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Yesterday as I got the newest addition, a pair of Buttero tanino sneakers into my collection, I once again started to think the question “what’s enough” in terms of a “shoe rotation”…That pair mentioned took the overall amount to be around 45 pairs - give or take one or two as some pairs are missing from the pictures which I shot last night - so in general I could probably say that I have my basics covered.

For a while now I haven’t actually purchased any “real shoes” (referring to dress or otherwise goodyear-welted) as I’ve been concentrating to more summery and casual acquisitions such as superga sneakears, rivieras slip-ons and Nike flyknits. The next pair will probably be a pair of suede mto-pennyloafers by Meermin which I’m actually been longing for a quite some time now as my recent pair is soon in the need for some re-crafting at least. I’m also running out of space in my apartment so in the future bringing in a new pair will probably mean that some pair needs to go.

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"7 pairs is all you need"

Someone asked me a while a go if I had ever made any listings about essentials and if not, could I do some. Well let this be my list of “7 essential pairs of shoes”.

I think one could definitely get along with five pairs but I decided to make it seven. And this listing is made with a reference to my own current situation and partly influenced by work.

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1) Dark brown cap-toe balmoral oxfords (Crockett&Jones for Paul Smith)

- C&J handgrade made for Paul Smith on their 337 last. Maybe my favorite pair in terms of aesthetics of all my collection.

2) Black cap-toe oxfords (Alfred Sargent)

- Every man needs to have a pair (or two) of black oxfords.

3) Calf leather double monks (Cheaney) 

- I could have picked the suede ones as well but lately I’ve wearing these a lot so they made the cut. One of my oldest pairs actually.

4) Dark brown suede chukka boot (Loake)

- I’m really not a fan of Loake shoes (usually I dislike their lasts and designs) but the Pimlico is one of the best looking (and priced) models in the market in this category

5) Suede penny loafers (Crockett&Jones)

- These C&J for Polo Ralph Lauren loafers actually had tassels in the first place but I had to move them as I lost the other tassel. Looking to replace this pair in the near future. However penny loafers made of suede is probably one of the most versatile summer shoes I know.

6) Longwing brogues (Alfred Sargent)

- Never really been a man for bluchers but these longwings are great for casul combinations and to be worn with denim or even shorts in the summer for example.

7) White Superga sneakers

- This list definitely needs a pair of classic sneakers and for me it means the white supergas. 

(Source: dresslikea.com)

A couple of months back I had a chat with Julian Nelson, the co-founder of  A Fine Pair of Shoes who runs the shop with his wife Sarah. I had a little experience of their business, I had read about their shop and I had talked with people who knew them and I’d got the picture that they are offering nothing less than some high quality products with extremely fine and well customer service.

After chats and changing emails I’m happy to have AFPOS as the first official “supporter” of DressLikeA. To start this joint journey I will share with you some thoughts by Julian about the business, shoes and above all how to take care of them.

1) Tell a bit of your history, how did you end up  founding A Fine Pair of Shoes?

J: I had a history in Commercial Finance and Sarah was in HR and we started with a love and admiration of fine footwear. We wanted our own business and 8 years ago, while working in other professions, started buying and selling fine footwear all made in England. This progressively grew and allowed us to concentrate more on driving the business in the right direction. We wanted to continue to focus on the high end English shoe manufacturers and developed A Fine Pair Of Shoes to do this. With our experience built up over several years we have progressed and built the business into something both myself and Sarah are very proud of. A small company with big ideas.

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2) At the moment AFPOS carries Alfred Sargent and Sanders, why these?

J: We wanted to concentrate on niche manufacturers that offer something quite special in the world of English shoe making. These two companies offer these attributes and we are very proud to be official stockists of these brands. Their depth of knowledge and craftsmanship is quite simply stunning, and this bedrock of manufacturing excellence goes into every pair of shoes and boots Alfred Sargent and Sanders make. 

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Purchase of the week part I - Alfred Sargent “Stepney” longwings (from A Fine Pair of Shoes)
Even though I’ve seen many nice looking pairs of longwings, I’ve “always” considered them to be ”not my style”. Lately however I’ve warmed up to the idea and as the chance to get this pair of AS Stepneys to my collection came up, it was too good to pass. 
I believe these are a great addition to my casual rotation (the dainite sole making them to be suitable for Finnish winter as well) and will pair perfectly for example with some denim, rough roll-necks and a field or a leather jacket.

Purchase of the week part I - Alfred Sargent “Stepney” longwings (from A Fine Pair of Shoes)

Even though I’ve seen many nice looking pairs of longwings, I’ve “always” considered them to be ”not my style”. Lately however I’ve warmed up to the idea and as the chance to get this pair of AS Stepneys to my collection came up, it was too good to pass. 

I believe these are a great addition to my casual rotation (the dainite sole making them to be suitable for Finnish winter as well) and will pair perfectly for example with some denim, rough roll-necks and a field or a leather jacket.