All is not rosy in my garden of denim and work wear, contrary to popular opinion I do not love everything about this scene, in fact there are certain things, brands and products which I go right against the grain on. There are commonly held opinions that I cannot help but disagree with and there are unwritten rules which I believe remain unwritten because they are utter rubbish. Allow me to elaborate on a few.
I’ll start with a big one by taking aim at undoubtedly the biggest brand in footwear connected with the denim and work wear scene and I will nail my colours to the mast and state that I do not like them. They are common,mostly ugly, much more expensive than they were only a few years ago (in Europe at least), poorly constructed for their price point and I am simply bored of seeing them. As a brand I feel that they do not inspire any sort of emotive response, I don’t love them and I don’t hate them….they’re just a bit dull.
I know that people will start calling me out on just about every point there and I simply do not care, for the money you pay for them I have no idea why a person wouldn’t just wait another couple of months and buy Wesco, Viberg, Nicks or White’s (before they get taken over by the Japanese version of the Quickiemart). Honestly, I have worn Red Wings extensively (Moc Toe boots and Gentlemen Travellers), and when I first tried on a pair of White’s Semi Dress I could have kicked myself about all the money I had spent on Red Wings, the difference in quality is vast.
From the common place, overuse of the wedge sole to the characterless leather and sometimes obnoxious branding I am not a fan of this brand at all. I wish I was, in a way it would make things easier for me as I know so many people who love Red Wings that I would stop having to explain myself when they ask me if I like their boots. I will make exception for some of their engineer boots, which I genuinely like the look of, I’d still rather save an extra couple of months and buy a pair of Wesco Boos though.
Loop Wheel Does Not Mean Better
This commonly accepted opinion that loop wheeled tee’s, sweatshirts and hoodies are the best needs to stop. Loop wheel is a construction technique which eliminates side seams, and that is all. I could make an equally compelling argument that a double stitched felled seam add much more strength to a potential stress area than a lack of one from a tube body construction. Sorry people, but I honestly believe that this is a case of loop wheel being adopted as a byword for awesome, and it can be, just not above everything else.
Work Wear Is Not Fashion, And Should Not Be Treated As Such
There is perhaps nothing which annoys me more in the world of denim and workwear than seeing a photo shoot where a brand or a retailer have gathered together a bunch of super good looking people in an industrial/ rural location and taken pictures of these folks trying to look awesomely casual in thousands of dollars worth of Japanese made work wear. To me, this completely misses the point of the entire scene and smacks of the high fashion, low morals side of clothing.
Take a look at the fit pics from Japanese retailers, or the work of photographers like Farhad Samari for Flathead, this is the kind of imagery which should be selling work wear in my opinion.
Wear, Don’t Store
Probably my most famous unpopular sentiment, a drum which I have banged often in the past and one which I won’t ding into in detail again here. Simply put, I think that high priced, high quality denim should be worn rather than stored and to do otherwise is missing the point. I know many great folks who disagree with me on this, and it isn’t their fault that they are wrong ha ha.