Gents' Corner

Never spot ‘lace-up’ shoes with traditional attires

…like President Jonathan


One of my friends, Fred Itua, was once very surprised as we walked side by side one Sunday morning, with my morning dress jacket unbuttoned.  And as usual (he never lets anything escape his humorous tongue), asked why. I told him I just didn’t feel up to it at that moment. But I was quick to add that the rule is to button your jacket (depending on how many the apparel parades) as soon as you are on your feet.

“Everything has rules,” I stated.  “Everything?” he asked again.  “Yes. Everything that is important!” I repeated.

So, practically anything worthy has a set of rules.  And when it concerns apparels and accessories, there are rules enacted and observed over generations, and sometimes amended to suit an era.

When it comes to traditional garbs, shoes with ‘laces’, oxfords or brogues (or their variants), are forbidden.  Yes, forbidden!

Your traditional attires should exhibit loafers and slippers – shoes without ‘laces’.

And the picture of President Goodluck Jonathan, adorning a pair of ‘lace-ups’ with his Niger Delta ensemble in Israel on Monday, October 28, 2013, drew our attention to the faux pas.

Why shouldn’t you wear traditional attires with ‘lace-ups’?  They look untidy and inelegant and graceless.  Same way one can’t wear a pair of sneakers with buba and sokoto, or agbada with bowler hats.

Why do we cackle and bend over with laughter when Baba Suwe (the abundantly talented comedian) saunters into view in any movie, adorning mismatched traditional attire with a pair of sneakers? Even before he says anything?  It’s because his attire is comical. 

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  • Dark Mode

    Cute dress combined with comfy sneakers is spring’s hottest look, for me. And i personally wear simple white sneakers with other clothes. So many colors and styles, i bought mine online here . Good luck