Why the Last Matters

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When you purchase a pair of high quality handmade shoes, you’ll almost certainly be told which last the shoes were produced on.

Many people may not know just why this is so important. However, paying attention to the last used will help you choose a pair of shoes that are ideally suited to your feet.

First things first: what is a last?

Before you can really understand why a last is so important,...

How Long Will it Take to Break In Your Shoes?

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Traditional leather shoes don’t feel like trainers when you first put them on.

Unlike most canvas or synthetic shoes, leather shoes need some time to warm up and adjust to the shape of your foot. New leather tends to be very stiff, and can take time to soften. This is called the breaking in period.

There are big benefits to going through this breaking in period. Once you’ve worn in a pair of shoes, they will be perfectly moulded...

Five Innovative Ways to Store Your Shoes

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The more shoes you’re lucky enough to collect, the bigger the question of where to store them. Every shoe lover knows how important it is to take good care of his shoes, but in practice it can be difficult to do your footwear justice while it’s being stored.

If your shoes are currently all in a row (or a pile!) in the bottom of your wardrobe, this post is for you. Here are five innovative ideas for storing...

Perfect Pairs: Balmoral Boots and Vintage Sports Jackets

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Balmoral boots have the rare benefit of being both practical and elegant. We love the look of these intricate boots, and they’ll keep your feet warm and dry all winter long.

You may not be surprised to learn that these boots have a royal pedigree. They were first designed for Prince Albert, who wanted a practical walking boot to wear in the grounds of Balmoral Castle that would also look suitably stylish inside.

There’s something delightfully classic about this style of...

What Are the Most Romantic Shoes for Valentine’s Day?

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We’re getting close to the biggest date night of the year. Whether you’re hoping to woo a new person, or whether you’re setting out to show your significant other how much you appreciate them, the details matter.

And when we say details? We mainly mean your shoes. There are all sorts of old pieces of wisdom about shoes and how vital they are for making a good impression.

But how should you choose the right shoes for Valentine’s Day? Unfortunately...