Old Boots and Obenauf’s

I have a unique relationship with this pair of boots – either I’ve completely forgotten that I own them or I wear them every day and can’t imagine not having them. They generally get used as my bad-weather footwear, and occasionally see time as hiking boots as well. They’re old, tough, and were in some […]

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Sew Many Buttons

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My recent upgrade to a new and improved blogging platform has been great in many ways, but one of them was rather unexpected. In flipping all my articles over to a new site, I was forced to revisit all of my old content – this trip down memory lane was quite fun, and reminded me of how […]

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Caring for you Purchases: Laundry Day

Researching and buying new pieces of clothing is lots of fun (for me, at least), but I’ve found that the true joy in owning something great is taking care of it over time and watching it become something unique to me. Breaking in a pair of raw jeans, building up patina on a pair of […]

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Extreme Makeover: Blazer Button Edition

A couple of weeks ago I picked up this blazer by Brando on yoox during a seasonal sale. I was looking for an inexpensive navy wool blazer, and this fit the bill well. The construction quality is decent, the fabric is very nice, and the details, although very much on the “unstructured everything” trend, worked […]

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Shoe Maintenance

After a few hours of dancing on the forest floor at a recent wedding my trusty Allen Edmonds McAllisters were looking quite rough around the edges. They were covered in dirt and scuffs and needed some serious attention before they were going to be work-appropriate again. Fortunately, it’s not that hard to breathe life back […]

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Restoring Old Shoes

As I’ve mentioned before, I recently inherited a few pairs of wonderful vintage shoes from my uncle and late grandfather. They are all high quality and have been taken care of well, but they’re 20-30 years old and are a bit rough around the edges. This pair is a nice burgundy plaintoe by Ferragamo that my […]

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What do you do when a shoe is too big?

Well, in a perfect world you’d trade it in for one that fits well. For many of us, though, this isn’t always an option – maybe it was an ebay find, maybe your feet are two different sizes, or maybe it’s the only size left. It is important to buy shoes that fit well – […]

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