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August 26, 2016

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Understanding The Fit of a Shoe

  I had a good question from a reader not too long ago and it was all about fit and how big the gap should be between your shoe laces on the facing. I like this question as I feel that there is a lot of misconception about fit and how things should be. Too many people often think that there is a rule and that if the shoes do not fit (no pun intended) […]

December 28, 2015

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The Jean Boot of Jean Boots

I am not a crazy fan of Alden shoes like the cult following that they have but I do really like this boot as it is one of the best derby, brogue boots on the market. I feel that the whole point of this type of boot is to wear with denim and this one just ticks all of the boxes, for me, for passing perfection with flying colors. And it’s no wonder that every time […]

July 3, 2013

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The Boot That Will Last A Lifetime!

I have never really been so taken by cordovan leather. Not because I don’t like it or anything like that, but mainly because I was not sure that the extra cost warranted true justification. I know that cordovan leather is far stronger than your average calfskin, but when you are a guy like me that gets new shoes on a monthly basis and recycles the old ones, it’s rare that I buy to have forever. […]

March 6, 2013

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Edwin Clapp…Vintage Extraordinaire

(picture courtesy of Classic Shoes for Men Seeing vintage shoes is always a treat for me as it represents a time where our traditional oxford (the way in which we see it today) was relatively new and therefore shoemakers then were among the first to create many of the styles that you see today, like these spectators. While not as old as others (circa 1930’s-40’s), Edwin Clapp was a great American classic that made exquisite […]

February 25, 2013

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Craig Corvin Bespoke

Last Spring, my friend Craig Corvin (who is a bespoke shoemaker from Seattle) passed by London, while on a mini European tour, in order to stock up on the ‘ol shoemaking bits that one needs for the tool heavy profession. While on his short pit stop in London, we managed to get an evening in of pint sipping, football (soccer) watching and shoemaking discussion. While he is far more advanced than myself with regards to […]

April 20, 2012

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They Are Listening….And It Is About Time!!

I don’t know if it is because of shoe designers like Mark McNairy and Grenson (of whom were amongst the first to come out with abnormal coloring in shoes) or because of my blog, and other ones like mine, but it would finally seem that the brands that may have once been seen as strictly conservative in their shoe making are now branching out and becoming a bit more eclectic! Never in a million years […]

February 22, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Don Ville Belgian Loafers

I have always been very intrigued by the Belgian loafer, yet have never really come across them in real life, only in pictures. And while that relationship remains the same, I have found a few that I absolutely love and will most likely look to commission in the near future when I can accumulate some disposable income. These models presented are by American bespoke/MTO shoemaker, Don Ville. While I really really like the one below […]