December 27, 2010

Ralph Lauren Darlton Shortwings

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I purchased these shoes in the past month or so. These are Ralph Lauren Darlton wingtips made by Crockett & Jones (an English shoemaker) using cigar shell cordovan from Horween. These are solid shoes that will probably last the rest of my life. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a shortwing. When I first decided to get new shoes I knew I wanted a sort of wingtip in cigar shell cordovan, but I couldn’t decide between a shortwing, longwing, or a wingtip boot. These got my attention and after finding a good deal on them I pulled the trigger. The color, leather, last, and styling on these are all amazing, and they work with almost any outfit.

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Moose socks

Posted in Clothes tagged , , at 3:44 am by Brown Boots

Probably my favorite Christmas presents this year: Moose socks.

November 14, 2010

Sun-bleaching leather: Alden pocket knife holder

Posted in Clothes, Personal Projects tagged , , , , , at 9:45 pm by Brown Boots

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A while back I bought the above Alden Shell Cordovan pocket knife holder and pocket knife. As an experiment, I decided to try out sun-bleaching leather, and this seemed to be a good item to try it with. After about 1-2 months of being taped to my west-facing window, the branded side has become many shades lighter from sun exposure.  This could be done to shoes, belts, and watchbands with some very interesting effects as the sun lightens portions of the leather differently. Just remember if you’re doing this to shoes you should condition the leather afterwards, because in addition to lightening the sun will also dry out the leather, shortening its lifespan.

October 23, 2010

My business partner and I in a style blog

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Virile – West Broadway and Lafayette St…Soho NYC….

My business partner and I were photographed on Broadway last weekend. It was cool boot day.

October 15, 2010

Gordon Rush Boots, 1.5 years of wear

Posted in Clothes, Personal Projects tagged , , , , at 6:13 pm by Brown Boots

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My Gordon Rush boots have gotten a lot of wear since I’ve bought them. I’d guess that I wear each pair twice a week most of the year, and in terms of maintenance I do the following:

-Always putting shoe trees in while not worn.
-Alternating between applying tan Tana shoe cream and Saphir Renovateur Leather Conditioner/Cleaner every 1-3 weeks, depending on visible wear.
-I avoid wearing either pair of boots in the rain or snow, though there have been some unavoidable circumstances where they got significantly wet.  The leather has held up really well despite this.
-I had the heel pads replaced on both pairs with Vibram commando heel pads. This was about $30 per pair and they match the boots perfectly.

The Tana shoe cream has given my dark brown GR boots some tan and reddish hues, which I personally really like. The color of the Tana cream mostly matches the whiskey/tan GR boots though, so their color is mostly the same if not a bit darker and bolder.

October 5, 2010

Bedford & Grove shirts, coming soon

Posted in Clothes, Personal Projects tagged , at 2:00 am by Brown Boots

I’ve been working on a menswear line with a business partner lately, and we’re starting to see some finished products. Above is one of our more recent samples. We’re going to have a line of shirts finished soon and we plan to expand to suits soon afterwards. Stay tuned!

August 6, 2010

Compass footwear trade show

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This week I went to the Compass footwear trade show, and it was amazing. I forgot to take pictures of any of the shoes, but I was really excited about a lot of what I saw there. Some highlights:

  • The Eastland Made in Maine collection is amazing. Very soon they are putting out a collection of handmade moccasins using Horween leathers and made in the USA. They’re basic models are very similar to Quoddy and the many other moccasin/boat shoes out there, but they also have some more interesting boots and other models. Sartorially Inclined has some great pictures of the line from the capsule show.
  • The Wolverine 1000 Mile collection has expanded to include many more new models and designs. Coming soon are a few canvas boots, a denim boot, and a 1000 mile boot made with shell cordovan. The Wolverine agent gave me a Horween leather keychain, and I’m way too excited about it.
  • Timberland’s Abington line has some great new models coming out, many of them using suede.
  • Mark McNairy’s various lines all look great. The Bass Weejuns collaboration is very nice and there was a big selection from his New Amsterdam line being shown as well.
  • I kind of love the Florsheim by Ducky Brown collection. They have such a large collection of shell cordovan and Horween leather longwings, some in really nice colors and some in tacky colors. They’re made in China, but I’d be interested in seeing how they hold up since they use such high quality leathers.

June 24, 2010

Summer watchbands – J. Crew NATO straps

Posted in Clothes tagged , , at 11:37 pm by Brown Boots

I never thought leather on my wrists would actually bother me on a hot day, but hey I was wrong. Now I have my Omega and Seiko watches on J. Crew NATO straps, which are much more comfortable.

May 30, 2010

Vintage Florsheim Shell Cordovan Longwings in burgundy

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I’ve been looking for a pair of shell cordovan longwings for a while now. A few months ago I bought a pair of Church shell longwings in burgundy off eBay that unfortunately did not fit me, so they had to go. I stumbled across these Florsheim longwings last week though, and had to get them.

The uppers on these are in near perfect condition, it looks as though someone tried these on and then never really wore them afterwards.

For those who don’t know, Florsheim is an American shoe company that today produces very cheap quality shoes. In the past, Florsheim shoes were very high-end and were on par with shoe companies like Alden today. Some even say the build quality is above and beyond Alden, which is saying a lot. They even used the same Horween shell cordovan that Alden (and many others) use in high-end shoes. At some point the ownership of Florsheim decided to change strategies though, and started making low-end shoes that really aren’t worthwhile. Fortunately a lot of vintage Florsheim shoes are still out there either lightly used like mine or legitimate deadstock. This is sadly the case with many other American shoe companies, such as Bostonian, French Shriner, and apparently Allen-Edmonds might go the same way. There are pretty amazing deals out there if you just look for shell cordovan shoes by these companies.

April 28, 2010

Brooks Brothers Glen Plaid Spectators

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I like shoes a lot obviously. I got these about a month ago but haven’t worn them yet, though I plan on wearing them a lot this summer. I love the glen plaid used for the contrasting portion of the shoe.

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