There is always this very strange behavior of men and footwear. Those who invest at least 500USD on a pair of shoes tend to either wear them forever or sell them off after 6 months. I find this common especially among my circle of friends. I was just having a chat with the baron last week and we already have some sort of a plan to buy more shoes. It just blows my mind when you only have a pair of feet, and so little money!
I think Instagram has a very big role in making us spend more money on shoes. Today, I see Maftei, G&G, Meermin and a whole heap of shoe makers having their own official account, which makes purchasing great quality shoes one step simpler.
I like the approach. Visiting pediwear.co.uk or even Edwards of Manchester isn’t that convenient and customer service can be ridiculously awful sometimes.
Before I usually sell my shoes or the Cloth Baron’s, we usually give them a quick shine so that the buyer gets them at optimal and ready to wear condition. I usually take this opportunity to document them in pictures.
The most recent shoe that is up for sale is the Vass Italian Ankle Boots in the U-Last. This shoe is going up for sale, used at RM1000 which is a damn good deal. The retail of this shoe could go up to 500USD, and this shoe in particular is very well taken care of. The soles have heaps of life and it comes with a pair of Vass branded shoetrees. Drop me a PM if you are interested, or just shoot me a comment.
There is also the upkeep phase of shoes, or some might just call it plain maintenance. The thing about these sort of shoes, is the climate in Malaysia tends to tax the leather a lot, making the leather lose its suppleness throughout usage. That is where great leather care products come into the picture. I am a big fan of Saphir shoe care products. They come all the way from France, but unfortunately a few dealers who carry them in Malaysia puts an awfully high price tag on them.
The key products for shoe care in my opinion would always be the renovateur, renomat (if you have too much layers of wax, strip them with the renomat, but use it sparingly) and a tin of polish. I am not quite a fan of creams, so this isn’t really mandatory. The renovateur does a great job in restoring suppleness, no complains.
I have been having this Crockett & Jones Weymouth Handgrades for the past few years. Handgrades are usually described as the higher –end version of C&J shoes. New Handgrades could reach up to RM2000 per pair. The Weymouth has developed an exceptional patina, which adds to the richness of the leather and its overall aesthetics.
Also tried on the Baron’s unlined Alden suede shoes but unfortunately it was at least one size bigger, so that is a bummer.
I have this intention or desire to commission a bespoke, unstructured linen suit, but where do I wear them. They have to be a little bit heavier, and I like them very scratchy….