Memorial Day has come and gone, and that means we've pulled out the white shoes. (Some traditions are just too sacred to break.) This season, we were particularly lucky, because the very considerate folks at Johnston & Murphy had just delivered a brand-new pair of cream-colored McPherson wingtips to our front door. Their only caveat? That we take a picture showing how we'd chosen to wear them. Simple enough: we were in Manhattan (the weather forecast had seemed iffy), and deciding how to sport these shoes in the city was easy. In our book, white shoes look best with slightly-short khakis or seersucker pants (like these Maison Martin Margiela trousers), and they're always worn without socks. Johnston & Murphy's designers seem to feel the same way about going sockless–these lace-ups look like traditional brogues, but they're built like luxurious sneakers, with full leather linings, extra padding and nothing to irritate a bare foot. Just put them on and go!
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