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
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,