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May 7, 2012

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Balancing Your Outfit

Expensive suits, crap shoes (with the exception of Colin Farrell, who looks to have some decent ones) Everything has its place, whether it’s cheap shoes, expensive suits, mediocre shirts, wrinkled trousers etc., but too often do you see a lot of men jumbling them all together in a way that does not make sense. There are ways to mix and match them, get away with it and still look relatively good. Take me for example, […]

February 28, 2012

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The Only Dress Shoe Ever Really Needed – The Black Wholecut

This title might sound like shoe lover blasphemy, and believe me I can’t say that I would ever think of just having one, but…..if life presented itself with this situation, it’s best to be equipped with what is going to get you through it all. What made me think of this was a discussion that was occurring on Style Forum (a while back) in regards to one’s absolute shoe essentials. One gentleman stated that instead […]

November 15, 2011

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5 Essential Shoes For Winter

Like in all seasons, there are certain shoes that you find yourself gravitating towards more so than others. As yesterday might have just marked one of the coldest days that England has seen this Autumn/Winter, I figured that I would give you all a chance to get a head start on your winter shoe collection by providing what I believe are the most essential shoes for your wardrobe. Granted, I can’t expect each of you […]

September 2, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Koji Suzuki

I never tire of looking at shoes made by Japanese bespoke shoemakers, such as the ones pictured here by Koji Suzuki. Somthing about their shoes, even though they may be classic styles, always seem to set themselves apart from their competitors. Take the monk strap above, for example. It’s buckles are extremely far apart from eachother and also have concaved details on the leather strap, as opposed to a strap with straight edge lines. Little […]

November 25, 2010

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Sole Options – To Bevel Or Not To Bevel???

As technology grows and becomes more readily available, you find that your options in obtaining things become endless. One of these things is the ability to have a goodyear-welted shoe that has a beveled waist and is ready-to-wear. This feature has only recently (several years) been available to the mass public as the machine that is able to do this was created not so long ago. Before that you could get a waist that was […]

November 22, 2010

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July 14, 2010

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Monk Straps

Why don’t you ever see anyone wear monk strap shoes? I really can’t figure it out. You hardly ever see them for sale at stores and even more rarely see them being worn. I feel like they are going into extinction. But why?? Are you afraid to wear them? Do you like them? In my encounters with them and bringing them out to customers on the sales floor I feel like they are the leper […]

April 23, 2010

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The Whole-Cut Shoe

If you look up the word elegant in Dictionary.com the first definition that it gives is: “Tastefully fine or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.” To me, the whole-cut dress shoe sums this definition up to a ‘T.’ The fact that it has no stitching (apart from the heel) leaves it completely refined and flawless. Obviously not every whole-cut ever made has fit this description but when they have been made properly, with a beautiful […]

March 12, 2010

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The Perfect Boot

The brown suede dress chukka boot is the most versatile boot in existence. The one pictured above, by Koji Suzuki, is the perfect example. It’s color can be worn in all seasons and be complimented by pretty much every other color although I would hesitate to pair it with black but am not saying that it could not be done for I have seen some Italians pair a lighter brown shoe with black trousers or […]