I've owned these monk-strap shoes for over 10 years. I photographed them this morning for the purposes of this post. These are one of the pairs of shoes I use around the house for all kinds of work: home office, going to the cellar to fetch firewood, going into the dusty attic to put or … Continue reading The story of a pair of shoes
In this video from The Elegant Gentleman series, I talk about one's possessions and the attitude we should have toward them. In a nutshell: it's not about quantity, it's about quality. And it doesn't matter if you're wealthy or on a limited income. You should always opt for quality or you'll pay more and feel … Continue reading The right attitude toward possessions
While it's good to have variety in your outfits and to sometimes break the rules when it comes to choosing what you wear, it's also important to know how things go together. As Picasso used to say, you need to know the rules before you can break them. With that in mind, I'd like to … Continue reading How to pair shoes with pants
In this video, I wanted to share my thoughts on the importance of two things: The proper fit of a shoe, and here I mean its length, width and arch support, and The habit of walking barefoot one day a week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLoui1J0Dus When it comes to the fit of a shoe, it's even more important … Continue reading Shoes and Foot Health
Question: I'm learning how to properly take care of shoes, and while browsing the web late this evening, I thought about shoe horns/trees. Now in the past I've found them, really just a sales gimmick, hardly worth my money. What do you think? Shoe trees are worth getting, especially if you have quality leather shoes that … Continue reading Should you use shoe trees?
Late last year, I ordered a pair of handmade shoes from Stefan Burdea, a shoemaker from Bucharest, Romania. I'd like to show them to you now. They're the Classic Solo model, a beautiful and understated pair of shoes made from a single piece of leather. Some of you may already know that it's fairly difficult … Continue reading Classic Solo Handmade Shoes
During the past few weeks, I worked on an extended video (about 50 minutes long) on shoe care, where I explained how I take care of my shoes. In order to offer as much advice as possible, I selected three pairs of shoes: a summer pair, a pair of winter boots and a pair of … Continue reading A comprehensive guide to all-season shoe care
If you like and buy quality leather shoes (over $100 or more), and if after you've worn them for some time, they need repairs (sole or heel repairs or restitching) don't throw them away. Find and use the services of a good cobbler (a shoe repairman) to breathe new life into them. A cobbler repairs … Continue reading Have great shoes? Use a cobbler.
I've been wearing a new pair of Keen shoes for the past few weeks, and I love them. If they haven't got the showroom look in my photos, it's because they haven't been sitting in the closet. I spotted them at L.L.Bean and couldn't resist the design. They looked so comfortable and cool, up there … Continue reading My favorite pair of casual shoes