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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 […]

July 6, 2015

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Sussex Shoe Shop – Odds and Ends at Great Value

  One of the biggest problems of owning a factory or being a shoe brand is all of the leftover stock that never gets purchased, no matter how hard to you try to sell it. Ever wonder what happens to that stock? Well in my theory some of it gets sent to 2nd-3rd world country re-sellers, other to places like Blue Fly and then to your common eBay Sellers among other places. So, one guy […]

October 9, 2014

Foster & Son Go Sexy!

If the ‘Mad Men’ series has taught us anything it is that sometimes an off-the-wall ad campaign that does what no one else is doing can sometimes reinvigorate your company’s image in the eyes of the consumers. And so Foster & Son is giving it a go by adding sexy appeal to their shoes and advertising. It’s not that they are fading or anything like that but in a saturated market, on a street where […]

September 23, 2014

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The Two Toned Vamp by Foster & Son

I passed by Foster and Son this morning to say hello to my compadres there and to see what was shaking and I happened to stumble upon a few of their archived bespoke shoes that I had not previously seen before. They grabbed my attention as they reminded me that while many people may think that modern day is the the adventurous period in footwear, I must say that I am not sure if it […]

September 2, 2014

Things To Know About Shoes Part 4: Fit/Function vs Style

1. Most shoe styles (i.e. wholecut vs. full brogue vs. derby etc) will fit different, even if made on the same exact last. 2. The shoemaking process can affect fit. One pair of shoes can fit differently than another in the same exact model and size. For example, how long the shoe was left on the last will affect how “hugging” (aka tight) the shoe will be. Also how well it was lasted. 3. The […]

March 19, 2014

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Foster & Son’s New Antiquing Option

One of Foster & Son’s claim to fame apart from the legendary last maker, Mr. Terry Moore, was their amazing archival collection of bespoke samples. And what was so cool about these old samples was the fact that many of them had sat in a shop window for so long that the leather became naturally bleached from all of the years of exposure to the sun. It was such a beautifully muddled look that it […]