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November 11, 2016

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SHOES PART 6: 51-60

  ***Pics in post have nothing to do with the post itself, except the last picture which is in reference to rule 50.**** 51. One rule in this long list stated that shoe fit is subjective. While this is true on a personal level, the way a shoe should really fit is by hugging your foot, like a glove does to your hand. The reason why is due to arch placement (which translates how much […]

September 13, 2016

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Shoe Manufacturing – How Long it Really Takes – Part 1- Factories

If you go to certain countries in Asia, you can get bespoke shoes in a matter of days. If you get it from some reputable European and/or Japanese makers, it can take up to a year. So the question is, how long do shoes really take to make? Well let’s break it down. The manufacturing and bespoke processes are completely different so let’s look at each but in separate posts, call them part 1 and […]

August 24, 2016

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Reader Question – Value of Quality??

Crockett & Jones – Clifford, Courtesy of Rugged Old Salt A reader recently asked me a question that I found to be quite pertinent to the interest of the average shoe purchaser who may not have unlimited funds. Please see question below: “I wanted to get your opinion on quality/worth since I am not knowledgeable to the same extent as someone in your position. I need a pair of black cap toe dress shoe and have […]

August 19, 2016

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Best Crockett & Jones – Ever!

Sometimes a relatively simple shoe that might look good but be a bit flat in character can be uplifted a million times over with a bit of work in the polish and color department. I am actually working on a post about doing home made patina for beginners, a sequel to my very generic one that I did years ago. Don’t get your hopes up though as I probably won’t release it for a little […]

August 15, 2016

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Grades Of Shoe Craftsmanship

Bespoke shoes by Gaziano & Girling As I have stated before, there seems to be a whole lot of confusion as to how a shoe is made (whether by hand, machine or a bit of both), particularly due to the lack of knowledge from salesmen at retail stores, as well as the misrepresentation of words (such as ‘handmade’) printed on a shoe itself and/or the marketing of most brands. These two things, coupled with the […]

January 25, 2016

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Crockett & Jones at Pitti Uomo 89

Okay well I am about to commence my posts on what I saw at Pitti now that the sale is coming to a close and things are somewhat quieting down. So get ready for about 10 posts on that. I also wanted to reflect on 2015 which will be a long, dramatic post so also stay tuned for that if you want to hear the nitty gritty. First up is Crockett & Jones who had […]

July 1, 2013

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What a Bit of Polish Can Do

While there is a limit to what polish can do in terms of extreme renovation, you would be pleasantly surprised to the extent of what it can do when used thoroughly on a good leather. The other week, I was brought a pair of shoes that needed more than just a little bit of love. I almost felt that my polish was not going to be enough to really turn the shoes around, but luckily […]