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]