?Be gone, troll.

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from Visitor wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Bunch of gun nuts, think a big gun makes you a man

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from JC Blauvelt wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Tom,Sorry. My mistake. Tom can spell.

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from tom wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

JC,Thank you for the correction but the authors nane is "below" the comment!

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from Boar Slayer wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Hey i can to that to any of ur guys shoes for just $1.25 if anyone is interested

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from JC Blauvelt wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Tom, It is TOO (adverb) as in Too bad... Not to (preposition )as in, To go...Shooting ones self in the foot used to be a derogatory term. Now it is a status symbol. Another sign that the end is near.

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from tenX wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

For $400 One should get his very own shot pattern, not a duplicate.

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from GLN Admin wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

I have a suggestion for the next line: shoes with teeth marks. Make it a specialty item for the Washington, D.C. crowd.

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from tom wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

The guy who made the last comment works for the Clinton Administration!

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from Visitor wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

To bad Petzler's foot wasn't in there (or mouth) at the time

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from tom wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Dave,Those are some outstanding shoes. How is the trip to the SCI show coming along?Would those $400 shoes be strong and comfortagble enough to withstand the long days at the show?Please upload some pictures of those nice mounts and the trophy wives!!!

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from Chad Love wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

I'm sure I'm like most of you in that I buy my dress shoes from places like Payless so I can afford to drop $200 on boots (and worth every penny, of course) but I have to admit that's a pretty neat concept for the chi-chi wealthy guys out there.I'm sure most of the urban post-modern hipsters would appreciate the fashionably ironic statement of wearing a shoe patterned with what most of them consider abhorent instruments of a less enlightened and thankfully (at least in the UK)dwindling culture.Personally, I prefer the as-yet-unreleased campfire-melted or dog-chewed patterns, neither of which I require a retail outlet to obtain...On an unrelated note, hope you stocked up on those Ulfrottee longjohns, Dave. If today's NYP article is true, you may need them. Here's hoping the Swedes don't muck anything up, I think it's a pretty good product as is. Maybe they liked that one article you did on my beloved 6.5x55.Skal!

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from Mike Diehl wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Heh. That should be "shotgun washed" -- perforated -- not cut to fit with a katana although I suppose that also would give them a hard-used look.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

About 20 years ago as I recall there was also an American clothing distributer selling "shogun washed" jeans. They'd blast the jeans and wash them a bit to give them a fashionably hard-used look... and sell them for a couple hundred dollars.Some people will pay for anything.

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from Wulffy wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

There is nothing more stylish than looking like you shot yourself in the foot.

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from KJ wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

I hope they were using #8 shot. Anything larger? Well, that would simply be gauche. BTW, I know a guy who did the same thing, but forgot to take his foot out of his boot before he pulled the trigger. After that we called him "Lefty."

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from matt wrote 7 years 10 weeks ago

wy the hell would you bye a shoe for $400 that has bean shot? wy not just go shoot you a cheap pare of loafers for 2 8ths of the prise?

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from Blue Ox wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

Do they come in 15EEE?

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from Zermoid wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

Don't think so, last I heard they were rounding up all the evil, dangerous assault water-guns!I consider myself a Christian and I carry a gun for protection. Christ said to sell your coat to buy a sword, a coat in those days was one of the most important things a person owned, it showed his status in society, a person without a coat was little more than a slave, or beggar's level. To sell your coat to get a weapon was a big sacrifice in that society.It shows how important it was to have a weapon for protection.Good enuf' for me.

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from rw in ohio wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

do the brits still have guns?

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from Keith Wegener wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

You can fool some of the people all of the time all of the people.....

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from jbart wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

Not to change the subject fellas, But I think this is part of a British conspiracy to spread propaganda against Dick Cheney. It is called the "Nice Shot, Dick!" line. They have hats and shirts too! Cheers!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim Dicken wrote 7 years 11 weeks ago

Hey JC, my wife has a gun, my daughter has a gun, and my mother has a gun and all have killed animals of some kind for the table so its not just us guys..LOL

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

"Now that is just plain dumb."C_SCouldn't have said it better...

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from concerned_soldier wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Now that is just plain dumb.V/RC_S

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from Archerwvu wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Things are getting a little strange here. Whats the subject for Monday Dave....panties for outdoors gal?

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from Chad Love wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Apparently my spelling-challenged doppelganger (CHad Love, huh? Creative of you...) is taunting me. I probably shouldn't have fed the troll in the first place. My bad. Sorry, guys.

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from Girly man wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Girly Man, Girly Man,

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from CHad Love wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Chad Love, sounds like a name fore some guy at a bar in San Fran if you ask me

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from tom wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Thank you Chad for being politically correct. Any man or girly man that cannot sign their name should not ba part of this blog.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Chad Love wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

You are correct, sir. We're all just compensating, which of course begs the question: why are you here? Don't you have some world music to go download or something?Be gone, troll.

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from Visitor wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Bunch of gun nuts, think a big gun makes you a man

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from JC Blauvelt wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Tom,Sorry. My mistake. Tom can spell.

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from tom wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

JC,Thank you for the correction but the authors nane is "below" the comment!

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from Boar Slayer wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Hey i can to that to any of ur guys shoes for just $1.25 if anyone is interested

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from JC Blauvelt wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Tom, It is TOO (adverb) as in Too bad... Not to (preposition )as in, To go...Shooting ones self in the foot used to be a derogatory term. Now it is a status symbol. Another sign that the end is near.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from tenX wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

For $400 One should get his very own shot pattern, not a duplicate.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from GLN Admin wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

I have a suggestion for the next line: shoes with teeth marks. Make it a specialty item for the Washington, D.C. crowd.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from tom wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

The guy who made the last comment works for the Clinton Administration!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Visitor wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

To bad Petzler's foot wasn't in there (or mouth) at the time

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from tom wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Dave,Those are some outstanding shoes. How is the trip to the SCI show coming along?Would those $400 shoes be strong and comfortagble enough to withstand the long days at the show?Please upload some pictures of those nice mounts and the trophy wives!!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Chad Love wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

I'm sure I'm like most of you in that I buy my dress shoes from places like Payless so I can afford to drop $200 on boots (and worth every penny, of course) but I have to admit that's a pretty neat concept for the chi-chi wealthy guys out there.I'm sure most of the urban post-modern hipsters would appreciate the fashionably ironic statement of wearing a shoe patterned with what most of them consider abhorent instruments of a less enlightened and thankfully (at least in the UK)dwindling culture.Personally, I prefer the as-yet-unreleased campfire-melted or dog-chewed patterns, neither of which I require a retail outlet to obtain...On an unrelated note, hope you stocked up on those Ulfrottee longjohns, Dave. If today's NYP article is true, you may need them. Here's hoping the Swedes don't muck anything up, I think it's a pretty good product as is. Maybe they liked that one article you did on my beloved 6.5x55.Skal!

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from Mike Diehl wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Heh. That should be "shotgun washed" -- perforated -- not cut to fit with a katana although I suppose that also would give them a hard-used look.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Diehl wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

About 20 years ago as I recall there was also an American clothing distributer selling "shogun washed" jeans. They'd blast the jeans and wash them a bit to give them a fashionably hard-used look... and sell them for a couple hundred dollars.Some people will pay for anything.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Wulffy wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

There is nothing more stylish than looking like you shot yourself in the foot.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from KJ wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

I hope they were using #8 shot. Anything larger? Well, that would simply be gauche. BTW, I know a guy who did the same thing, but forgot to take his foot out of his boot before he pulled the trigger. After that we called him "Lefty."

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