StyleForum member Gerry Nelson’s study in shell.
Shell Cordovan for Foul Weather Boots
Pictured above is a beautiful pair of cognac shell cordovan boots, custom made by Carmina for Ethan Desu. As Ethan notes, these are his go-to wet weather boots, and they’ve taken quite a beating in their time.
Shell cordovan is also my material of choice for rainy day footwear. Some men worry that harsh elements will ruin their “precious” shell cordovans, but it’s important to remember that one of the material’s main advantages is its toughness. You can walk through hail, rain, sleet, or snow in these things and your feet will stay bone dry. Yes, this may cause the leather to rise a bit in some places, but you can smoothen it out by rubbing it with a deer bone (or simply the curved side of a metal spoon), and giving it a vigorous brushing. If you wish, you can also help protect the leather by applying a bit of wax polish once or twice a year (any more and shell cordovan won’t shine up well).
Just take a look at the gleaming pair of shoes above. Although Ethan uses these as his rain boots, and has put in a lot of wear, he’s taken a stiff brush and a little bit of water, and made them look better than most people’s pampered dress shoes.
Don’t be afraid to use your things.
Shell Fever: Crockett & Jones for Ralph Lauren
A range of shells.
Things You Should Never Say To Your Tailor
IvoryTowerStyle lists twenty things you should never say to your bespoke tailor. A selection:
- It’s ok, I’m going to lose 10 pounds.
- This looks great. I can’t wait to have a cheaper tailor copy it.
- Don’t worry, it’s ok, I read Fred Astaire did this to all his new suits.
- I’ll post some pics on the Internet and let you know what needs to be changed.
- Could you measure my inseam a few more times?
- I’d like no padding in the shoulders, only in the trousers.
- Which way do I dress? Up.
- Do you accept blog posts as payment?
- According to this guy on the Internet, here’s how it should be done…
Read the full post here.
The Year in Squares
Today marks this blog’s 1-year anniversary. I’ve learned a lot, e-met a lot of great people, and had a great time taking poor quality photos of myself for worldwide internet distribution. Thanks to all my followers, and to all the great blogs that I follow for providing such inspiring content.
(h/t to AnAcuteStyle on the photo)
Congratulations! Cheers to many more years to come!