The Mr. Hare SS16 Collection is called
The Peoples Democratic Republic Of The Future !! (#TPDROTF)
Despite being heinously misrepresented and executed throughout history, the idea of a Peoples Democratic Republic is surely a noble one that values the free choice of the individual and relies on the collective Tolerance of the people to accept difference and do right by it. In a nutshell.
What would a Peoples Democratic Republic of The Future look like?
Well if you found all the people on the planet who were happy with their lot right now, felt safe and wanted for nothing, and looked at their environment I guess it would look like that. I believe that in that sample group the majority would not be Rich, would not be White, would not be Male. So it already sounds better.
In 2016, Mr. Hare already lives in the Peoples Democratic Republic of The Future. I make beautiful shoes for a living and I enjoy the weekends with my friends and family and I promote positivity at every possible opportunity.
That’s the title explained, now lets get to the shoes.
This is the Andreas.
The Andreas is an elegant asymmetric double monk strap. The first Mr. Hare Double Monkstrap on the Miles last. If you have enjoyed the Miles, Bird, Blakey, Poitier or even the ‘Trane boot, then this is the Double Monk for you. Andreas is available in Black Calf, Brown Calf, Brown Suede and Blue Suede. Notice how all the metalwork sits high up on the shoe, I did that because the Bird looked like an E-type Jag from the side, because of its elegant lines and I swore I wasn’t going to make another clunky Double Monkstrap until it looked that good.
The big benefit of a double monkstrap is that it operates like Derby and allows a larger proportioned foot access to a slimmer shoe silhouette, so anyone who ever wanted a Bird, but just couldn’t get their foot in there, KAPOW !! it’s ya birthday !!
Penet is back !!
You will have noticed in the opening shot of this post, a new razor sharp loafer that didn’t exist before.
Well it did exist as a style because it is the Penet (pronounced Pené, does that help? It probably doesn’t if you cant read French so try P’nay or Pennai or even Pen, eh? if you are from New Zealand), only this time it is executed in handsome soft all black calf. It still comes in the original Calf/Suede combos of Blue or Brown or Black, that the original SlayGun* Penet came in, but now there is an all leather version so you can look that slick in the office too.
*Is what it says.
Minister for Photography in the People Democratic Republic of The Future would without a doubt be Mr. Malick Sidibé of Studio Malik in Bamako, Mali. From one tiny studio he documented and transformed the perception of an entire continent, if not already but in the future when everyone is familiar with his work. A simple, sharp, honest portrayal of exactly what you see. I could similarly be describing his work or these shoes I made in his name. The Sidibé is a four hole, wholecut on the iconic Mr. Hare Orwell last. The last that brought you Orwell, King Tubby, Genet and Penet. Connoisseurs will know those are some of Mr. Hares most Rock n Roll and Swashbuckling styles of the past, so that’s some serious downplay on a seriously outrageous last. I guess what I am trying to say is that they don’t have to hear you straight away to feel you.
The Penny Wilde.
Not only did I refine and bring back the Wilde I made this very handsome penny loafer version for less flagrant occasions. I always new that the Tassel vs Penny beef was as heated as Montagues vs Capulets, and when I had to choose a flag I naturally went Tassel, but since then I have become acquainted with many fine and worthy Penny folk, and I have to say we both love loafers, so…
The Penny Wilde comes in a Calf and Suede combo because the suede vamp is much lighter and more comfortable in the summer months and the texture difference is everything. You can have Penny Wildes in Black/Black, Brown/Brown and Blue/Blue but if you really want to absolutely Loaf out, you have to go for the Blue/Whites, pictured above. That’s warrior level Loafing.
Now if you are specifically looking for some high summer formal shoe game, The traditional Buck shoe is a tried and tested classic. It consists usually of a suede or nubuck upper, usually constructed as a snub nose derby and can have either a clay red or white rubber or foam sole. Now a Mr. Hare Buck doesn’t even share the same name let alone features. The BUX, (check #ibuxwiththat on instagram) is an entirely different vintage.
Instead of any old pig suede, the BUX is made from cashmere suede because I have standards.
The BUX sole is made from the very lightest EVA microfoam which is as light as a feather, and that weight loss enables me to add leather inserts to the sole for stabilisation and structure without you even noticing a weight difference.
The BUX is also lined with a pigment dyed calf leather which is almost the same as skin to skin, so going sockless is almost as good as sex.*
Besides the Red, White and Blue cashmere suede versions there is also a handsome black calf version, for goths in hot countries.
*Measurement was against the sex I have, so in many cases it could feasibly be considered better than sex.
Last but not least, for today anyway, I would like you to stand back or sit down while I introduce to you the BB.
It must be said that these shoes alone will not suddenly get you invited to all the best parties VIP. You will not suddenly get shout outs from artists in their Grammy speeches. You won’t instantly have your own page on Getty Images. You won’t automatically look as stylish as Young Americans’ era Bowie. Those pretty young girls in the club won’t suddenly have anything interesting to say and Your instagram will not suddenly ‘blow up’ (actually, that last one might happen).
But with these shoes and just a little belief, what I have described could be you.