Gentlemens Boots – The Paddock

In keeping with my series on gentlemens boots I present to you the Paddock! Horse riders of the nineteenth century needed something less cumbersome than the standard riding boot. Bookmakers responded to this need by developing the lace-up Paddock boot.  As the name indicates, this lace up ankle-height leather boot was ideal for Victorian gentlemen …

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Gentlemens Boots – The Chelsea

While the Chelsea boot looks modern it actual dates from Victorian era riding boots and is British in its design origin. According to Underground, the English Punk footwear maker, The distinguishing features of the boots are the elasticated side panels, or gussets, in place of laces or other fastenings. This was a very innovative design …

Gentlemen’s Fabrics 101 – Silks

Silk - the word itself mimics the fabric it names as you say it flowing softly through your lips only catching slightly at the end. Silk comes from the harvested cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry tree moth, Bombyx mori, and in domesticated fashion on silk farms in a practice called sericulture. Bombyx mori …

Gentlemens Shoes 101 – The Slip-on

The slip-on, or the loafer, is an innovation in gentlemens shoes from '30s Norway. They are a laceless shoe that is based on the basic moccasin construction. Originally worn by Norwegian farmers, the slip-on was promoted in the United States by shoemakers, including Maine bootmaker G.H. Bass, who sold them as 'Weejuns' adding the distinctive …