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August 16, 2017

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The Go-To London Shoe Shiner

For the last 3 years, I have been shining shoes in London to an artisanal type standard. That being, I provided a military-like shine that left the shoes looking like glass (or as much as they could be). And many of you were kind enough to be my loyal customers. However, it was always just my day job while I built my shoe & accessory ranges in the background. And like all people that start […]

July 31, 2017

Ivan Crivellaro Loafer Mania!

Ivan Crivellaro’s wingtip tassel loafers are one of my favorite loafers in the industry, particularly the way that he always uses multiple materials to make them. It’s hard to say which one of these would be my favorite, but I am really feeling this braided one, not only for the elegance of it but for the very beautiful mahogany shade of brown that it comes in. And you don’t see braided leather shoes so much […]

May 28, 2017

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A Guide To Dyeing Your Own Shoes

  Have you ever been bored of a pair of shoes and wanted to do something about, for example, change the color? I know I have, with many of my older shoes. This time I actually decided to do something about partly because I was never wearing these shoes and partly to provide you all a post about how to do it in the leisure of your home. Let me start off by saying that […]

Altan Bottier – The Review

There are many makers you see online that are harder to find in person, many of them Japanese and some of them French. One of those makers for me was Altan Bottier who I had always known and been interested in but never had the pleasure of seeing their fine shoes in person. Luckily Instagram connects people and I feel that people are far more likely to interact on IG then they would on email. […]

May 1, 2017

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Restoring Old Shoes

A blog reader, in light of the shoe polishing contest, sent it a few pictures of some of his old Loake’s (he reckons 12-20 yrs old), that he had taken from rubbish bin status to relatively new looking in just a matter of a few hours with some of the methods that he learned on the ‘A Guide To Dyeing Your Shoes‘ post. While you can use most of those methods to really do the […]

April 25, 2017

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Things To Know About Shoes, Part 3: 21-30

Here is yet another post about Things to Know About Shoes. If you missed 1-20, you can find them HERE and HERE. I hope that you all enjoy! 21. Grained leather takes the rain best of all i.e. does not show the wear and tear as bad as calf. Suede is next (darker suede that is). Calfskin is actually the most sensitive out of the (main) leathers. So when it rains, wear suede or grained […]

February 6, 2017

Chukka Boots in Color?

I love a good chukka boot. But I have always mainly loved them in either suede or some sort of grain leather as I see chukka boots as something to wear casually i.e. with jeans, chinos, cords etc but not so much on a super smart level with a suit or anything like that. But the more that I see them in the wild (and online), the more that I am tempted by making them […]

January 26, 2017

Dandy Shoe Care Finally Launches Instagram Account!!

Dandy Shoe Care has championed Twitter and Tumblr for many years but never made the jump to Instagram. I always wondered why, especially as these days you can post on Instagram and it can automatically go to your Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and a few other social media apps if you connect them. So in reality it is a no brainer to use as you are able to kill 4 birds with one stone and make […]

January 3, 2017

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The Shine – Polish Patina Service

The world of patina is growing day by day and it would not surprise me if it soon becomes as popular as mirror shine shoe polishing (what I mean by that is that people at home will start giving it a try) as curiosity is ever expanding in the world of shoes and people are no longer content with just watching things on the internet. Now they want to try it too!! But until that […]