The Skeleton Lining

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A Skeleton Lining may sound like a good idea for a Halloween costume - and a quick Google search will show you many amusing options, but it is mainly a term...

Suede: the Good, the Bad and the Oily…

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There is an old adage: You should never eat anything or read a newspaper while wearing suede. The fear is that that any spill, drop of rain or...

My Mantra

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Most quality English shoes are still made using 19th century processes that were designed for a time when most people only had one good pair of shoes –...

I’ll Be Buried in a Pair of Loafers

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I love a good loafer; always have, always will. I grew up wearing every kind of loafer in the 80’s – especially G. H. Bass Boat Shoes and...

Dress Shoes Are Death

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On the most recent episode of Ted Lasso entitled ‘No Weddings and a Funeral’, the team of twenty-something players on the Richmond team struggle with the idea that...

Desert Boots: A brief History

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Popularised by another English footwear company in the 1950’s (who shall remain nameless), the desert boot actually did come from the desert. Originally found only in the bazaars...

If the Shoe Fits: A practical guide to sizing online

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If you are purchasing a Martel+Ram classic black leather Derby and you’re wondering about your correct size and the fit – there is a simple, at-home size guide...

No Brown in Town

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  The English have a funny old saying when it comes to shoes: No Brown in Town. Basically, it means that the only acceptable colour for work or...

How To Tie A Perfect Bow

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The secret to getting a nice horizontal bow - on your shoe or neck - as opposed to a wonky or clown-like vertical bow, is quite simple -...

Age, wear & tear

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Our feet generally stop growing by the age of 20, although as you get older (and a little bit greyer) you probably find that you have gone up...