UNIFORM | Mrs. P Hicks


I follow Stephanie of Even*Cleveland on Twitter and am therefore not totally and completely out of the loop on everything. Case in point: her calling to my attention Mrs. P Hicks, the "better half" of the American-made tie maker Pierrepont Hicks. Other than the fact that Mrs P Hicks makes great-looking classic rugged shoes for women that are Made in the USA, the label's founder and creative director, Kat McMillan, also hit on a point that simply states exactly why I wanted to start this blog two and half years ago. She writes:

"I have always gravitated toward the men's style of fashion, especially in footwear. I love the Chukka, Wallabee and Desert Boot. Soon I came to wonder: Why were women's versions of these designed so often with additional frilly details that made them 'feminine'?"

Exactly. Why does a cutesy or non-functional detail make something more feminine and desirable? I don't want a Desert Boot with a heel and a flower detail. I want a Desert Boot, period. Femininity isn't a color scheme. Thank you Mrs P Hicks for getting that and executing it with such style.

20 comments:

Nicole said...

I don't want a Desert Boot with a heel and a flower detail. I want a Desert Boot, period.

Exactly! And those boots look great. Think it's time to start saving for some new shoes.

Anonymous said...

Love all of this. Finally!!

evencleveland said...

Aw, thanks! I've discovered so many wonderful things on this blog through the years, that I am as pleased as punch to be able to share something good back.

Also of note: not only does Mrs. P. Hicks make awesome mocs, she has a killer ride: http://secretforts.com/2012/10/16/the-fall-three-katherine-mcmillan-mrs-p-hicks/

FactoryExtreme said...

Oh yes, this is great Collection!! I like your blog..

Amielle said...

Why does a cutesy or non-functional detail make something more feminine and desirable? I don't want a Desert Boot with a heel and a flower detail. I want a Desert Boot, period. Femininity isn't a color scheme.

I second this so much. And it seems like it gets harder and harder to find a pair that doesn't have the cutesy, non-functional details attached to it. These are perfect!

jocelyn said...

this is exactly what i've always wanted!

mamavalveeta03 said...

Lizzie, these are SO perfect. I hate frilly. It is not me at all. They sound comfy, too. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah Gregg Millman said...

Ah yes! Similarly, it drives me nuts when they add "feminine" details like darts to a button down shirt. Thank you for the post!

Diana said...

True dat! I hate when I pick up an otherwise cool looking shoe and it's got a big ass wedge or it's been bedazzled or something.

Ronnie Fieg also makes some pretty cool shoes for women: http://shop.ronniefieg.com/collections/womens-shoes

Lexie said...

even*cleveland is one of the best blogs on the internet! SM is so curious and smart!

Anonymous said...

Dream shoe.

sweet harvest moon said...

One of each, please!

Jo said...

This is all so true! I'm always pulled towards men's clothing and in particular the coats and shoes. I recently bought a men's coat from Uniqlo which my mum loved and said she too prefers men's things as they are practical, unlike the women's versions which are invariably flowery or bright pink (in my case the coat I got was an outdoors all weather coat in black and all the female ones were either bright pink or lilac...). My mum told me she used to wear Clark's original desert boots, levi 501s and faded out tshirts throughout the 70s as her staple uniform as it meant she could muck in with whatever the boys were up to - horse riding, sailing, building dens in the woods etc... I am exactly the same and so I always wear Clarks (being in the UK I was raised on Clarks shoes). So, to finally get to my point, I adore these shoes and the theory behind them. At last another brand of great women's footwear, made in our sizes but that don't hold us back from actually DOING THINGS! (Sorry for the longest comment ever and for the brief family history lesson) :-/

Teresa Serikawa said...

One of each, please!

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Womens Shoes said...

What immensely pretty shoes. Their beauty – for me lies not only in their classic shapes and materials but in the fact that they so seamlessly merge function and elegance together.

Tradlands said...

"I have always gravitated toward the men's style of fashion, especially in footwear. I love the Chukka, Wallabee and Desert Boot. Soon I came to wonder: Why were women's versions of these designed so often with additional frilly details that made them 'feminine'?"

This is such a great paragraph.

We share the exact sentiments and feel more womenwear will start sharing and enjoying some of the great aspects of menswear.

All womenswear does not have to be pinks, purples, and lightweight fabrics that fall of the shoulder. Women want quality fabrics and superior construction that will last beyond the next runway season.

Mrs P Hicks is doing it very correctly.

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Anonymous said...

Just finding you now and reading through. This my problem exactly with "feminized" footwear. I am an adult female - I don't need or want it/anything in pink or sparkles.

These are perfect.

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