It was 1955 when a Munsingwear salesman from Minnesota named Abbot Pederson went on a bit of a bender in NYC, and on the flight home ended up with a taxidermied penguin he called Pete as his drinking buddy. At some point, a flirty flight attendant slipped Pederson’s tie from around his neck and slipped it onto Pete. The result was an instant mascot for a great American clothing line.
We’ve always loved Original Penguin shoes, whether casual kicks or dress shoes. Right now at Gilt you can pick up a ton of Original Penguin footwear for up to 60 percent off. We recommend this Barker low-top sneaker in gray suede. The design is simple and clean, which means they are versatile as hell and will look as good with a pair of shorts and a T-shirt as they will dressed up with a summer sports coat and light-colored slim-fit pants. Pick ‘em up right now for $69 instead of $110.
You might also want to snap up a pair of the Wade Derby Shoes (below) for dressier occasions. The Wade has some great details, like scalloped trim on the back and a stacked heel. Since they have an open lacing system similar to Chukkas, they are slightly less formal than an oxford and thus can be worn with more outfits. Available in black or tan, they’re currently marked down to $99 — almost half off.
You may never find yourself drinking with a tie-wearing penguin named Pete, but at least you can enjoy the fruits of Pederson’s shenanigans, and do it on the cheap at that.