The Right Shade Of Brown Shoe


Black shoes are easy. You can wear them with grey or navy suits (though personally I find navy with black to be a bit too police-uniformly), and no one will bat an eyelid. It’s no wonder, then, that they remain the footwear of choice for the besuited masses. But black shoes can also be a bit boring, and perhaps too severe for certain outfits and circumstances. Brown shoes, on the other hand, offer an almost limitless variety of shades and hues … [Read more...]

Wet And Welted


My last week or so has been a mess of snow, ice, rain, slush, and almost every form water can take on this planet. To say this has make footwear an issue is an understatement - stepping outside, one encounters slippery ice patches and ankle-deep puddles on the same block. So, I thought I would take a moment this week to talk about rough-weather footwear and the best options for keeping your dogs warm and dry. The most obvious, and obtrusive, … [Read more...]

The New Year List


I am a compulsive list maker. My latest is a quick note of those retailers I intend to visit and interviews that are still pending, and in some cases long overdue. North Sea Clothing I highlighted independent British label North Sea Clothing back in March of last year. The label was founded by one man, Neil Starr, with one aim: recreate the classic pre-war Royal Navy issue Submariner Jumper. Since then one can only assume things have … [Read more...]

Notes from Rome Part 3


This post represents the last of my notes from Rome. Things which work well in one locality don’t always travel well to work in another – just ask anybody who’s brought back a pair of cowboy boots from the US. Nevertheless, they can get you thinking in the right direction. Things to consider and lessons to learn: Trainer Shoes I expected to see plenty of elegant slim welted Blake Stitched leather shoes when in Rome. Not a bit … [Read more...]

Novelty Ties


Recently, while wandering through a local department store , I noticed a table of post-holiday sale items. Novelty ties featuring Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus were piled indiscriminately on the table. It was a grim reminder that the excitement of the holidays had passed. It was also a reminder of how much I absolutely despise novelty ties. Novelty ties, typically made of polyester, feature a variety of garish images including commercial … [Read more...]