The story of a pair of shoes

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 [...]

The right attitude toward possessions

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 [...]

How to pair shoes with pants

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 [...]

Should you use shoe trees?

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 [...]

Classic Solo Handmade Shoes

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 [...]

Have great shoes? Use a cobbler.

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 [...]

My favorite pair of casual shoes

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 [...]