Black and White Shoes, and More

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Olive-Trench-Coat-and-Black-Hat

In You Only Live Twice, Bond visits Dikko Henderson’s (Charles Gray) home and follows the Japanese custom of removing his shoes. Bond finds himself leaving in a hurry to chase after Henderson’s killer, without time to put on his shoes. After running outside in his stocking feet, Bond kills the man who killed Henderson, taking not only his shoes but also his trench coat and fedora as a disguise. Bond wears the olive trench coat over his black and white herringbone suit. The knee-length trench coat is double-breasted with ten buttons. It has raglan sleeves, shoulder straps, a yoke across the upper back, a storm flap on the front right, and a single vent. It has a self belt—which Bond lets hang—and wrist straps that close with a leather buckles. The hat is a black fedora with a medium-narrow brim, a centre dent and front pinch in the crown, and a wide grosgrain ribbon.

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Though the shoes are black and white and resemble co-respondent/spectator shoes, they are not such shoes in the traditional sense. The vamp is white and has a black stripe up the middle. The quarters are also white. The toe piece that extends around the front of the shoe is black, as is the heel counter. The shoes have black elastic gussets on the sides of the instep. The soles and heels are black. It difficult to tell if these shoes are leather, but the soles look like leather due to the wear. Rest assured, these ugly shoes are not Bond’s own!

Black-and-White-Shoes-Fight

During the fight, the shoes appear to be taller. The white extends higher in the front and back, but not on the sides. You can see the difference in the photo above. It’s not unusual for different shoes to be used in the same scene for more physically demanding parts.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t mind these shoes to be honest. I wouldn’t buy them but I can see how they would be popular in Asia. When I lived in Japan I was constantly puzzled by what was popular there. Either they were so far ahead fashion wise that I couldn’t figure it out or they were in some weird alternate dimension time loop and were 20 years behind. All and all not the most hideous shoe I’ve seen this year.

  2. The coat looks like it’s from Acuascutum. I think this coat is defenitely something Bond could have in his own wardrobe, I really like the brownish/greyish olive colour, it’s much more subtle than in beige.

  3. Did this have anything to do with 1930s fashion made popular by the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” which also came out in 1967?

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