Walk this way

Sported by tra­di­tional types, the walk­ing cane–call it a stick at your peril–is both stylish and highly prac­ti­cal, rec­om­mends Robin Dutt

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e must es­tab­lish one thing from the start. For the purist, there can be only the walk­ing cane (aes­thetic and el­e­gant), never the walk­ing stick (ro­bust and func­tional). In truth, both have their in­di­vid­ual charms, with the cane es­sen­tially to be ‘worn’ and a stick as a sturdy friend to rely on phys­i­cally. Their an­tecedents in­clude the ruler’s scep­tre, the ma­gi­cian’s wand, a coun­try cud­gel, a Bib­li­cal staff and even a shep­herd’s crook.

In An English­man in New York, Sting sings of tak­ing his ‘ev­ery­where for a walk’ and an an­cient Ja­panese proverb sug­gests that you ‘de­pend on your walk­ing stick, not on other peo­ple’, but there’s some de­bate about when they be­came an in­dis­pen­si­ble el­e­ment of the male wardrobe.

In the early 18th cen­tury, if count­less por­traits of the time are any­thing to go by,

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