Tag Archives : shoes

Looking for a shoe cult? Try Marcus de

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Reading Time: 8 minutesMarcus de fits nicely into a recurring theme of late: A very small company wanting to realise a very clear idea. In the case of Marcus De, the owner Miguel, comes from a family that made shoes. Miguel himself, London born and bred, is a cordwainer by trade, as was his father and grandfather. It wasn’t his first port of…

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Handmade Crown sneakers from Northampton

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Reading Time: 5 minutesIf you’ve been following this blog for a while you can’t have failed to notice that there is a lot of love for the traditional leather shoe. A hand worked leather upper with a solid Goodyear-welted sole results in a solid, long-lasting piece of footwear. If there is a downside, it does also make for a fairly hefty piece of…

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Norwegian Rain and Grenson bring some actual innovation to the traditional British leather shoe

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Reading Time: 5 minutesThe British shoe industry has a long and glorious tradition behind it. Most of the well known names have been producing quality traditional shoes for 150 years or more, and do a splendid job as well. Goodyear welts, intricate brogue patterns, sublime craftsmanship and basically doing things as they have always been done. Hardly surprising really, as human feet are…

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Possibly the most singular footwear I have ever come across.

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Reading Time: 7 minutesWhile knocking about the back streets of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona this summer, eyes wide open, taking in the narrow alleys cut between the ancient buildings, appreciating the lack of noise and tourists compared to nearby street of hell, La Rambla, we stumbled upon a shop full of different. Not that there aren’t other curious shops hidden in the…

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Clarks Trigenic. Very Right! Very Wrong?

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Reading Time: 5 minutesGuest post by Newcastles finest, Scratch. The thoughts behind this were sparked by a conversation I recently had with Well Dressed Dad and his requirement for a… get this, a pair of trainers! (WDD comments: I think I asked about some lightweight summer shoes…) Ha ha no, I cannot really imagine it either but there you go and it just shows…

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Of interest: NPS Solovair, quietly making shoes since 1881

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Reading Time: 3 minutesI’m at the start of a series of posts about companies that for some reason or other interest me. Either due to unique products, some quirky aspect of their business, or because they have a background and history that is interesting. In the case of NPS Solovair, the interest starts with the company name. The NPS part dates all the…

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Guide: Some boots to see you through the winter

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Reading Time: 8 minutesFor me winter means boots. I know some people feel it appropriate to stride through the cold and dark, over the ice and snow, wearing the same flimsy, slippery and chilly footwear they use the rest of the year. Around here though we see winter as an opportunity to boot up. And boots must be real boots, no zips and…

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Looking around the on-line sales…

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Reading Time: 2 minutesIt’s that point in the pre-summer preparations when the mind is getting ready for some holiday relaxation, the body enjoying the sun from a clear blue sky, and the retailers are busy at work emptying out their stores to make way for their Autumnal goods. Last year at this time I did a post on nice rainwear I found in…

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The Rules: Socks and Summer

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Reading Time: 6 minutesA matter that has caused me much pondering is the matter of what to do about socks during the summer. To use them, skip them, or try to stealth them? There are varying opinions on this issue, as can be seen by doing a little field work among actual live specimens. Don’t bother too much with the ladies though, they…

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How to lace and tie your shoes

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Reading Time: 8 minutesShoes are an ancient and established piece of technology in most of our lives. Those of us over the age of 5, with normally developed skills and faculties, are also well acquainted with shoe laces, both from the perspective of lacing the shoes and from tying the laces. Given that everyone clearly manages well enough in this respect on a…

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