Tag Archives : Shoe

Consumer Advocate: How long should a pair of Dr Martens last?


Reading Time: 10 minutesGiven my recent activism around the probably bicycle related wear on a pair of my tweed trousers, it may be a little early to go on another disappointed consumer rant. Or is it? Heck, we pay good money for our nice clothes and shoes, so isn’t it reasonable to find they live up to expectations, or even exceed them? Should we…

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Introducing the Fracap X WDD tweed and leather winter boots


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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A comprehensive guide to Goodyear welted shoe soles


Reading Time: 10 minutesIn recent times I’ve had  a couple of pairs of my quality shoes, the ones with Goodyear welted shoe soles, resoled. In the grand scheme of things makes me something of a know-it-all, with regards to what goes on on the underside of Gentleman’s footwear. First I found a pair of custom-grade Church brogues, which I then had resoled with Dainite soles, then…

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A collection of Instagrammar


Reading Time: 4 minutesAnd before I know what has happened, it’s Friday again and time for the weekly collection of what I posted to my Instagram over the past week. To add some flavour this weeks adventures include cows, hedgehogs and ecologically grown vegetables. Just when you thought there couldn’t be more snaps of buttons, boots and fabrics, I up my game with more fun…

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


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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Why shoe sizes are a mess


Reading Time: 10 minutesA couple of recent shoe experiences have really brought home to me, again,  how frustrating the issue of shoe sizes is. I’ve previously posted about this in regards to clothing, this time it’s about the footwear. Looking at it with an analytical eye, how hard can it be? In it’s basic form the average human foot has a single measurement…

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A week in Instagram photos


Reading Time: 4 minutesGiven my new found fame as a man to watch on Instagram, I thought I’d shamelessly cash and publish a weekly “best of” my photos. Those that follow me on Instagram will find nothing new here, but in the spirit of upcycling and recyling, for the rest of the planets population (minus some 2000 of you), please pleasure your visual…

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Review: Red Wing Ice Cutters, boots for dad


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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How to improve upon brogue perfection through resoling!


Reading Time: 7 minutesIf you think back to a week or to before Xmas, you’ll recall that I reported on the stroke of luck I had in finding a pair of Custom Grade Chetwynd brogues by Church in my local Salvation Army charity shop. A truly remarkable find, and even more remarkable in that they were my size as well. A pair of…

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A pair of brogues with my name on them


Reading Time: 8 minutesOver recent years I’ve gotten into the habit of stopping by the local Salvation Army shops nearby when passing. I’ve been lucky to have a fairly decent one both in the small town where I live, and right next to where I’ve been working for the past 4 years. The combination of doing my bit for charity and possibly finding…

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