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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 […]

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 […]

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 9, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Rider Boot Co.

As you can imagine, I have a collection of images that must range in the thousands and because of that, it can become quite difficult remembering what I have and what I want to put up. I am constantly just browsing the net, saving dozens of pictures at a time, of all of the beautiful and unique shoes that I come across. Because of that, and having so darn many, I have to literally just […]

February 7, 2012

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What I Am Wearing – Black & Blue

I used to be the black & blue hater #1, and even to this day, I would prefer to never pair them together. But as I get older, the climate changes, my culture becomes something else (in my ever-moving journey), I really just can’t be asked to rebel any further. Most of the time, I put them together due to the fear of ruining any of my nice non-black colored shoes, like my red’s or […]

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 […]

January 11, 2012

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Another Go At A Personal Patina

A little while ago, I had found myself at pub after work, as is a very common thing to do here in England. While I had a good time and can’t complain, I noticed that the next morning, it appeared that I had spilled a bit of alcoholic substance on my shoe and it had unfortunately left a lovely stain for me. Now this pair, the ‘Dryden’ by Allen Edmonds, is my oldest dress shoe, […]

August 7, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Random Mark McNairy’s

I really love what Mark McNairy has done in the shoe industry. In what used to be a relatively dull, no-color ridden market, Mark McNairy decided to do something about it and launched his line, emphasizing this prep-chic style (loafers, heavy brogues and buck’s) that incorporated a lot of color, particularly in the soles. And since then, he has seemed to grow at an exponential rate. And that is simply great! When coming out with […]

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 […]