Shoes and friends!


I thought that I would add a page about 'bits n bobs', like shoes, trousers,shaving etc.. This is not exhaustive but just some of my own thoughts about these enjoy

Often neglected but shoes are important for the Gentleman. I do own a pair of trainers for when I go to the Gym. Once in summer I wore a pair of trainers but to be honest I found them very uncomfortable, with little support and excessively hot - I know those of you that love trainers will point out that 'proper' trainers will give support etc.. but my everyday shoe has to be the polished Brogue. Personally I have an aversion to black shoes, the reason being after serving in the RN and wearing black shoes everyday I just don't like wearing them! So I opt for various other colours. Some are two tone brown or cream. In the picture you see them with a pair of denims, this look works well with shirt and of course bowtie combining the casual with the formal thus creating a wonderful confusion! 



Trousers and supporting cast

It is a well known saying that a Gentleman's trousers should hang from the shoulders and not the waist. I like to use the well tried method of button braces (or suspenders as the American side of my family called them). When you get used to them they are so much more comfortable that a belt and one great benefit is that you can wear trousers slightly too large and they hang perfectly and you don't get that 'tight' feeling and need to 'loosen the top button' after a good repast. It is also excellent for those Gentlemen who are well proportioned and avoids the 'belly overhang'!

When it comes to trousers, it is expensive and actually difficult to buy trousers that have buttons for braces. I sow my own on and often use contrasting buttons to add that 'wonderful confusion'. A word of warning if you go in this direction - be careful when buying trousers as most trousers you buy today are the hipster type and when you suspend them with braces they tend to, how can I say, well they tend to be a bit tight around the tickle tackle not only that they look a bit silly. So try to buy 'high rise' trousers, the old fashioned type.  If you really want the look then 'Fishtails' are what you want. They. as their name name suggests, have a fishtail at the back where the buttons are  - sadly they are very expensive and you have to look on-line and you will be surprised where you find them ranging from Historic re-enactment sites to Retro clothing shops and Steampunk emporiums. Of course if possible button flies are preferable and you don't have to keep checking yourself when entering a room full of people!

Re trousers ...Have a look at this site and you see what I am talking about

A word of warning - please don't wear a belt with braces that's like wearing socks with sandals!

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12.12 | 09:27

Is that you ‘Scratch’? - I think we starred in it it - no idea what happened to the Yorkshire TV film. Probably banned nowadays due to the title!!
John (Joe)

12.12 | 02:36

any one know about the film Show Me Your Cod end

31.07 | 21:38

Hi John

Thanks for the mention...really pleased you like my ties. I have also designed a range of boutonniere's and waistcoats to compliment my ties.

24.12 | 12:44

Hi Neil
Can you please send me your e-mail so I can send you a PDF

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