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Shoe care and shoe polishing - The complete guide

Shoe care and shoe polishing – The complete guide

Finally time for an English version of the detailed step by step shoe care guide with lots of information on ...
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Guide - Shoe trees

Guide – Shoe trees

When it comes to maximizing the life of your shoes, there are three cornerstones: shoe care, shoe trees and rest. In ...
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Guide - Care of cordovan

Guide – Care of cordovan

The famous leather type cordovan, made of horse's rump, is more popular than in many years. It's a material that ...
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Guide - Shoe brushes

Guide – Shoe brushes

One always talk about how much easier things are with good tools, and this also applies to shoe care and ...
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In depth - Different polishing conditions

In depth – Different polishing conditions

The fact that it's always more difficult to polish up a proper shine on new shoes most have probably experienced. It may, ...
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The tip - Use removable insoles of the correct material

The tip – Use removable insoles of the correct material

A nice thing with quality of shoes is that they have insoles of leather that allows the feet to breathe ...
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Picture special - "Full refurbishment"

Picture special – “Full refurbishment”

A while back I bought this pair of Alfred Sargent Handgrade Benson to a very cheap price on Ebay. A ...
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Report - Saphir factory visit

Report – Saphir factory visit

Saphir is perhaps the world's most renowned manufacturer of shoe care products, with a history that goes back over 100 ...
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The tip - Reasons for heel slippage, and the solutions

The tip – Reasons for heel slippage, and the solutions

Heel slippage when walking is one of the more common problems people experience with new shoes. It can be caused by ...
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Guide - Shoe sizes

Guide – Shoe sizes

Most people have a fairly decent know how about how shoe sizes works, the difference between for example the European scale and the ...
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The tip - Stretch shoes yourself

The tip – Stretch shoes yourself

The subject of stretching shoes has been featured several times here on the blog, it's really the only way to make small shoes ...
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In-depth - RTW and fit

In-depth – RTW and fit

Good fit is the single most important feature of a shoe, even so, a lot of people wear shoes that fits quite ...
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In depth - What affects how shoes are stretched nr. 2

In depth – What affects how shoes are stretched nr. 2

Some time ago I wrote a post about the different things that affect how shoes will stretch on the Swedish ...
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In-depth - How shoes crease

In-depth – How shoes crease

After once again receiving questions from readers about this subject this week, I felt it might be time to write ...
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The tip - Fix loose loafers with tongue pads

The tip – Fix loose loafers with tongue pads

Loafers are, as most know, always more difficult to get a good fit on, since you have no opportunity to ...
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In depth - Feet changes

In depth – Feet changes

I often talk about that fit is the single most important thing when it comes to shoes. An aggravating factor ...
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In-depth - How pattern affect fit

In-depth – How pattern affect fit

It is easy to think that all shoe models made on one and the same last will always fit the ...
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Guide - Methods of shoe construction

Guide – Methods of shoe construction

There are of course several different methods of construction to put together a shoe. In this article all the most ...
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Guide - Resoling and re-heeling

Guide – Resoling and re-heeling

Traditionally constructed shoes, not least stitched ones, are almost always marketed with emphasis on the possibilities of resoling and repairing ...
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In depth - Disassembly of shoes

In depth – Disassembly of shoes

Continuing on the theme of what distinguishes shoes in different price ranges, this time in a proper in-depth manner. Together ...
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Picture special - The difference between Goodyear welted and hand welted

Picture special – The difference between Goodyear welted and hand welted

A classic topic of discussion is the difference between Goodyear welted and hand welted shoes, and the function and importance ...
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Guide - Toe shapes

Guide – Toe shapes

How the toe is designed is perhaps the most important aesthetic part on a shoe. With its position at the ...
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In-depth - Why shoes can be copied

In-depth – Why shoes can be copied

Every manufacturer of quality shoes has their versions of the classic models - plain cap toe oxford, semi brogues, adelaides, ...
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Picture special - Comparison between Yohei Fukuda and Marquess

Picture special – Comparison between Yohei Fukuda and Marquess

Yohei Fukuda and Marquess/Shoji Kawaguchi are two of the most well renowned bespoke shoemakers in Japan (and in the world, ...
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In-depth - The downside of shell cordovan

In-depth – The downside of shell cordovan

Shell cordovan is a loved material by many, with its special characteristics and durability. However, there's a few downsides of ...
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In-depth - Leather quality vs leather properties

In-depth – Leather quality vs leather properties

To judge leather quality is a science of its own, and many times people confuse leather quality with specific properties ...
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In-depth - How the colour of leather vary

In-depth – How the colour of leather vary

One difficulty that the growing online retailing of shoes poses for both stores and customers is the rendering of the ...
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The web tip - The Leather dictionary

The web tip – The Leather dictionary

If you're interested in learning more about leathers - the various kinds, various properties and much more - there's few ...
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History - Shell Cordovan

History – Shell Cordovan

Cordovan is an immensely popular material for shoes and leather accessories, with its special character and features. However, it was ...
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In-depth - Why to avoid sanding leather

In-depth – Why to avoid sanding leather

Today it's increasingly common with sanding down leather, mainly to remove cracks, but sometimes also only to smoothen out creases ...
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The tip - Use removable insoles of the correct material

The tip – Use removable insoles of the correct material

A nice thing with quality of shoes is that they have insoles of leather that allows the feet to breathe ...
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News - New EU rules positive for the leather industry

News – New EU rules positive for the leather industry

Today the EU Parliament made several decisions regarding stricter rules of antibiotics in animal husbandry. The main objective is to ...
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Reflection - Is biofabricated leather the future?

Reflection – Is biofabricated leather the future?

Imagine that the raw material for your future leather shoes is not from animals, but grown in large laboratories. Already ...
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Buyer's guide - Bespoke prices

Buyer’s guide – Bespoke prices

For those who want to get an overview of the prices among different manufacturers of bespoke shoes, a lot of ...
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Buyer's guide - Main d'Or

Buyer’s guide – Main d’Or

Eiji Murata, the man behind the brand Main d'Or, is one of the highest rated bespoke shoe makers in the ...
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Buyer's guide - Yohei Fukuda

Buyer’s guide – Yohei Fukuda

Yohei Fukuda is one of the most acclaimed Japanese bespoke shoemakers today, and many shoe interested men have drooled over ...
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Buyer's guide - Hiro Yanagimachi

Buyer’s guide – Hiro Yanagimachi

Hiro Yanagimachi is one of the pioneers of the new wave of Japanese bespoke shoemakers which established themselves in the ...
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Report - Gaziano & Girling bespoke, part 1

Report – Gaziano & Girling bespoke, part 1

This summer I was in London to get measured for a bespoke order from Gaziano & Girling. In this series ...
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Report - Gaziano & Girling bespoke, part 2

Report – Gaziano & Girling bespoke, part 2

So here's the second part of the series about the making of a pair bespoke shoes from Gaziano & Girling that ...
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Report - Gaziano & Girling bespoke, part 3

Report – Gaziano & Girling bespoke, part 3

Last week I had my second fitting for the bespoke shoes I've ordered from British Gaziano & Girling. Here a review ...
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Report - Gaziano & Girling bespoke, part 4

Report – Gaziano & Girling bespoke, part 4

Time for the penultimate installment in the series that follows the process and the production of a pair of bespoke shoes ...
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Report - Gaziano & Girling bespoke, pt. 5

Report – Gaziano & Girling bespoke, pt. 5

The article series that followed all parts of the process of ordering a pair of bespoke shoes from Gaziano & Girling, from the ...
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Report - Patrick Frei bespoke, part 1

Report – Patrick Frei bespoke, part 1

Time for the first part of a new article series that will follow the process ordering a pair of bespoke ...
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Report - Main-d'Or / Eiji Murata

Report – Main-d’Or / Eiji Murata

He has produced some of the world's finest shoes for over 12 years, he is highly praised by the bespoke shoemaking ...
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Report - Alte Art

Report – Alte Art

Alte Art is relatively unknown, even though one founder is one of the pioneers of the thriving Japanese bespoke shoe ...
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Shoegazing Podcast - Ep. 3, Daniel Wegan, about dedication

Shoegazing Podcast – Ep. 3, Daniel Wegan, about dedication

Hear bespoke shoemaker Daniel Wegan talk about dedication, which took him to the bespoke department of Gaziano & Girling, made ...
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Shoegazing Podcast - Ep.5, Hiro Yanagimachi, about the Japanese bespoke shoe scene

Shoegazing Podcast – Ep.5, Hiro Yanagimachi, about the Japanese bespoke shoe scene

Japan has in only two decades gone from a more or less non-existing bespoke market, up to being perhaps the ...
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History - The welted construction method

History – The welted construction method

Classic quality shoes are in many ways well connected to it's historical roots, which in a way makes it even ...
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History - The lasting machine

History – The lasting machine

A machine that had a huge impact during the industrialization of the shoe production was the lasting machine, which made it ...
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History - Heels

History – Heels

All traditionally constructed shoes have heels, although they are now relatively low on men's shoes. However, this has not always ...
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History - Toe stiffeners

History – Toe stiffeners

One thing that more or less all types of classic or traditionally constructed shoes have in common is the use ...
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History - Shell Cordovan

History – Shell Cordovan

Cordovan is an immensely popular material for shoes and leather accessories, with its special character and features. However, it was ...
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History - The split toe derby

History – The split toe derby

The split toe derby is a model that has been extra popular in recent years. A derby with a so-called ...
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History - Tassel loafers

History – Tassel loafers

Tassel loafers are one of the youngest models of all classic footwear, and it came to be after a commision ...
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History - The monk strap shoe

History – The monk strap shoe

Monk strap shoes is often considered as one of the younger models among those usually referred to as the backbone ...
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History - Chelsea boots

History – Chelsea boots

Chelsea boots, with its elastics on the sides making them easy to put on and take off, are one of ...
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History - Crockett & Jones exhibition shoes from 1911 nr.2

History – Crockett & Jones exhibition shoes from 1911 nr.2

It is among the finest made shoes you can see today, a collection that Crockett & Jones made for a ...
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History - Why brown shoes are so common

History – Why brown shoes are so common

The fact that different brown shades are very common when it comes to leather shoes, and leather products in general, ...
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Report from the London Super Trunk Show 2019

Report from the London Super Trunk Show 2019

Last Saturday the third edition of the London super trunk took place, the world's largest open event for classic men's ...
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Report from the London Super Trunk Show 2018

Report from the London Super Trunk Show 2018

Last weekend the second edition of the world's largest open event for classic men's shoe took place - the London ...
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Report from the London Super Trunk Show 2017

Report from the London Super Trunk Show 2017

The first London Super Trunk Show was successfully held this Saturday, with around 800 visitors and shoes sold or purchased ...
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Report from the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2019

Report from the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2019

Another super trunk is done. Last weekend's event in Stockholm gathered around 700 visitors, about 70 pairs of shoes were ...
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Report from the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2018

Report from the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2018

The five-year anniversary of the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show in Stockholm showed that the interest in classic shoes is still ...
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Report from the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2017

Report from the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2017

Another super trunk has passed, and once again we are very happy with the day. Over 700 people visited the ...
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Report from the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2016

Report from the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2016

Amazingly enough the interest continues to be huge for the super trunk, this was obvious this Saturday when the third edition was held ...
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Summary of the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2015

Summary of the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show 2015

The second Shoegazing Super Trunk Show was once again a great success, which we organizers are extremely happy about. 900 ...
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Report from the Amsterdam Super Trunk Show 2020

Report from the Amsterdam Super Trunk Show 2020

Last weekend the first Amsterdam Super Trunk Show took place. A great day with more than 300 visitors and shoes ...
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