Chukkas are a great first shoe. They sit between casual and formal, and can be worn during fall, winter, and spring. I wear chukkas most with jeans, corduroys, chinos, and odd trousers. They're my go-to shoes. Wearing chukkas with worsted wool tailoring can look odd. Why? The casual suede clashes with the rather formal worsted … Continue reading Why Chukkas?
I still think about this question quite often. And rightly so. Because bespoke shoes are costly (at least $3,000) -- some upwards of $6,000. If you can afford it (or save up for it), my answer is still an unequivocal yes. A bespoke shoe will display a greater attention to detail. The stitches, waist, and … Continue reading Should I Invest In Bespoke Shoes?
Nice men’s shoes are immediately noticeable. They have real leather uppers. Little details like waxed laces and stacked soles also make a big difference. Nice shoes invite compliments, I think, because we rarely see men wearing them. People who notice quality shoes glance down. I find that women especially give compliments and ask questions, occasionally … Continue reading A Female’s Take On Men’s Shoes
“Nothing’s more interesting than that person, unadorned.” I once heard this in a lecture about writing. It is strongly applicable to fashion. No jewelry, watches, tattoos, or accessories is its own aesthetic. A refreshing one, I think, where you’re not burdened by anything. It’s disciplined styling. There are innumerable ways to wear jewelry badly. Too … Continue reading Why I Don’t Wear Jewelry
Structure is essential. Without it the foot is not reinforced. Plus, pressure from the foot will eventually bend and crease the leather. The following information is based on my bespoke shoe training. Other shoemakers or brands can vary these steps and materials. But the foundation is there. Shoemakers provide structure in a few ways. Most … Continue reading Giving Shoes Structure
Loafers, boat shoes, slip-ons, driving shoes, and moccasins, etc. are pleasurable to wear. They're like Chelsea boots – easy and low maintenance. However, they are structurally less sound and this post explains why. For convenience I am lumping all of these shoes as “loafers.” 1. They don’t have a lacing system This is a source … Continue reading I Like Loafers, but…
I'm selling my Carmina derbies and decided to put together a guide for those planning to sell their shoes online. 1. Clean/ polish your shoes before photographing. Your shoes will look so much nicer on camera. 2. Take excellent 5-6 photos with a quality camera. Profile viewBottom view People are visual. Appealing photographs will draw … Continue reading Tips for Selling Your Shoes
Another Parisian gem is Aubercy, founded by André and Renée Aubercy in 1935, focusing on high-quality shoes. I'll leave the company's history to their website. Aubercy is one of my favorite shoe brands. Aubercy's house style is distinctly French, as their shoes have an elongated vamp and tapered toe-box, but they are more classic and … Continue reading Aubercy
Toe shape is a very defining feature of shoes. People definitely notice this part of your feet, so it is important to consider which shape works best. I will highlight a few styles and compare them. Almond Toes Almond-toe shoes are very classic of English style and one many Japanese shoemakers have emulated. How round … Continue reading Toe Shapes
Inclement weather can best be handled with proper shoe soles. It's best to choose your type according to functionality and aesthetic, with the former being more important. Most high-end soles are made of leather, as shown below. They are slightly water repellant because they have been burnished (i.e. sealed through rubbing), but are not immune … Continue reading It’s Raining, It’s Soling