“According to legend that floated in through an open window this morning, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon set out to work on his first shoe at an off-the-grid, rumored-to-be-mystical cobbler’s shop on Staten Island, N.Y., deciding first that the color salmon embodied the emotions he was feeling, unaware that a world away in the downtown New York style scene, shoe fashionistas had declared salmon as the new brown mere hours before. It was around dinner time, and the shop was located in the same block as Ruddy and Dean steakhouse, which was having a fish special. Vernon set out to capture the moment.”
(Excerpted from Randall Roberts’ politely scathing review of Justin Vernon’s design for Keds’ Ramos line. Roberts also apparently thinks that all Midwesterners are Wranglers-wearing, unmatched, ill-fitted small town imbeciles ((“Black mixed with brown — something only a Midwesterner would attempt”)), or maybe I’m just feeling defensive because I’m writing this from my mom’s house in Wisconsin. Either way, those shoes are pretty fug).