I’m a big fan of Grenson shoes. I own three pairs and I think that they’re the best shoes that you can buy in England in terms of looks and beauty. (I’ve written before about resoling a pair of my Grensons in this post) There are better known English shoes such as Churches and Crockett & Jones, but Grenson are designed for aesthetics. Check out the site here. Look at these Grensons that I own: Beautiful aren’t they. The pros We’ve said it above: they’re beautiful. People do look at them and compliment you on them. You also catch yourself looking at these yourself when wearing them. They are classic English shoes from Northampton – in other words they have pedigree. They aren’t as expensive as other fine English shoes. They retail in the £200s, whilst Churches and Crocketts are in the £300s. The cons They definitely aren’t as robust …[Read More]
I’ve got three pairs of Grenson shoes. One pair got completely ruined on my first date with my now wife. I was wearing a blue blazer, red trousers and these brown, half-brogues and the date was going swimmingly. We were in Soho, London, when suddenly there was torrential rain. The narrow streets of Soho were flooded and in our walk to Tottenham Court Road Underground Station, my shoes got literally soaked. They were underwater. I was careful when drying them not to let them near heat sources like radiators because that could crack the leather (something I learned from schoolboy football). Nevertheless, they were totally buggered. I’ve had them in my wardrobe ever since then, with the intention to get them restored. Last month, I took them to my local Timpsons. Timpsons is a shop for shoe repairs, leatherwork and watch repairs. Here’s what they looked like beforehand. Totally buggered right? …[Read More]
I got this great question from a reader: What sneakers should I wear to be dapper? First starting point The starting point is that there are sneakers out there that are simply terrible. We saw this in a previous post ‘Be better than the Gap‘. In Crazy, Stupid, Love, Ryan Gosling’s character questions why Steve Carell’s character thinks he can wear Asics running shoes with jeans. ‘Are you Steve Jobs?’ Key takeaway: not all sneakers are created equally. (especially not the Asics 407s) Second starting point The second starting point is that sneakers are not inherently dapper. And definitely as inherently dapper as a pair of beautiful brogues (see here). So we’re really looking for the sneakers that don’t detract too much from the overall dapperness of your outfit. Cool sneakers vs dapper sneakers The next distinction to be made is between cool sneakers vs dapper sneakers Cool sneakers are a …[Read More]
One new pair of sneakers is never enough. In the hot summer months, you need to rotate them to avoid your sneakers becoming a sweaty mess. I was looking at ASOS for some inspiration and found these beauties! (Adidas Originals Court Vantage) What do I love about them? I love the detailing, with the perforated uppers. I like the blue contrasting laces. They’re not too outlandish. They’re classic, with something a little bit different. Check these out: Of course, wear them with invisible socks. Let me know in the comments what sneakers you’re wearing this summer!
I needed some new sneakers for a recent trip to Morocco. I had my heart set on a pair of Vans slip ons. (That’s how I shop. I have an idea before I go out shopping, which often leads to disappointment) I popped down to my local mall on the morning we were due to fly out and they were quite expensive. And also not the colour or style that I wanted. Vans are around £50. I then dashed into H&M and they did some classic Converse-style white plimsolls for the incredible price of £14.99. £14.99! At that price, it was a no-brainer. It was the price more than anything. I couldn’t believe that they could look so classic and be so cheap. I snapped them up and wore them on the plane to Marrakech. Here they are on the way out: Here they are after 11 days in the …[Read More]
Eliminate these mistakes from your wardrobe arsenal and you’ll be well on your way to dressing better. I see these errors all the time. See if you can spot these next time you’re out and about. 1. Wearing overt brands Why do so many men think that dressing well means buying brands and having those brands plastered all over them? You’re just a free advertisement for the brand. You’ve even paid them for the privilege of advertising their brand. Ralph’s little horse is a long-standing example of this. Why would you want to associate yourself with this? Are you a polo player? Is Ralph paying you to wear this? Do you think it makes you classy and preppy? Have some more self-respect. You’re better than this. Superdry is a recent case in point. It’s a huge logo on their average jackets and t-shirts. What’s going through the heads of people …[Read More]
Dating is a minefield if we don’t know what we’re doing. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ve probably been lucky up till now. It’s only a matter of time before you blow up when you don’t want to. We all want to be better at dating. Some men are naturals, some men are clueless and the rest are somewhere in between. If we really break it down, to be successful at dating, we have to be as attractive as we can be. Let’s reiterate and internalise that. We have to be as attractive as we can be. When it’s spelled out like that, it sounds obvious doesn’t it? But how many of us can say that we went to our last date as attractive as we could be? One essential component being as attractive as possible is how we look and how we dress.The object, then, of dressing for …[Read More]
The first time that I experienced serious failure was when I was rejected by the Army to become an Army Officer. Straight after University, I went to Selection which was a two day assessment. I was confident that I would get through to the next stage: a four day assessment. Looking back I was confident because I’d come from a top university and graduated with a strong degree. I thought that this would be enough to get me through. Arrogant? Possibly. Naive? Definitely. I remember being in the Major’s office when he said that I had failed. Worse, I wasn’t being given the opportunity to return for a second chance. I didn’t hear a lot of what he said after that. My head was swimming. I couldn’t concentrate. I’d wanted this for a year. I thought I was going to walk in. I had the door closed in my face. The …[Read More]