Men who wear loafers without socks (termed “mankles,” we’ll have you know), especially when they’ve got tattooed ankles and in urban areas, are frankly as ludicrous as women who sport Hunter wellies to parade the Kings Road on a summer’s afternoon. There’s a time and a place for fashion but there’s a more important reason items of clothing are created and that reason is practicality and to fit in at a particular occasion.
With news that an Edinburgh pub, The Dreadnought in Leith, is being accused of snobbery for insisting on a gentleman’s dress code and banned turned-up jeans, bare ankles and shoe combinations and ‘jobby catchers’ (or grey tracksuits to those, like us, who’ve never heard of such attire), we join the few leaping to their defence.
The unnamed landlord or landlady of this award winning establishment, who is also considering a ban on the item of sartorial horror that is the flip-flop, is to be saluted for taking a stance against slobbishness. It is, after all, his premises and frankly others should follow his or her lead.
In a statement on Facebook, The Dreadnought announced:
“We were accused of snobbishness last time but, frankly, they just make the place look scruffy.”
“We do our best to keep the place looking reasonably smart and, if the first you see when you walk in is a group of lads wearing matching grey marl jobby catchers, we may as well have installed a beaten up bus shelter in the corner and invited folk to take a slash against it.”
“Just to prove our sartorial prejudices cross all boundaries, we’re also taking a stand against this horrendous current trend of half mast jeans, bare ankles and shoes.”
“If you’re going to base your fashion choices on what the staff at Urban Outfitters were wearing, there’s a place created especially for you. It’s called Brewdog.”
Spot on – as is their view on alcohol free gin. Their thoughts on that? “Can someone tell me what the f*ck is going on?”