From Black To Burgundy

how to change the color of shoe soles

Admittedly, I realize that this post will appeal to an alarmingly small number of you that will read this (the .1% perhaps).  But to my knowledge there are not any other bloggers (and perhaps even shoe makers/repairers) talking about this on this internetwebthingy so I figure I might as well.  Anyway, today were going to change the soles of a pair of shoes from black to burgundy.  If you remember, a few months back I wrote on darkening a sole from tan to dark brown (which I have since changed to navy blue to match the upper), which is an … Continue reading

5 Fall Pick Ups For Less Than $50

brown and orange dapper classics socks

I realize that sometimes the things I speak of are too expensive for some people.  Or perhaps some of you are tired about hearing about made to measure suits (but don’t worry, I’m not tired of talking about them) and the shoes that go with them.  So I thought it’d be nice to put together a short list of 5 things that could help all of you get through the fall (and even winter) season in warmer and more stylish way. 1. Dapper Classics’ wool socks ($24.00) – Although at home year round, I find that wool socks are even … Continue reading

Things I Wear: Cocktails At The Barnes

young professional night at the barnes

The Main Line was lucky to have The Barnes, and it is rather unfortunate that it does not still.  But Philadelphia is even luckier to have it; and many would argue that it should not have it.  I’ll put my views aside for now and say that how it is not is how it is going to be, at least as far ahead as any of us can see.  And Philadelphia, as a city, is better off for it.  Some would argue that the art loving world is also better off for it. But one fact is un-debatable, that the … Continue reading

The Paul Evans Shoe Review

paul evans shoe review

Often I am ‘set up’ with a brand by a friend who thinks it would be a good fit.  Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.  Fortunately, the set up with Paul Evans was of the former.  Evan (who is one half of the company) and I first met up out in Vegas during market week.  Stetson is the other co-founder, however, I have not met him yet.  The two gents met at Tulane, where they graduated from a few years ago.  Since then they have been pursuing their respective careers but have had an inkling for men’s style, which … Continue reading

How To (Not) Dress For College

how to dress for college

The pajama party that is many a college classroom and campus has to stop.  It is an outward manifestation, generally speaking, of a disregard for the importance of our academic system and the educations that it endows its students with.  And then there is the more direct and personal disrespect that it shows toward the teachers and professors who operate in said system. Don’t you guys give a fuck? Or maybe acting like you don’t give a fuck is really what it’s all about.  Sad. It is something I never understood and still don’t understand; guys wearing sweatpants, t-shirts, pajamas, … Continue reading

I Am Dandy: Or The Night The Dandies Took Over Bergdorf Goodman

I am dandy

It was nearly a year ago that I spoke with Rose Callahan and she revealed to me her plans to partner with Nathaniel Adams for a book on Dandies.  A natural team as well as a natural extension of both of their works.  Rose has been putting out The Dandy Portraits for a few years now and Natty works at the Against Nature Atelier and also does writing on dandies at Lives Of The Dandies. At last the book Rose spoke of, I Am Dandy has been released.  Bergdorf Goodman hosted a launch party last Thursday at its men’s store, … Continue reading

What Color Shoes To Wear With What Color Pants

I often receive questions on what color shoes to wear with what color pants.  None of the questions are bad questions, sometimes it is hard to tell if things work together.  So I have decided to make a chart to try to help all of us out.  I hope the chart is easy to understand.  On the left we have the pant color and the right, the shoe color.  If you can wear a given color of shoe with a color of pants the color is present.  If you cannot, ‘NO’ will be present. Now, obviously, there are exceptions to … Continue reading

The Ethics Of Illegality: Ivory Cufflinks

ivory cufflinks

Last week I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a pair of hand carved ivory cufflinks, I acquired them immediately.  I am not 100% convinced they are real ivory, but at the price I paid I will get over it if they are faux or bone (however, upon trying the burning needle test they seemed to be the real thing).  Which I figure that at a minimum they are bone.  Either way, I will still wear them and they are still pretty badass.  And let’s for the sake of this piece assume that they are real ivory. But on … Continue reading

How To Clean Suede Shoes, Pt II

how to clean suede shoes

First off, lets start out by saying that you need to clean your shoes.  It doesn’t matter whether they are calf, cow, croc, suede or something else; they should be kept clean.  It will give you a more presentable look and it will also prolong their useful life.  A few months back I discussed how to lightly clean them and also apply a water repellant spray, which are both important steps in caring for your suede shoes, but sometimes, more has to be done. For cleaning suede shoes there are a few different levels of cleaning.  The first is to … Continue reading

Coming To America: Meermin

meermin black shoes

At last.  We can celebrate.  Meermin has announced the dates and location of its first trunk show in NYC (and America for that matter).  So, for November 14-16 at 481 Broadway on the 4th floor Meermin will be holding court.  If you have not heard of the brand before feel free to peruse my review of them.  Appointments are not needed and the show is open 10am-6pm.  There will be a plethora of regular models the brand stocks as well as some examples of the MTO program and perhaps even some models exclusive to the event. I know that some … Continue reading