The Shoepassion Shoe Review

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I think that it is no secret that the men’s dress shoe market is far better in Europe than it is here in the States.  This is due in large part to a proliferation of brands both old and new that sell well made and well designed shoes both online and off.  Of these brands is Shoepassion.  A German brand that has its shoe made in Spain and sells only through its website and store in Berlin. Shoepassion launched in February 2010 and was founded by Tim Keding and Henry Bokemeier, however, I have been in contact with Tobias Borner … Continue reading

Awl & Sundry Custom Shoe Review, pt I

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The made to measure/custom suit and shirt industry has been doing quite well for itself over the past few years.  The number of players has increased greatly and partly as a result, the accessibility of made to measure suits (by means of the internet and lower prices) has greatly increased.  It was only a matter of time before the same started happening in shoes. Sure, Nike ID has been around for a while and since it is Nike, it is no doubt a huge operation, but it is limited in its scope.  However, aside from the top tier of shoe … Continue reading

The John Doe Shoe Review

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The Mexicans are coming!  Well, their shoes are at least.  In the past 6 months or so, a few brands have come on the scene out of Mexico.  Just A Men Shoe being one and John Doe Shoes, being the other (yes, I know, the names could use some work).  Today we shall discuss the latter brand, in particular their Dover Chukka Boot. John Doe Shoes specializes in Good Year welted shoes, which are made at their factory in Mexico.  Which, if you care to hear my opinion, we are going to be seeing a few brands come out of … Continue reading

The Beckett Simonon Review

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I remember when I first heard about Beckett Simonon in late 2012.  So I went to their website, browsed the selection and almost bought a pair of shoes.  The only problem was that they were all sold out and I did not feel like waiting for them to restock.  Nonetheless, I still thought to myself that it was only a matter of time until someone started a direct to consumer shoe company, mind you, this was a year before Jack Erwin launched. Since then I have been keeping tabs on Beckett Simonon so when I received an email from their … Continue reading

The Velasca Shoe Review

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I was approached a few months back by the good people at Velasca because they were interested in a Velasca shoe review appearing on this here blog.  At the time, I had only recently heard of the brand, and I had never seen the shoes in person before.  Which I now know is because they do not have a physical presence here in the US.  Furthermore, they are also a young brand and do not have much presence on social media and other blogs.  So as we all know by now, I love reviewing and talking about new brands; so … Continue reading

How To Wear Gray Shoes

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First off, let’s agree on the fact that it is okay for men to wear gray dress shoes.  I realize that it is not acceptable in all settings.  I think I’ve only seen another guy wear them once or twice in the wild.  But just because something is not done often, does not mean that it is not okay.  And in fact, the absence of gray dress shoes is likely the most legitimate and substantial argument against them.  So like just about anything, you have to be comfortable wearing gray shoes and you have to know whether it is appropriate … Continue reading

The Best Men’s Shoe Store In Philadelphia?

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Philadelphia has a lot of things.  More than most cities for sure.  However, there are still some things that our beloved city does not have.  And until recently, Philadelphia did not have a men’s shoe store worthy of mention. Yes, there is Allen Edmonds, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren and Boyds in center city; as well as a few stores that call themselves ‘shoe stores,’ but the latter have taste levels so low it makes me embarrassed to say they actually do business in Philadelphia. What I am talking about is a real shoe store, a proper ’boutique’ if you will.  … Continue reading

How To Tell If Shoes Fit

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As a logical follow up to my mention the other day of a piece I wrote for Business Insider on shoe brands under $350 I would like to talk about how to tell if your shoes fit you properly.  Which, to be honest, is not much different for men than it is for women.  Additioanlly, keep in mind these bits of advice are equally applicable for shoes costing less than $350 as they are for those well over $350. As I am sure we all know, wearing shoes that don’t fit well or that are uncomfortable can ruin a day.  … Continue reading

FYGblog Via Business Insider and Corporette

As regular readers will know, I sometimes will write over at Business Insider.  Last week I wrote a piece for them on shoe brands under $350.  Some of the brands you will recognize from the pages here (Septieme Largeur, Meermin, Jack Erwin, Paul Evans), and others you may have never heard of.  But hopefully I will be able to review some of those brands in the near future.  Funny enough, the piece is somewhat of a rebuttal to a previous article on buying men’s shoes by another BI staffer that I did not approve of.  Who would’ve thought, me objecting … Continue reading

J Fitzpatrick And William Abraham Trunk Show At Leffot

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On Thursday (Nov 21) Leffot hosted Justin Fitzpatrick of The Shoe Snob and J. Fitzpatrick Footwear for a trunk show.  This much I knew before going.  I was rather excited for the show, as it is always a pleasure to see both Justin and his shoes, which I believe are an excellent buy.  He walks a fine line between unique and ‘out there’ better than any other ready to wear brand under $1,000 I can think of.  Although his line is still young, I am quite excited to see where he goes with things. What I did not know was … Continue reading