The Do's and Don'ts of dress shoes are not as easily realized as one might think. And it greatly depends on your idea of the rules. Rules from 100 years ago are
What Makes A Shoe Its Price?
Achieving a shoe's price is not a science. At the end of the day, you can price your footwear how you want. There are suggested markups and ideologies about a
How To: Tidy Up Your Sole Edge
To tidy up your sole edge is often a detail we overlook. We are more often focused on the upper often forgetting that an unkempt sole edge is among the most
Triumph Toe Plates: Worth It?
What Are Triumph Toe Plates? The Triumph Toe Plate is/was the cream of the crop when it came to metal toe protectors. I say 'was' as I do not believe that
Shoe Care Guide – Why Is It Important?
A shoe care guide is the basic knowledge we all need to upkeep our shoes. Higher-end shoes are an investment and the more that you know how to look after that
What Is A Mirror Shine?
What is a mirror shine? It might seem like a trivial question but the reality is that it is often misused. And if you really want to be snobby about it, even
Spats vs Button Boots
We often mix up terminology in the shoe world and one of the biggest mix-ups is the idea of spats vs button boots, where often spats are referred to as a button
Hand Stitching The Upper
Hand-stitched shoes require a lot of work that we might not often appreciate. It is one of those art forms that is slowly fading as machine work increases.
Exposed Channel Stitch ≠ Sole End Of Life
If you are new to closed channel soles the exposure of the channel stitching might scare you. You might think that the sole is coming apart, breaking, or faulty
How To: Punch an Extra Hole Into Foowear With Straps
Need some extra tightness in your jodhpur boots or monkstrap shoes? If you have skinny ankles with low insteps like I do, I bet you have felt the
The Podcast – Episode 6 – The Decline of European Shoemaking
Here I discuss the decline of European welted shoemaking, what's led up to that, and the potential future of it. An interesting discussion is to
Video: Suede In The Rain
While I have written about this subject a bunch of times on the blog I finally was able to show you in a video just how good a suede can handle rain when
How to Tell a Cheap Shoe
How to tell a cheap shoe is not always easy. There are a lot of posers in the industry that try to pass off as a good quality product but is really just a cheap
Video: How To Quickly Tidy Up Your Leather Footwear
Shoe care doesn't have to be intense or take a long time. More often than not, like any kind of routine, if we simply start a regular schedule of
Brown Suede Boots For Winter
Suede often gets a bad rap as a delicate material. The reality couldn't be further from the truth though and suede is often my go-to choice during our
Drew Altizer Interview – Schola Academy
Learning how to make a pair of bespoke shoes has always been a craft people sought after. Something about it is magical and there is no better feeling than
In all honesty, I never thought I would be writing about elevator shoes. Mainly because I would never wear them myself. And the main reason is that while being
The Podcast – Episode 4 – How Long Do Shoes Last?
How long do shoes last? Well, how long is a piece of string? There is no definite answer that anyone can give you. It can be 6 months, 2 years, 5 years, 10
What Is Crust Leather?
In the dress shoe world, there are two main types of calfskin: Box Calf and Crust Leather. Most people understand what box calf is so here we shall focus mainly
How To Wear Black Suede
The reality is that wearing black suede is no different than wearing black calf. Especially in 2022 where most rules of dress code barely exist. I never
What Is A Shoe Flaw?
Working 5 years at Nordstrom and fitting thousands of people, not once did someone inspect the shoe and ask for another one due to a "flaw." And believe
How Dress Shoes Should Fit
How dress shoes should fit can be a complex question. Many men are wearing the wrong shoe size, especially those in the US. It is not a stab at American men, it
The more we buy online the more we rely on honest reviews to help us make a decision not only on a product but also on a company. You want to know if you
How To Prevent Over Conditioning Your Shoes
This post will seem trivial to many but the reality is that it is not trivial to most if you do some Googling and/or have direct contact with a lot of shoe