I finished shaving and undid my tie, switching from an Italian print to a wine and olive rep. I changed my side buckle shoes to a relatively more conservative pair of black oxfords that had thin steel plates wrapped around the outside of the toes. I put on a thrift shop Harris Tweed, secured the apartment, and drove to work.

George Pelecanos
From: A Firing Offense (Hachette Book Group, 1992)

Side buckle shoes by The Dandy ProjectSource: Gentleman’s Gazette

I got into the passenger side of the big Ford and dropped the tabloid on the seat between us. LaDuke wore a starched white shirt with a solid black tie. He had shined his thick black oxfords, the only shoes I had ever seen on his feet.

George Pelecanos
From: Down By the River Where The Dead Men Go (St. Martin's Press, 1995)

Kielman Black OxfordsSource: Jan Kielman

“Hey, Weiner,” Randolph said, nudging him with his elbow, nodding towards the woman’s feet. “What you figure her shoe size is?”

“I have no idea,” Weiner said.

“I’ll bet you ten bucks she’s a nine.”

“You make your living selling shoes.” Weiner shook his head. “That’s a sucker’s bet.”

“Anyway,” Randolph said, “she would have told you she’s an eight and a half. But believe me—the freak is a nine.”

George Pelecanos 
From: Shoedog (St. Martin's Press, 1994)

Dogs Die In Hot Cars
Man Bites Man EP (V2 Records, 2004)

Lionel looked himself over. He wore pressed jeans and a Hilfiger shirt with Timberland boots. 'What, you don't like my hookup?''You look fine.''Got me some brand-new Timbs.''Sears makes a better boot for half the price.''Ain't got that little tree on 'em, though.'

George Pelecanos
From: Right As Rain (Little Brown, 2001)

Vintage Men's Sears WearmasterSource: ebay

“Out on those mean streets, you mean?”

“Go ahead and laugh. After you walk a mile in my shoes.”

“ ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’?” I said. “Joe South, nineteen-sixty-nine.”


“Forget it.”

George PelecanosFrom: Nick's Trip (St. Martin's Press, 1993)

Joe SouthWalk a Mile in My Shoes 7" (Capitol, 1969)