Crockett & Jones ‘Harvard’ loafe...

November 10th 2021

I’ve always recommended Crockett & Jones to readers over the years, as a solid, good-value English shoe. But I’ve only briefly owned a pair. I had some when I was in my twenties, but bought the wrong size - so sold them within a ...

Crockett & Jones ‘Harvard’ loafe...

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It's really a question of how much you will appreciate the differences in terms of fineness of materials, Boris, and any preferences in style. With English makers you can largely see you're getting more for more money, b...

ShoesNovember 10th 2021

Autumn/Winter Top 10: Wax, Ivy and secateurs

October 11th 2021

This year’s A/W Top 10 list includes a sprinkling of new names, but a lot of familiar ones too. I don’t think this is unexpected or unwelcome. The world of classic, crafted menswear is not large, primarily because men still don’t ...

Autumn/Winter Top 10: Wax, Ivy and secateurs

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No, they're a 2-ply which is standard yarn for this kind of polo knit. You could wear over a shirt or instead of one. However, they are different to a Smedley or a PS polo, which use much finer merino yarn. This is expla...

Casual clothing - DenimOctober 11th 2021

What would I buy from Massimo Dutti?

September 1st 2021

When is it worth buying the best possible quality, and when can you economise? This, of course, was part of the subject of my book The Finest Menswear in the World , which examined what constitutes ‘quality’ in various categories of clo...

What would I buy from Massimo Dutti?

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SIMON, thank you for the well thought out advise and feedback. Hard for a label to be all things to all people...I do agree, choosing certain items from brands like Massimo can be a positive.....especially the items that...

Denim - KnitwearSeptember 1st 2021

Are bespoke shoes worth it?

August 9th 2021

Every time I do a review of bespoke shoes, the question comes up as to whether they're worth the money. Whether bespoke shoes in general can really be worth it, given the little issues I often report. My short answer is that, in my experience , the...

Are bespoke shoes worth it?

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Makes sense! Thanks :)...

ShoesAugust 9th 2021

Playing around with white bucks

August 4th 2021

During sunny weather in the past few weeks, I've been playing around with these old shoes from Lodger, the shoe shop that used to be on Clifford Street in London, and where I first started writing about menswear . The shoes were a recreation of a 1...

Playing around with white bucks

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I called Alden in Massachusetts on 16 February 2022. The woman stated that they are not making the white bucks because they cannot find the leather. I got an email from Crockett & Jones who stated that they will have...

Shoes - StyleAugust 4th 2021

Carreducker remote-fitted bespoke boots: Review

August 2nd 2021

I think when craftsmen are doing remote fittings, they err on the safe side. That’s one consistency I can draw from my online bespoke over the past year. Whether it’s with WW Chan , Massura or Ferdinando Caraceni in tailoring, Carreduc...

Carreducker remote-fitted bespoke boots: Review

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I do, yes, they're lovely in the winter...

ShoesAugust 2nd 2021

Remote, manufactured bespoke boots from Carreducker 

June 11th 2021

I've known Deborah Carré and James Ducker (below)for many years, having first covered their workshops when they were at Cockpit Arts (those pictures of me and Luke!), then the opening of their service at Gieves & Hawkes , and more rec...

Remote, manufactured bespoke boots from Carreducker 

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Yes there is...

ShoesJune 11th 2021

Desert boots (and knitwear, and bespoke) at Anglo...

June 4th 2021

Somehow, Jake and Anglo-Italian manage to keep relatively under the radar here in the UK, despite being one of the few classic-menswear shops keeping that spirit relevant. Perhaps it’s because they don’t actively seek out mainstream cov...

Desert boots (and knitwear, and bespoke) at Anglo...

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Nice! I'm wearing longer socks, but pretty much anything would work with desert boots like that Amit. I would more often wear a thicker ribbed sock to be honest...

Knitwear - ShoesJune 4th 2021

Viberg Service Boots: My choice of work boot

May 10th 2021

During the past Winter, I was vaguely looking to replace my longstanding work boots from Wolverine (above) . They’d done great service: on long country walks, camping in different parts of the country, and just going to the local park in rain...

Viberg Service Boots: My choice of work boot

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Well, that's a hiking boot style and looks a little more luxe - not sure I'd be wanting to scuff that up so much. But if not used for such rough activity, yes it would be good...

ShoesMay 10th 2021

The (17) bespoke shoemakers I have known

March 10th 2021

  This article was originally written back in 2014. Back then I had tried seven bespoke shoemakers, and nothing in Japan. Seven years later, the number has more than doubled, and the spread is wider – also encompassing some semi-be...

The (17) bespoke shoemakers I have known

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I think that's fine - I'd certainly happily spend more on an overcoat than on shoes. However, that's in large part based on my experience of bespoke shoes, which has been patchy - see article here....

ShoesMarch 10th 2021

Pyjamas and working from home: Baudoin & Lan...

February 26th 2021

Best stay-at-home wear: Baudoin & Lange Runners-up: Luca Faloni, Sunspel   PS readers voted Baudoin & Lange the best for ‘stay at home’ wear in 2021 Awards, principally based on their Sagans or Sagan Lune shoes. ...

Pyjamas and working from home: Baudoin & Lan...

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Hi PA - I would recommend Belgian loafers with rubber soles (traveler loafers). Sagan Strides is one example but a similar more affordable option would be Yanko - check out the Skolyx site. I was also looking for somethi...

Casual clothing - ShoesFebruary 26th 2021

Why have these bespoke shoes aged so well?

February 22nd 2021

What shoes do we still find ourselves wearing after 10 years, and why? I find this is mostly about making sensible, functional choices; then a little bit about quality and fit; and almost nothing to do with bevelled waists or stitches per inch. We...

Why have these bespoke shoes aged so well?

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I tend to prefer rounded, and squared often looks a little more stylised, a little more modern or edgy. But please keep in mind it is only one factor - you can have a subtle squared toe on a rounded last and it look very...

ShoesFebruary 22nd 2021

Outfits I got wrong

February 19th 2021

Everyone gets stuff wrong. We all have outfits we look back on years later, and cringe. Fortunately, I believe this is something where you learn and progress. It is not a cycle of fashions, where every few years you wear something different, and di...

Outfits I got wrong

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yes I would Jack...

Casual clothing - ShoesFebruary 19th 2021

The future of Crockett & Jones

February 10th 2021

Shoe brand of the year: Crockett & Jones Runners up: Edward Green, TLB   Crockett & Jones has won our 2021 award for best shoe brand - an accolade intended to recognise a shoemaker that is adapting to this age of online reta...

The future of Crockett & Jones

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I love this comment, and I love the slightly anachronistic approach that C&J takes to retailing. In an age when everything is available with a click, it's refreshing to slow it down a bit and require some human conta...

ShoesFebruary 10th 2021

Nicholas Templeman bespoke shoes: Review

January 13th 2021

Bespoke shoes are a luxury for me, rather than the norm. Unlike bespoke tailoring - which I will always buy over RTW as long as I can afford to - I’m quite happy with a shoe wardrobe which is mostly ready-made. This can put more pressure on ...

Nicholas Templeman bespoke shoes: Review

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The creasing has been fine, though I haven't found them to be that versatile to be honest. I think perhaps it's the combination of a more casual style and colour, but in a bespoke make. If I wore more casual/rural tailor...

ShoesJanuary 13th 2021

Petru & Claymoor bespoke shoes: Review

December 2nd 2020

Almost a year ago, back in January, I began the process of making a pair of bespoke shoes with a new outfit in Romania, Petru & Claymoor . Shoe fans might have seen some coverage of the brand over the intervening year. It was set up by Mirc...

Petru & Claymoor bespoke shoes: Review

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They've remained pretty stiff, but also I haven't worn them a huge amount because of uncertainties about the style. So not the best test case...

ShoesDecember 2nd 2020

Carmina unlined chukka boots: Review

November 9th 2020

There is one way in which this review is necessarily unfair. The vast majority of my shoes are at a higher quality level than these Carmina chukkas, and therefore my context will be different to many potential customers. However, I have owned cheape...

Carmina unlined chukka boots: Review

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I know I'm resurrecting an old post. If the slippage is due to them being too long then the XIM last might work for you. The UETAM is quite narrow in my opinion, so you could size down .5 and go with UETAM EE. The Carmin...

ShoesNovember 9th 2020

The Winter Top 5: End, GRP, Real McCoy’s, B...

November 4th 2020

Anonymous Ism socks, via End £30 The online version of End is a surprisingly good source for classic clothing. Although it’s still dominated by street wear, and the new shop off Carnaby Street is entirely trainers and hoodies, the websit...

The Winter Top 5: End, GRP, Real McCoy’s, B...

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Hi Simon, Very helpful. Many thanks!...

Casual clothing - ShoesNovember 4th 2020

Clutch Cafe: A guide to my favourite brands

September 7th 2020

There is a handful of menswear shops in London that I recommend regularly to friends visiting from abroad. They include Trunk, Connolly, Drake's and Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery. All boutiques, all founded in the past decade. The most ...

Clutch Cafe: A guide to my favourite brands

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I haven't tried it, but yes it would...

Casual clothing - CoatsSeptember 7th 2020

TLB Artista shoes: Review

August 17th 2020

Spanish shoemaker TLB sent me these ‘Artista’ suede oxfords to try, following my mention of them in our round-up of cheaper shoe brands last month. I have to say, I was immediately impressed. Not necessarily compared to the top-end shoe...

TLB Artista shoes: Review

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I too bought a pair of these and have worn them twice. I absolutely love them. They are very attractive and quite comfortable. The quality is also excellent for their price point....

ShoesAugust 17th 2020

My colours in the Baudoin & Lange ‘Ginkgo’ l...

July 31st 2020

Baudoin & Lange recently launched a new, perhaps more conventional range to their shoes, called the Ginkgo. Allan asked me if I'd like to pick a colour or two of suede to make up in this style, and offer as part of the collection - as I did...

My colours in the Baudoin & Lange ‘Ginkgo’ l...

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It's really a question of personal preference. I prefer a tassel, but arguably it is less versatile....

ShoesJuly 31st 2020

My Summer shoes

July 29th 2020

  Shoes can be one of the trickiest areas for clothing in the summer. Unless we require a jacket, it’s pretty simple to wear a well-cut polo shirt on top and drapey linen trousers on the bottom, and stay cool. But shoes are always re...

My Summer shoes

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They've been pretty good, yes. Alden soles aren't always the longest lasting, but these have been fine so far...

ShoesJuly 29th 2020

The complete capsule: Prices, budgets and timelines

July 13th 2020

  Our ‘complete capsule’ article last month went down particularly well with readers. Setting out a concentrated, versatile wardrobe, I think it provided both a good starting point for new readers and a way for older ones to real...

The complete capsule: Prices, budgets and timelines

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Oh good. Helps when you've been there!...

Coats - Hanks and scarvesJuly 13th 2020

Nicholas Templeman bespoke shoes: Introduction an...

July 8th 2020

Nicholas Templeman is a bespoke shoemaker, an ex-John Lobb lastmaker who now works out of his home in North London. We've been working on a pair of derby shoes for the past year, and they're near completion. So I thought it would be good time to wri...

Nicholas Templeman bespoke shoes: Introduction an...

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They're doing very well, certainly comfortable and well made. We had a small issue lining up the facings, but it is small. We're just correcting that and then there will be a full piece....

ShoesJuly 8th 2020

Espadrilles: Style, occasion, and brands

July 3rd 2020

UPDATE: This is a nice video from Diegos showing how espadrilles are made. You can see the better, neater hand sewing of the soles mentioned below. I remember clearly when I got my first pair of espadrilles. I was 19, on holiday in Spain, and bough...

Espadrilles: Style, occasion, and brands

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Hi, this is Vincent from Maison LQ. Our espadrilles are handmade with love in the south of France. Our style is traditional, true to the authentic espadrilles. Please check out our website, I would love to get your thoug...

ShoesJuly 3rd 2020