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 suedeContinue reading “Shoes 201 – Shoe Care – Suede Shoes”

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 heContinue reading “Church & Co. (Church’s) and Gentlemens Shoes”

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 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”