Tag Archives : leather

A few thoughts on caring for leather shoes

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Reading Time: 9 minutesAn expression came to mind last week whilst preparing a new pair of rugged Red Wing boots for use, “tough as old boots”. It got me wondering where such an expression might have come from, and also whether there was any significance in the “old” part of it. Were boots stronger in previous times? I have observed that there has been…

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Ripples, turn-ups and feminism – The week that was

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Reading Time: 5 minutesWeekend is almost upon us, and it’s time for the regularly scheduled editorial and Instagram collation. This week has been mainly about the lower end of the legs, both in the photos and the subjects covered. What with the calendar mercilessly progressing forward the opportunity for Winter to make a swift and unwanted return, the season has almost quite definitely…

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All the stuff you missed: The best of 2014!

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Reading Time: 7 minutesSitting here at the start of a new year, it appears the world at large is more interested in looking back at 2014 than forward to what the new year will bring. So, not wishing to disappoint my dear readers, I will of course also offer an opportunity to revisit some of my more lavishly interesting posts from the past…

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Introducing the Fracap X WDD tweed and leather winter boots

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Reading Time: 7 minutesIt is with a certain amount of pride I’d like you to meet the result of my first design collaboration, the Fracap X WellDressedDad winter boots! When the opportunity was there to have boots made to my own design, I didn’t have to consider the matter for long. Taking the bespoke idea another step further! Fracap are a long-established Italian family shoe…

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I know you’ve got sole – my first brogues redone

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Reading Time: 5 minutesA while back I wrote a couple of posts about my Church brogues. First about discovering them in a local charity shop and discovering how appropriate they were for me, and then the process of having them resoled to make them more usable to me. Being utterly enchanted with the result of the freshly ruggedized fancy shoes, I was in no doubt…

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Fresh backpacks for the stylish man (AW14)

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Reading Time: 11 minutesIt’s high summer and for those of you looking to keep your backpack game strong this Autumn, it’s time to climb a tree and get an overview of what might be available. Strong backpack game? Not something you come across that often in the world of fashion, but believe me, a crummy backpack will really kill off any effort you…

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Iconic Footwear: The Red Wing 877 Irish Setters

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Reading Time: 10 minutesI confess, I come from a family of scavengers. Jumble sales, small ads and charity shops all get our blood pumping that little bit harder. My Saturday trip to town always includes a visit to the local Salvation Army charity shop for a quick look through their stock. 999 times out of a 1000 there is nothing worthwhile there, but…

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Some fantastic footwear for the spring (and summer)

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Reading Time: 13 minutesHot on the heels of my spring jackets guide comes this, the unmissable guide to footwear for the spring season. Now, those that have been following me for a while know that I don’t do trainers or running shoes, apart from when I’m working out or running. And when it comes to style trainers really are not in my game.…

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Bear Creme, traditional Norwegian shoe polish

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Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen visiting the Ætt pop-up shop in Bergen recently, I was made aware of part of their exhibition that dealt with the locally produced products. With the way the world is today, almost all of these were now dead in the water or with production outsourced to low cost countries. One shining exception is the locally made brand of shoe…

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Review: Red Wing Ice Cutters, boots for dad

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Reading Time: 10 minutesFor a while now I’ve been wanting to get a pair of Red Wing boots. Did I need a pair? Not for any practical purpose. I already had a couple of pairs of usable winter boots, and for me winter boots tend last a long time. Plenty of snow and ice means there is little wear on the soles, and…

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