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June 11, 2012

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Why Is America Still So Far Behind

Goodyear welted Santoni – retailed at $975 5 years ago I used to think that I knew so much about shoes, back when I was just a salesman at Nordstrom and had yet to embark on my European adventures. I won’t hesitate to say though that due to my passion for shoes, I did know more than my co-workers, which ultimately is quite sad when I think about it because looking back it at now […]

January 12, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Alden Blue Suede Tassel Loafers

Sometimes I almost wish that I did not have a favorite color, because that way I would be a little less aggressive in gravitating towards the same things, and therefore have a wardrobe that is a little bit more varied. But I do have a favorite color and as you can probably gather from the statement prior and the picture above, it is blue. And because I love blue so much and wished that it […]

November 27, 2011

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The Perfect Winter Boot

Septieme Largeur A few weeks ago, I did a post about the 5 Essential Shoes for Winter and listed that a heavy brogue boot would definitely be one of those shoes to get you through these cold months. What I did not realize then and just recently stumbled upon was the fact that there is another boot, not too far off from this, which I believe could be the ONE shoe (boot) that anyone would […]

August 24, 2011

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Heavy Brogue Boots

While I can’t say that I am the biggest fan of heavy country brogue boots,  but I have a reader that is facing a dilemma, in what to buy versus what to spend on a pair of brogue boots. Since, I do not wear them nor know of many makes, I thought that I would do this post finding as many as I could, but also leave it up to all of you for any […]

August 15, 2011

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Shoes — Part 2: Style Names & Terminology — Brogues

The term, brogue, is a word that can describe many many styles of shoe within the shoe realm. It is because of this that it is commonly misused and due to this misconception, I wanted to dedicate an entire post on brogues and what they really are. First off, let me start by saying that a brogue can be used to describe any shoe that has perforations in it (little holes). Because it ranges in […]

July 29, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Alden Collaborations

While I have lots to write about for my trip to Paris, it needs to be organized and the posts are going to be longer ones, so bear with me on these things. For the meantime, I wanted to talk about Alden and how they seem to be such busy bees with their collaborations with other brands. As I have stated in many earlier posts, I believe that this idea of collaborating is the way […]

July 11, 2011

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Shoes – Part 1: Construction

The world of shoes is a vast one. There are many different terms to describe not only the shoe’s style name, but also the manner in which it was made as well as the small details that you find on the shoe’s surface and it’s core. And while some of this knowledge might be trivial to many of you, I know that there still are many people who do not know (or confuse) the differences […]

April 13, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Alden

While I have never been a huge fan of Alden for their dress shoes, due to their heaviness and chunkiness, I can say that they might possibly make the best dress/casual chukka boot. They have managed to create the perfect shape, something that can go well with some smart trousers but also look amazing with a nice pair of jeans. One might think that it is easy to create such a versatile shoe, but in […]

March 1, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Brogues

Two Pairs Above: Alden (Pictures Courtesy Of: Leather Soul) Two Pairs Above: Edward Green  (Pictures Courtesy Of: Leffot) Two Pairs Above: Stefano Bemer There is something about brogues that just makes them absolutely timeless…. If I tried to create a reason to make that prior statement valid, I would just be uttering subjective beliefs. But even though, me stating this, makes it subjective, I truly feel that at the same time it is true, very […]

December 13, 2010

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Holiday Parties – What To Wear??

I guess as we grow up, we stop thinking about what Christmas presents we are going to get or what’s going to be under the next flap on the advent calendar and we start planning out which holiday parties we are going to grace our presence with. More importantly, we think about what we are going to wear in order to look better than everyone else at the party. Well, if your idea already involves […]