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 distinctiveContinue reading “Gentlemens Shoes 101 – The Slip-on”

Gentlemens Shoes 101 – The Monk

Ah, yes, the stylish buckle bound Monk, the gentlemens shoe with a dash of sass. The range of design flare that the Monk creates makes it a more formal than the Derby, yet less formal (and some say stuffy) than the Oxford. Rooted in the footwear of actual European monks, the style does not useContinue reading “Gentlemens Shoes 101 – The Monk”

Gentlemens Shoes 101 – The Derby

When an occasion doesn’t call for a gentleman to wear the more formal Oxford shoe, the Derby is the next choice. The style is also known as the Blücher, so named after the General who first came up with the idea of putting overlapping side pieces of leather to be attached to his soldier’s boots.Continue reading “Gentlemens Shoes 101 – The Derby”

Gentlemens Shoes 101 – The Oxford

In keeping with the coming of spring I think any gentleman should turn his mind to is the state of his shoes. If his footwear is lacking, so too, will be the company he so desires upon his arm. To this end let’s get the basics down. The most formal style of mens shoe isContinue reading “Gentlemens Shoes 101 – The Oxford”

Tim Little and Gentlemens Shoes

If there is one area a gentleman looks to splash out is it his footwear. This is not news, yet I find it a revelation to many men when I first bring the subject up. Your footwear, whether you like it or not, speaks volumes about who you are, or at least how people perceiveContinue reading “Tim Little and Gentlemens Shoes”