On August 10, 1957, teens and twenty-somethings across America got their bucks ready for Saturday night – their white bucks, that is. A favorite footwear of both guys and gals, white bucks required serious maintenance to keep them looking just right. Clean-cut singing heart-throb Pat Boone was known for his signature white bucks, often worn with twill slacks, an open-necked shirt, and sleeveless sweater vest. Guys could vary the “uniform” with a letterman’s sweater or maybe the addition of a narrow tie. Girls wore white bucks, too, with the ever-popular circle skirts, angora sweaters, and pearls or neck scarves.
How to clean your bucks after a week of wear and tear? The first step was to remove dry stains with a suede or pencil eraser. Next, use a sponge or dampened towel to clean the suede uppers. Grease stains (Hair? Car? Remember Grease: The Musical?) could be removed with sawdust and dry cleaning solvent. Stubborn stains might finally respond to scrubbing with a white vinegar-sprinkled towel. The final touch? Neaten up your bucks with a thorough brushing using a special suede brush.
Now you’re ready to cruise down to the drive-in. Unless, of course, you’re a different sort of guy (or gal). Then you’d want to make sure your bucks were as scuffed and dirty as possible.
Image Credits: Pat Boone/CBS News