Shoes 201 – Shoe Care – Suede Shoes

This is an excellent video and article by videojug about the proper care, cleaning and revival of suede leather shoes. Peter Schweiger,  the 5th generation owner of the British bespoke shoemakers James Taylor & Son, , demonstrates the techniques. How To Clean Suede Shoes Step 1: You will need: 1 suede protector spray 1 suede …

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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 …

Church & Co. (Church’s) and Gentlemens Shoes

Help Kingpin be named the sharpest man in Canada by voting here!! Very few products distinguish themselves as the 'gold standard' of their market. Even among these, the brand is often purchased by another company, who trade on their item's reputation, all the while shaving away its quality in the name of profit until he …

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 …

Gentlemens Boots – The Jodhpur

Every gentleman should own at least one pair of short boots. Both sole and upper should be made of leather in . They should reflect his ability as a man of action when required and as a man of substance regardless. With this in mind, examine the Jodhpur boot. I am going to make a …