Trying to decide if I should rescind my general approval of Richard Armitage’s footwear choices, or: I guess he wasn’t channeling Lucas North today

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~ by Servetus on April 21, 2015.

143 Responses to “Trying to decide if I should rescind my general approval of Richard Armitage’s footwear choices, or: I guess he wasn’t channeling Lucas North today”

  1. The shoes I don’t mind so much. It’s the rolled pant cuffs. He’s not a Bay City Roller fer crissakes! lol

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  2. The conservative side of me is having trouble from the knee down 😉 Otherwise gorgeous!

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    • yes, he is definitely still beautiful!

      This is really different from most things we’ve seen on his feet. If he needed a little break from the ordinary, good for him, but it is a bit headshaking.

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  3. Red socks as well. Does have some resemblance to the Bay City Rollers doesn’t he? Guess he likes it all.

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  4. Yeah, that’s a confidence level all on its own.

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  5. If he’s trying to be inconspicuous… um….

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    • yeah, I’m almost tempted to say he wanted to be seen. That’s maybe victim blaming, though.

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      • LOL. I’d notice any guy wearing that combination. And not necessarily favorably. Though I must say he carries it well. =)

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        • maybe someone dared him. 🙂 Or maybe he wanted to give us something to talk about.

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        • Or he’s living out his teenage impulse with the bright orange trousers that he bought and didn’t wear.

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          • Ich weiß garnicht, wo genau ich mit meinem Kommentar einsteigen soll, um meinen Senf auch noch abgeben: Genau das alles schoss mir gestern Nacht noch durchs übermüdete Gehirn: er will gesehen werden, er weiß, dass er gesehen wird, er will seine Jugend nachträglich ein wenig ausleben, er gibt uns Futter zum Tratschen, herrje die Farbe der Schuhe. Aber dann: bitte, bitte roll die Hosen wieder runter. Auch wenn man dann die “tollen” (=heißt ja auch “verrückt”!) Socken nicht sieht.
            Jedenfalls schreit der Look förmlich: Shoot me!!!! Ich lieeeeebe seine Schuhe ebenfalls fast ohne Ausnahme, bisher jedenfalls 🙂 , aber das ist schon recht offensichtlich inszeniert.
            Fazit: der Plan ist aufgangen. Danke Mr. A. für diese frühmorgendlichen, komplett überflüssigen Überlegungen 🙂

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    • I mean, why shouldn’t you be able to walk through an airport with bright orange socks against contrasting blue/purple shoes totally unnoticed and unremarked upon?

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      • Actually in Toronto I’d say he would fit right in 😀

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        • That’s it! It’s a Toronto thing!

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          • OK, Toronto writes in privately to say this is definitely not a Toronto thing; Toronto prefers to wear brown and black this time of year.

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            • Sting was right , I should say:

              “He is an alien , an legal alien, an Englishman in New York ”

              “If manners make the man as someone said
              Then he’s the hero of the day 🙂 (:
              It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
              Be yourself no matter what they say .

              Modesty , propriety can lead to notoriety 🙂 (:
              you could end up as the only one
              Gentleness , sobriety are rare in this society
              At night a candle’s brighter than the sun .

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      • I’m sure he’s entitled to wear whatever bizarre footwear combo that floats his boat. To go totally unnoticed and unremarked upon? Nope. I’m hoping for another airplane socks selfie. I bet he’s pleased with himself. Lol

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      • My husband commented that perhaps he wanted to draw attention away from his face. Perhaps…

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    • That’s what the sunglasses are for. So no one notices him. 🙂

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  6. IMHO he isn’t the right shape for this look but I do quite like the shoes and the bright socks and I think him rolling his trousers up to highlight them is quite cute. I do it myself so I get why he would do that.

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  7. Barring socks with Birks, I’m pretty much good. I love the blue shoes 🙂

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  8. He’s a hoot….I like it..Only Mr. Armitage can pull that off…Just adorkable

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  9. I am hereby breaking my holy law of never commenting online on RA’s attire:

    No. Just…no.

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    • p.s. Still think he looks pretty nice, though, as always. One of many reasons for said holy law. (OK, I’ll shut up now. For some reason I can’t stop commenting on this post. I think those blue shoes – blue suede shoes? is this an Elvis thing? – are causing me some sort of philosophical crisis! 🙂 )

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      • those shoes are really crisis-worthy. I had a little crisis myself last night.

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        • Es ist schon total wichtig, Prioritäten zu setzen. Auch und vor allem bei der Auswahl der persönlichen Krisen 🙂

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          • I know, right? Could I still love Richard Armitage even with shoes like this? What if this is the REAL Richard Armitage and all those wonderful boots and oxfords and brogues throughout the years have been a masquerade???

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            • Also dann Servetus, dann wird es richtig existentiell. Vielleicht müssen wir dann eine separate Therapiegruppe aufmachen. Bin dabei. Denn die Schuhe haben mich bisher auch immer wieder aufgerichtet. Ich dachte eigentlich, das sei bei ihm sicheres Terrain. Man wird doch immer wieder eines Besseren belehrt. Oder halt, ist das vielleicht eine ganz miese Aktion von diesem Robert Hermitage? Dem platzt der Kragen und er rächt sich mit solch einer Aktion? Verschwörungstheorien allerorten……

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              • maybe he’s having his own footwear crisis!

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                • Who knows. Warum soll es ihm besser gehen, als uns, seinen treuen, ihn mit Argusaugen verfolgenden Really-really-well-wishern. Ich mag diese Stürme im Wasserglas.

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                  • All those years of totally masculine, brown, black, leather shoes, Converse in neutral colors … and suddenly he wants bright blue shoes!!! Armitage breaks out!

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                    • I really, really wanted to mention it in german, for not to embarrass him, but we have no other term for it: midlifecrisis? 🙂 Ist halt alles schwer menschliche, aber auch schmerzlich für andere 🙂

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                    • hey, if changing his shoes is how his midlife crisis hits, I can totally support that. (If it meant changing his job I would have a little problem with that. Just a little one 🙂 ).

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                    • 100% einverstanden. Da haben wir ja mal wieder prima die Kurve gekriegt.

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                    • Liberation anyone 😉

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            • but.. these are brogues 🙂 see evidence above, just sky blue ones :-p like for the spring is coming 😉

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  10. He can wear just about anything and still look gorgeous imho. I don’t mind the footwear so much, but my inner OCD is dying to re-roll those cuffs 😊 or even better.. to unroll them!

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  11. Yes ,I am generally in favour of his choices but these are a bit of a concern. 😳

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  12. dorky

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  13. Perhaps, he just finished 10 frames at a nearby bowling alley and forgot to return the shoes! but you got to applaud the freestyle!!

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  14. Remember he has said in the past that he don’t have the best fashion sense. I still like boots the best.

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  15. Holy…….
    Well, äh….interesting combination {coughs}

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  16. He seems to have a split personality with his airport look. Don’t look at me, I am hiding behind sunglasses. Look at me, I am wearing crazy pinky/orangey socks with blue shoes and rolled up jeans. So we are supposed to notice his feet and overlook his face? If you only saw his feet, wouldn’t you look up to see who would make such a weird fashion statement? I would. And where or where can the ever present leather jacket be? Or did he branch out into suede?

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  17. Don’t step on my Blue Suede Shoes! Maybe he got his inspiration for his shoes and the rolled up pants from this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsi_xa7KUQo

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  18. I don’t hate it…on him at least. In fact I love that he appears to wear what he wants without concern for what anyone might think…bravo Richard, bravo!

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  19. If he doesn’t want to get noticed he needs to take off the shades. He is indoors..LOL

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  20. Guylty, calling Guylty! We need an ooof story from you to explain this outfit. And a photo in the Irish airport from one of your Irish fangirls when he lands. We need to know if he’s still wearing those socks and shoes when he gets off that plane. Which should be any minute now by my clock. Come on, you Irish stalkers. Rise and shine. You’re on duty.

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    • The caption from Corbis says: “Photographed: 18. April 2015” so sadly we probably won’t see pics from the Irish airport.
      But I am with you on the ooof story!!!

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      • Spot on Guylty! Auch wenn das Material in seiner fotografischen Qualität natürlich nicht oooof-würdig ist. Schon klar. Aber das Farbkonzept gehört dringend nochmal akademisch und tiefenpsychologisch besprochen.

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      • Oh, wow, so these were taken Saturday? Which would confirm one of my theories about why he wasn’t photographed at the wrap party: because he wasn’t there. The timing of the “wrap tweets” yesterday would then be a tad after the fact, but that’s ok.

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        • Yes, or at least this is what Corbis stated

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          • I also call on Guylty – This is oof-worthy stuff.
            It’s always easy to state after the fact, but I suspected he wouldn’t stay for the wrap-party. The FD shoot was late, and he wouldn’t want others to wait for him. I suspected he would use the weekend to get to Ireland quickly.

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    • Since Porter flies out of a small Toronto regional airport, I am taking a guess that he was flying into Newark, NJ first before heading to Ireland. Yes, I checked..LOL

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    • As cRAmerry said – not really ooofworthy material – and slightly paparrazzi-ish to boot (no pun intended), so there won’t be a photo analysis of this. As for an explanation for this look a la oooflet – I think he is practicing for this snazzy sockwear choice in advance of his arrival in Ireland: http://www.dublingiftcompany.com/images/products/thumb/T9258.jpg

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  21. I’ve been having RA withdrawals so seeing him in blue suede shoes and pinkish socks is alright by me!

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  22. LOL! coughMy teenage daughter says he looks cool 😉

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  23. the 80’s are back! and he looks so pleased with himself 🙂

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  24. Love me a bit of Armitage-shock on a Tuesday morning. Thank you!

    I did read somewhere that he was flamboyant when he was younger, and I always thought: “Whaaat?”

    Now, we get to see the flamboyant side – good for him. Those socks, are they pink by any chance? And the shoes…looove the shoes. And the sweater, and the jacket 🙂 Some fashion statement you’ve got going there, Mr Armitage. If you want to be anonymous and inconspicuous, you’re definitely not doing a good job.

    But just look at him! I love the outfit; the trousers ought to be rolled down, though.

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  25. Love me a bit of an Armitage-shock on a Tuesday morning. Thank you!

    He does have a flamboyant side to him. I can see that now.

    Just love the outfit. The pink socks, the blue shoes, the sweater, and the jacket. Just lovely on this handsome stranger. But the trousers ought to be rolled down. He’s having “Problemenhüfte” (trouble hips) again.

    If he wants to be anonymous and inconspicuous, hes not doing a very good job. But he looks really good.

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  26. I think , he dressed in a way to thank his fans , who offered him socks as birthday’s present .
    He wanted to show them , he likes wearing eccentric marvellous pair of socks , despite what he said earlier about gifts .

    What can he afford to wear , when his spirit is joking, whimsical and when he still want to remain “class” anomymous and inconspicuous as you wrote . I agree those blue shoes catche our eyes to his feet .

    Consequently we shall be able to discover beautiful socks
    – in all colors of the rainbow : green , yellow, pink, purple , turquoise , red …
    – in unespected , original patterns : stripes , circles , waves , squares, triangles…
    – and with crasy , large representation of motifs : flowers , leaves , animals , hearts, smiley , music notes scope instruments , even red devils ….
    Let your imagination go .
    He would have to match his outfit with his socks and not the opposite .
    Let us see his next selfies !

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  27. Love the shoes and the rest of the outfit. After some hesitation, absolutely love the socks as well. A brave, fashion-conscious man, expressing himself! Or then he’s just in a hurry to ride Lippy again and has rolled up his jeans in preparation.

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  28. Die arbeitende Bevölkerung kann zu dem oben gesagten kaum noch etwas hinzufügen. Blaue Schuhe mit orangefarbenen Socken sind schon sehr provokant! Ist das ein Test? Wie reagiert das twitter fandom? Oder er lebt gerade den 2.,3.,4. Frühling aus? Frühlingsfarben sind es auf jeden Fall, eher schon Sommer! Besser als jedes selfie ❤

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    • Spring colours indeed 🙂 It’s a massive statement: He feels comfortable in his shoes (the pun is intended).

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  29. Can we just let the man dress as he wants? No wonder he is so hesitant to share with using all we do is take the mickey… I think he looks great and it’s wonderful to see him experimenting and expressing a little of the quirkiness we know is there…how boring it would be if he dresed to match all the time…but then again I am a quirky dresser. All I know is that if I hadn’t liked his look I wouldn’t have made comment on it, id’ve kept it to myself because I know some people can be sensitive about their appearance. I hope he ignores it all and keeps going with the colour! 🙂

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    • *share with us if – damned orto currect! 😉

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    • First, I sincerely doubt Mr. Armitage is wading through all the comments here (I don’t even think he’s reading). Secondly, even if he is paying attention, I have a strong suspicion that a 43 year old man is self-confident enough to withstand his fans’ mixed reaction to his clothing choices.

      In short: as long as we’re not making ad hominem attacks, everyone here is free to express their opinion, positive negative humorous etc. on Mr. Armitage’s outfits.

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      • Verbindlichsten Dank Serv 🙂

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      • I’ve seen people directly tweet him that he looks like he got dressed in the dark. Is that totally necessary? Plus I reckon he must see it, how could you not when your timeline is full of it. Yes he’s a grown man. But I think respecting a person’s individuality is ageless. Who knows how he feels about it, so why not just be respectful. It’s only those kinds of comments I was referring to, really :).

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        • Lily — if you want to call out people for what they are saying on Twitter, please do that here and say it to their faces. Complaining here about what people who are probably not here are doing on Twitter is pointless. Moreover, the comments policy here asks that commentators not disparage the behavior of fellow fans who are not here.

          As far as respectful goes, I can think of things that are worthy of my respect (traffic laws, my father), but I don’t believe that Richard Armitage’s clothing choices fall into that category. People are going to apply that label differently, which is why the comments policy specifically does not say “we must be respectful of Richard Armitage.”

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          • I was actually saying we should be respectful of everyone, regardless of if they are Richard Armitage or not. I wasnt aware of the policy, sorry about that. Apologies if I over crossed a line I was just expressing my concerns. Feel free to remove the comments of you feel they were unappropriate. No offence meant. Thanks

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            • And I’m saying “I don’t know that we need to be respectful of everyone” and also “your definition of respectful is not the same as everyone else’s.” Some people can joke and still be within their definitions of respectful. Last September, some people thought fake beard pictures on Twitter were disrespectful.

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        • sorry: please do that there. i.e., not here, where they are not reading it anyway.

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    • Lily, I happen to agree with the spirit of what you’re saying about his clothes, and as I noted above, for a whole host of reasons I generally do not comment on RA’s clothing positively or negatively (though ok, the blue shoes sent me over the edge this one time! 😉 ). What that means for me in practice is that when I see a post analyzing his clothes on this or other blogs, I just skip it and let others carry on doing what they like to do. There are whole categories of RA content out there that I choose to ignore. I agree with Servetus that everyone’s definition of “respect” is a little different.

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      • you might even find some of those categories here. 🙂

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        • Ha! Lief pleads the Fifth 😉 . There are many categories I DO enjoy on this blog! In any case one of the several categories I had in mind is one you limit yourself.

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          • I know not everything here pleases everyone … part of being me, I guess, I expect I will piss off some of the people some of the time 🙂

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    • Nous sommes tous et toutes des fans avides de nouvelles prises de vue , où son allure diffère . Si vous les étudiez de près , les commentaires ne sont pas si désobligeants que ce que vous pensez . Il n’y a pas matière à débat sur le contenu.
      Que seront les commentaires des scènes de “Hannibal ” , où beaucoup pourront être choqués , avec raisons réellement valables , ces prochaines fois .

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  30. Oh gorgeous. Love, love, love those shoes!!! I particularly liked his “Glamour-Shot” (2012) with another pair of striking blue shoes.
    Wearing various blue ones myself……
    Impressing 100 comments so far on this picture!! LOL!

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    • you’re right, I forgot about those shoes, completely (repression).

      re number of comments I think someone tweeted this one 🙂

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      • oh,,, and just to straighten out: I am and have always been in the boots fraction!!!
        But then, I’m a sucker for colours. 😀
        ..and now on to reading all that what is written above…..

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        • that’s what i ended up thinking, upon close inspection i want a pair of those too! :-p but without those socks :-p got my own grey and blue ones thanks v much ;-))))

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        • maybe he should get some bluish boots.

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          • mmmhhhhhh……. intriguing idea! But they would probably always be more a hip message/statement than his “normal” ones. Yeah, that lad from Leicester finally reached London!! LOL

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  31. I was just quickly scrolling through comments and was just going to say: “Am I the only one who loves those shoes?” when I saw linda60’s comment here above mind. So, I’m not the only one. I absolutely adore the shoes! If i could get my husband to wear them I would, but he is less… flamboyant, I guess. Even the socks – no problem with them! Just yeah, the scrolled up pants – not so much a fan of that. 🙂

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  32. The comment count has exploded to an impressive 126, incl. mine. Great!
    And this over a paparazzi picture…(hmm?)
    Personally, I am enthused by seeing Mr A again after a severe Armitage-drought.
    When I saw the picture this morning, I thought – wauw, this is something new and competely different.
    We’re used to seeing him mostly dressed in black, and the combination of the two events – seeing Mr A again and seeing Mr A in colour – have contributed to a fenomenal outburst of creativity – multilingual fun.

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  33. I like those shoes and socks 😀

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  34. Photographed in the airport! He’s definitely being recognized more

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  35. I’m thinking maybe he was trying to match his shoes with the stripes on the shirt..LOL

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  36. […] Trying to decide if should rescind my general approval of Richard Armitage’s footwear choices (April 21, 2015). Armitage’s purply shoes in the Toronto airport. Raised again the spectre of which photos may be published. […]

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