Monday, October 31, 2011

Shoe Rationing Ends Today

On this day in 1945, the US government lifted the ration on footwear enacted during World War II. 

Early in February, 1943 a ration was placed on footwear made of leather.  Some exceptions were made shortly after ratoining began and exempted items such as huaraches, skate shoes and bathing slippers. 

According to Donald Kolkman in "US Rationing during WWII",

"The shoe rationing program was a uniform coupon program. By the use of stamps having no
termination date, every individual was given the right to purchase a pair of shoes with each valid shoe
stamp contained in his Ration Book #3. Shoe stamps were validated periodically. War ration shoe
stamps were transferable between members of a family living together in the same household.

In cases of exceptional need, which if not satisfied would lead to hardship, Boards granted extra rations to consumers by giving them special shoe stamps. Members of the armed forces who applied to Local Boards for a shoe ration were referred to the nearest Army or Navy installation. The Board was not authorized to issue them a shoe ration except under circumstances of the most extreme hardship as specified in the instructions".


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tsubo - yup, that's a silent "T"

A fresh hit of Men's and Women's Tsubo have arrived.  Tsubo's current riffing on iconic silhouetes reigns supreme; from the classic men's cap-toe brogue, the Wexler, or the refined, cinematic classiness of the women's pump, the Dufay, to the 1940s Parisian fashion nod in the Cusus.  A date night out in any of these is sure to give you a tatse of red carpet cool.   Take a peek...

The Wexler, available in Brown and Black.

The Duffay, available in Claret, Slate, and Black.

The Cusus, available in Chocolate and Black.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Exceptional Men's Shoes Land in Ballard!

A nice looking set of rugged, classic and sporty men's footwear arrived at the store recently.  Here, a respectable array from Clarks, Timberland and Camper, to whet your appetite.  

Three from Clarks, the Hilliard, and the Maguire two ways.

From Timberland, the Earth Keepers City 6" side zip, two ways.

And from Spain, Camper hits us with a couple of fresh, Euro sneakers, the Pelotas and the Beetle.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ooh, la, la

New Pikolinos and a Sunday trip to the Market, both of which are a pleasure to enjoy.


Thursday, October 06, 2011

Ballard Art Walk featuring Mark Banaag

Join us this Saturday, October 8th, from 6-9 PM, as we host the canvas and photographic work of Mark Banaag .  Of his work Mark says,

"In my opinion, the biggest influence anyone can have in life comes from their surroundings.
Influences of nature, city life, and urban culture are what I take and transfer in two ways: canvas
work and photography.

A city, skyline, and urban environment can radiate its own vibrance, atmosphere, and aesthetic.
Using spray paint and acrylic, I like to celebrate and transfer these sometimes overlooked
characteristics and emotions onto canvas. Whether it be a city of darkness, energy, chaos, or
uniformity, these are the characteristics that I feel define an urban environment and need to be

A city is not just define by what it looks from the outside, but through feelings, emotions, and
occurrences from within. Through photography, I strive to take pictures of moments that can
leave an impression. Whether it is a simple elderly couple walking by showing the endurance of
life, the sun beaming through the cracks of urban sprawl, the unique and persistent methods to
everyday living, the beautiful architecture with nature, or simply the way someone can look at
you, they are simple things that define life. I try to spotlight on something that one might pass
everyday in their life without realizing its impact.

Emotions should be expressed and shared. They help give us a definition to our surroundings."

Well said, Mark.  We look forward to hosting Mark's work, and we look forward to seeing you at the show.

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Seattle, WA 98107