STYLE MANUAL
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A shoe, like a fine blazer, combines mechanical precision with human artistry and much like a blazer is made up of several components that give it its shape and structure. Before we delve into the various types/styles of footwear we felt it appropriate to give you a quick crash course on the basic anatomy of a shoe. Most men’s dress shoes are made up of these basic 12 elements, it’s the placement or construction of these pieces that give various dress shoes their unique style.

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Counter: The half-moon-shaped piece of leather reinforcing the heel.

Lining: Part of the upper, the lining of a shoe is the inside material that touches the sides of the foot, the top of the foot, and/or the back of the heel. The main purpose of a lining is to cover the inside seams of a shoe, but linings made of special materials also tout comfort features such as additional padding, or the ability to pull moisture away from the foot.

Tongue: A strip of leather running just under tehe laces of the show all the way to the opening or throat.

Eyelet: An eyelet provides a smooth, rigid surface for laces to be fed through, and stops the fabric from fraying where the hole was made.

Upper: The term “upper” refers to the part or parts of a shoe that cover the toes, the top of the foot, the sides of the foot, and the back of the heel — it is attached to the outsole of a shoe. Depending on the style of the shoe, the upper of a shoe can be cut from a single piece, or can be comprised of many pieces stitched together. Parts of a shoe’s upper can include the vamp, the back, the tongue, the quarter, and the lining.

Vamp: The front part of the shoe that includes the toe box and the apron.

Toe Box: The front portion of the shoe that covers the toes. It should have support protecting the toes and should be approximately a half-inch longer than the length of the longest toe.

Outsole: The outsole is the bottom part of the shoe. Also referred to as the “sole” of the shoe, this is the part that comes in direct contact with the ground. The outsole of the shoe is often the part that will wear out first, but some shoes can be resoled by a shoe repair shop.

Insole: The insole is the inside part of the shoe that runs underneath the sole (bottom) of the foot. Insoles can usually be easily removed, and wearers will sometimes replace the manufacture’s insole with specialty insoles they’ve purchased separately. Insoles are also sometimes referred to as footbeds, inner soles or innersoles.

Quarter: The continuous side and rear panel that forms the side of the shoe, extending from the vamp in front to the hell in the back.

Collar: The counter of a shoe sits behind the heel of the foot, and is used to stiffen the back part of the shoe, and to give it structure.

Heel: The rear, padded area on the bottom of the foot, as well as the piece at the rear of the show that supports the heel cup. The heel should not slip off the wearer’s foot.

 

ITEM OF THE WEEK
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To all you shoe aficionados, Sully Wong is back with a brand new sneaker for your collection. Inspired by 1830’s Scottish Master Weaver H.  Tweed best known for the creation of the handwoven Scottish Wool fabric Tweed.  The leather / Tweed fabric combination Hi-Tops highlight the subtleties and design lines of the time, and are reflective of the immense care and attention to detail that Sully Wong is known for. Easy to wear, these kicks can be styled down with a great pair of nudie’s or dressed up with a slim modern cut suit like the ones from Tiger of Sweden.

STYLE TIPS
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“If there is one consistent expression of a man’s sartorial acumen, it’s the way in which he pairs his shirt with his tie.” – Esquire

Colours, prints and patterns can be confusing on a regular day, so when it comes down to mixing them together, you can only imagine the sheer chaos. Learning to successfully match your shirts and ties is an undeniable art, fortunately, it’s one you can easily learn. Getting creative with your shirt and tie combinations is a great way to showcase your personal style and to separate yourself from your peers- especially if you work in an industry that requires you to wear one 5-days a week.

To get you started here are 5 tips and tricks you can employ to help you navigate this realm:

  1. Your tie (typically) should always be darker than your shirt
  2. Match a detail in the tie with the dominant colour of the shirt
  3. Always pair larger patterns with smaller ones. Avoid mixing patterns that have identical proportions
  4. Vary pattern type. Avoid having the same pattern appear in both your shirt and your tie
  5. When outfitting with a suit or blazer- ensure that 2 of the 3 items have the same colour scheme
SHIRT-AND-TIE-STRIPES

Tiger of Sweden Steel Stripe Shirt (Blue & Brown): $159 Stenstroms Fine Stripe Dress Shirt: $249 Seaward & Stern Printed Ties: $150/each

SHIRT-AND-TIE-CASUALS

Johnny Love Cross Check Flannel Shirt: $199 Benson Pattern Shirt: $125 Ted Baker Flannel Shirt: $195 Amanda Christensen Tie: $95/each

SHIRT-AND-TIE-PRINTS

Oscar Of Sweden Floral Print Shirt: $189 Strellson Quentin-C Houndstooth Dress Shirt: $178 Ted Baker Small Floral Print Shirt: $195 Amanda Christensen Tie: $95/each

SHIRT-AND-TIE-SOLIDS

Mastai Ferretti Paolo Verri End-On-End Dress Shirt: $135 Horst Dress Shirt

SHIRT-AND-TIE-CHECKS

Gotstyle Private Label Plaid Check Shirt: $165 Amanda Christensen Tie: 95 Gotstyle Top Twill Grid Check Dress Shirt: $165 Seaward & Stern Tie: $150 Stenstroms Mini Check Dress Shirt: $249

PRESS
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Recognizing that men are often seen as a mere accessory to the bride, Wedding Star, a leading online publication specializing in wedding planning decided it was high time they turned their attention on the groom, aka the man of the hour. To ensure that grooms far and wide look nothing but stylish and sharp while in the spotlight with their brides, they reached out to our wedding stylist Mallory Hood to get the scoop on looking your best on the big day. Having dressed a few…hundred grooms over the years we’d say our experience suited us well in coming up with these 9-Tips every man should know when picking his wedding suit. Click here to the the full story.

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ITEM OF THE WEEK
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Subtle as David and just as intimidating as Goliath, the KYOJIN, Japanese for “giant” is the true work horse. Sully Wong’s tactile KYOJIN backpack brings unexpected sophistication to a piece that is classically considered outward bound. The minimal design and tonal accents are super sleek. The very straight edges add geometric polish- a triumph of cool practicality. Whether your carrying light or in a tight jam, the KYOJIN handles it with stride.

Product details:

  • Micro woven nylon + faux leather construction.
  • Roll up top side access point. – Cross chest harness adjust.
  • Reinforced bottom w/ faux leather.
  • Main compartment equipped with padded laptop sleeve and pocket w/ zip closure.
  • Side panel nylon gear straps w/ removable fastener.
  • Lower front zip pocket.
  • Padded adjustable straps.
  • Padded contact surface back.
NEW ARRIVAL
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There’s something to be said about a clean pair of shoes.  They take you back to when you first bought them, that distinct sentiment of when they shone on your feet…all fresh and clean.  They are an essential part of any man’s ensemble and some go as far as to declare that the state of one’s shoes, is a reflection of one’s personality.  Now sure, shoes are meant to be worn, but that doesn’t mean they have to look, well-worn!  If you’re an avid collector you probably know about Jason Markk, if not get to know it because there is truly nothing like it on the market. Don’t just give up on your dirty Jordans (or those Lanvin tennis sneakers), breath new life into your old favourites with a touch of JM.

DIRECTIONS
  1. Dip brush into bowl of water
  2. Apply liberal amount of solution to brush
  3. Dip brush back into bowl of water
  4. Scrub shoes creating foaming action
  5. Wipe clean with cloth or towel, repeat steps 1-5 as needed
  6. Air dry

 

Jason Markk Quick Wipes are the perfect way to keep your kicks looking fresh while you’re on the go! Conveniently sized and individually packaged- keep them in your bag, backpack, car or even your pocket- you never know when you might need one! Quick, easy and effective.