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Wouldn't it be great if walking sticks were in style again? I don't mean for medical purposes, but just as a stylish part of your wardrobe? Back in the day, no well dressed man would leave the house without his stick! ------- Well, maybe it's because we all wear jeans and tee shirts now, and the fashionable walking stick just looks out of place.
Don't hear me wrong -- I really don't want to wear a suit and tie everywhere either, I get enough of that in my work! But if we could just sneak the stick back into fashion without appearing disabled or bearing a weapon.

Just saying!
 

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Don't think its because we wear jeans and T's. I think its because nobody really goes on a "promenade." Recall, at one time even a gentleman walked farther in a day than most homeless.
I'm sure your right to some degree -- however, I think it is also a matter of style --- but I hope your right about the stick coming back into vogue, I'm all in favor!
 

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You are quite right. Gentlemen do appreciate style. I was commenting that a hundred years ago, because everyone walked a lot, a gent could show style with a well carved and appointed cane. Now, it seems to me, aside from a good suit, the stye shows from a cell phone or a fancy watch. Walking sticks don't seem to fit as well w. contemporary urban life as they once did.
I agree!
 

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I agree about the walking sticks and I have another, Hats, specifically the Fedora (Indiana Jones style). I should mention that I live in West Virginia so a lot of us old coots sport hand carved walking sticks when we get to the point of needing one, which I do now. And I have noticed in recent years that the hats are making a comeback as well, they just go well with a good stick. I will say also that even though walking sticks are less used than in the past, when I go out with even my simple ones I get a lot of interest in them, oddly enough from women as well. So I guess the lesson is good stick and a fedora, a winning combination.
Thanks for the input Alador! And welcome to the site! I agree, hats and canes seem to go hand n hand -- I don't "need" the cane all the time, yet, but with my hair challenged head I do "need" the hat!
 

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After a youth doing farm work, three years mostly outdoors in the Marine Corps, and decades as a geologist commonly in the field, the sun has taken its toll. Hats are mandatory.
Hat etiquette however, has been mostly lost. My grandfather, my father, and then my D.I. demanded that hats, covers will be removed when indoors. I still remove my cover, but I seldom see that respectful custom practiced these days.
I agree, hats and nice walking sticks mesh well.
Your right CAS! Hat etiquette has gone by the wayside -- I too take my hat off indoors, it's just the way I was taught. Maybe we stick collectors/makers ought to just start a trend and carry openly. :)
 

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It occurred to me that though I've seen as many canes, walking sticks, and staffs in museum's as I have seen on the streets, that there must still be quite a few antiques around. Turns out that there are a great many. Often spectacularly embellished w. gold, silver, ivory, semi-precious stones, etc. I suspect if there is a great return of popularity, not only would contemporary makers have to compete w. plastic and aluminum canes, etc., but the huge number of fine works that have the added value of age.

Hard to make an item of distinction among such competition.
Ahhhh, but therein lies the challenge!
 

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As far as I can see, those antique canes are already out of reach for me and most others. I used to run and antique shop and go to every auction I could for stock. Anytime a good walking stick came up it went for too much money to make any profit on. I wanted them mostly for myself so I decided to try and make my own. I liken this to the resurgence of interest in acoustic musical instruments. The price for good vintage guitars etc. soon outpaced my ability to buy them, but I could buy a good new one to play and that is the beauty of it, thoses new ones got better and better to compete with the vintage ones nobody could afford. I think there will aways be a market for quality whether antique or just created by a good artisan.
Good point! I agree!!
 

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To quote Irving Berlin:

Without my walking stick,
I'd go insane
I can't look my best, I feel undressed
without my cane

And to quote Lyle Lovett:

My mama told me
Son to be polite
Take your hat off
When you walk inside
But the winds of change
They fill the air
And you can't set your hat down
Just anywhere

And to quote Forrest Gump:

And that's all I have to say about that.
I like it!
 

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To add to the list of gentleman's accessories, Spats!

I recall from my old scout's manual the pic of a fellow happily striding along with his ankles enclosed w. spats. And, as several articles have mentioned "The last time walking sticks were popular was when Fred Astaire..." Many pics of Fred w. cane, spats, tails, etc. I sincerely doubt I will ever wear a top hat. A fedora, maybe. But I would consider spats.
When you get all "Duded" up make sure you post a pick!
 

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I see you guys resurrected this old post! But that's OK -- it's a good subject to contemplate and hope for! I carry a stick much more often than I use to -- of course some times I need to!
 

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just thinking whats sort of hat would comliment you with that stick

hope not a baseball hat worn back to front. with jeans barley hanging on your hips
How about a ten gallon western style dont know what they call it but this is going back something Hpalong Csssidy would wear old very old black and white western Childerns old cinerma program
OK -- I'll bite, which stick are you talking about?
 

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not taking the micky this time but all the people here
still would like to see you in a ten gallon hat lol just cant imagine you in a bowler or mayby i can ooophs just fell of the chair laughing
and yes i do wear a hat when i go travelling just to keep the sun of me
Are you sipping the whiskey out of your cane again? :)
I do wear a ball cap, but also have a western style hat as well as something warm for this time of year. No ten gallon hat, maybe CAS down in his part of the country has one of those hanging on a nail!
 
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