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Started the week in the office with something between formal and casual, wearing my new made-to-measure suit from Sauma. Very satisfied with the result - a two-piece suit made of middle grey (semi) lightweight wool fabric with light blue and brown overcheck. Jacket of the suit is a single-breasted, features 2 patch pockets, 3-roll-2 buttoning and a little roped shoulders. More detailed review (and video) regarding the suit coming up.

Wanted to keep the ensemble quite light colored, so picked a white merino wool turtle neck and pocket square (The unicorn square by Drake’s is still my favorite one) & shoes in shades of brown. Based on pictures it seems that my shoes could also use some welt edge dressing for re-coloring.

Suit: Sauma private label (mtm) Sweater: Sand PS: Drake’s London

Shoes: Alfred Sargent Bracelets: Viola Milano & DCI Sweden

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One weekend again behind and new week ahead. Started the flannel season on Friday (as can be seen here) and continuing it today by wearing my favorite Mabro blazer (made of Vitale Barberis flannel) for the first time this fall. 

Otherwise going with pretty toned down shades - light denim shirt together with burgundy grenadine tie from Viola Milano and darker grey flannel trousers to keep the balance on the bottom half.

The adelaide oxfords by Alfred Sargent are also one of my favorite pairs for business use - beginning to get some nice patina already.

Blazer: Mabro Shirt: Schoffa (mtm) Trousers: Filippa K

Tie: Viola Milano PS: Berg&Berg Shoes: Alfred Sargent

Inspired by black shoes part I - Alfred Sargent Ramsey double-monks
Excluding 2 pairs of oxfords (and a pair of velvet slippers) my shoe collection has been lacking black color for a long time. Most of my shoes come in different shades of brown as in terms of usability I feel brown is in general much more versatile and easier to combine than black.
However, recently I thought I could add the amount of black in my rotation and decided to get these Alfred Sargent Ramsey double monks in black via A Fine Pair Of Shoes.
In general I think Ramsey is one of the most successful double monks when it comes to the aesthetics, last and overall looks. Therefore I’m still a bit sad I had to let go of these MTO-Ramseys as they in the end came in one size too large.
Black color and calf leather can make a shoe to be very formal and that’s the combination one should obtain when choosing a first pair of oxford dress shoes. However when combined with the casual look of a double-monk the result in this case is a versatile option that can be combined not just with a suit for the office-wear but as well for example with jeans and a lightweight unstructured blazer for a more relaxed after work-occasions. 
Details:
Alfred Sargent Ramsey
Last 99
Black calf leather
Single leather soles
Inspired by black shoes part I - Alfred Sargent Ramsey double-monks
Excluding 2 pairs of oxfords (and a pair of velvet slippers) my shoe collection has been lacking black color for a long time. Most of my shoes come in different shades of brown as in terms of usability I feel brown is in general much more versatile and easier to combine than black.
However, recently I thought I could add the amount of black in my rotation and decided to get these Alfred Sargent Ramsey double monks in black via A Fine Pair Of Shoes.
In general I think Ramsey is one of the most successful double monks when it comes to the aesthetics, last and overall looks. Therefore I’m still a bit sad I had to let go of these MTO-Ramseys as they in the end came in one size too large.
Black color and calf leather can make a shoe to be very formal and that’s the combination one should obtain when choosing a first pair of oxford dress shoes. However when combined with the casual look of a double-monk the result in this case is a versatile option that can be combined not just with a suit for the office-wear but as well for example with jeans and a lightweight unstructured blazer for a more relaxed after work-occasions. 
Details:
Alfred Sargent Ramsey
Last 99
Black calf leather
Single leather soles
Inspired by black shoes part I - Alfred Sargent Ramsey double-monks
Excluding 2 pairs of oxfords (and a pair of velvet slippers) my shoe collection has been lacking black color for a long time. Most of my shoes come in different shades of brown as in terms of usability I feel brown is in general much more versatile and easier to combine than black.
However, recently I thought I could add the amount of black in my rotation and decided to get these Alfred Sargent Ramsey double monks in black via A Fine Pair Of Shoes.
In general I think Ramsey is one of the most successful double monks when it comes to the aesthetics, last and overall looks. Therefore I’m still a bit sad I had to let go of these MTO-Ramseys as they in the end came in one size too large.
Black color and calf leather can make a shoe to be very formal and that’s the combination one should obtain when choosing a first pair of oxford dress shoes. However when combined with the casual look of a double-monk the result in this case is a versatile option that can be combined not just with a suit for the office-wear but as well for example with jeans and a lightweight unstructured blazer for a more relaxed after work-occasions. 
Details:
Alfred Sargent Ramsey
Last 99
Black calf leather
Single leather soles
Inspired by black shoes part I - Alfred Sargent Ramsey double-monks
Excluding 2 pairs of oxfords (and a pair of velvet slippers) my shoe collection has been lacking black color for a long time. Most of my shoes come in different shades of brown as in terms of usability I feel brown is in general much more versatile and easier to combine than black.
However, recently I thought I could add the amount of black in my rotation and decided to get these Alfred Sargent Ramsey double monks in black via A Fine Pair Of Shoes.
In general I think Ramsey is one of the most successful double monks when it comes to the aesthetics, last and overall looks. Therefore I’m still a bit sad I had to let go of these MTO-Ramseys as they in the end came in one size too large.
Black color and calf leather can make a shoe to be very formal and that’s the combination one should obtain when choosing a first pair of oxford dress shoes. However when combined with the casual look of a double-monk the result in this case is a versatile option that can be combined not just with a suit for the office-wear but as well for example with jeans and a lightweight unstructured blazer for a more relaxed after work-occasions. 
Details:
Alfred Sargent Ramsey
Last 99
Black calf leather
Single leather soles
Inspired by black shoes part I - Alfred Sargent Ramsey double-monks
Excluding 2 pairs of oxfords (and a pair of velvet slippers) my shoe collection has been lacking black color for a long time. Most of my shoes come in different shades of brown as in terms of usability I feel brown is in general much more versatile and easier to combine than black.
However, recently I thought I could add the amount of black in my rotation and decided to get these Alfred Sargent Ramsey double monks in black via A Fine Pair Of Shoes.
In general I think Ramsey is one of the most successful double monks when it comes to the aesthetics, last and overall looks. Therefore I’m still a bit sad I had to let go of these MTO-Ramseys as they in the end came in one size too large.
Black color and calf leather can make a shoe to be very formal and that’s the combination one should obtain when choosing a first pair of oxford dress shoes. However when combined with the casual look of a double-monk the result in this case is a versatile option that can be combined not just with a suit for the office-wear but as well for example with jeans and a lightweight unstructured blazer for a more relaxed after work-occasions. 
Details:
Alfred Sargent Ramsey
Last 99
Black calf leather
Single leather soles

Inspired by black shoes part I - Alfred Sargent Ramsey double-monks

Excluding 2 pairs of oxfords (and a pair of velvet slippers) my shoe collection has been lacking black color for a long time. Most of my shoes come in different shades of brown as in terms of usability I feel brown is in general much more versatile and easier to combine than black.

However, recently I thought I could add the amount of black in my rotation and decided to get these Alfred Sargent Ramsey double monks in black via A Fine Pair Of Shoes.

In general I think Ramsey is one of the most successful double monks when it comes to the aesthetics, last and overall looks. Therefore I’m still a bit sad I had to let go of these MTO-Ramseys as they in the end came in one size too large.

Black color and calf leather can make a shoe to be very formal and that’s the combination one should obtain when choosing a first pair of oxford dress shoes. However when combined with the casual look of a double-monk the result in this case is a versatile option that can be combined not just with a suit for the office-wear but as well for example with jeans and a lightweight unstructured blazer for a more relaxed after work-occasions. 

Details:

  • Alfred Sargent Ramsey
  • Last 99
  • Black calf leather
  • Single leather soles
Weekly inspiration - spring blazer and hints of orange
Fairly often I use to go back to my basic favorites and for warm spring & summer season white cotton slacks are definitely one of them. Combined with a blue (this time made of a little “washed”-look cotton-linen blend fabric) blazer the look is versatile and easy “go-to”-look wherever you’re heading. In case it get’s too warm - just throw the unstructured blazer to your bag, roll up the sleeves of your shirt and you’re good to go.
Blue suede is way too often underrated, so the loafers by Alfred Sargent are a good choice if you’re looking something a bit more “individual”.
Blazer: SuitSupply Shirt: Eton Trousers: Canali PS: Drake’s London
Shoes: Alfred Sargent Bag: Mismo Watch: Omega

Weekly inspiration - spring blazer and hints of orange

Fairly often I use to go back to my basic favorites and for warm spring & summer season white cotton slacks are definitely one of them. Combined with a blue (this time made of a little “washed”-look cotton-linen blend fabric) blazer the look is versatile and easy “go-to”-look wherever you’re heading. In case it get’s too warm - just throw the unstructured blazer to your bag, roll up the sleeves of your shirt and you’re good to go.

Blue suede is way too often underrated, so the loafers by Alfred Sargent are a good choice if you’re looking something a bit more “individual”.

Blazer: SuitSupply Shirt: Eton Trousers: Canali PS: Drake’s London

Shoes: Alfred Sargent Bag: Mismo Watch: Omega

(Source: dresslikea.com)

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imageI don’t usually wear that much of black (except shoes and in occasions when in need for a formal suit / tuxedo), basically because of the dominance and intransigence of black which makes it sometimes hard to combine black pieces with other colors.

However have recently been getting a fair share of #blackswag-propaganda so decided to use my old Uniqlo cashmere-merino wool cardigan as a layer when heading out for drinks last night.

Sport coat: L.B.M 1911 Cashmere cardigan: Uniqlo Shirt: Kamakura 

Trousers: Berwich Shoes: Alfred Sargent (MTO)

Knit tie: Boggi PS: P.Johnson Tailors

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Last couple of weekends I’ve spent organizing my wardrobe by storing most of my summer shoes & garments and making room for the seasonal gear. On last weekend - as the fall seems to be turning winter - I at the same time decided to take my leather boots rotation and give them some little care treatment & polishing - as it happens to be the season when these pairs gets most of their use in action.

In general these five pairs includes a shoe for pretty much every occasion (most formal ones excluded). The brown balmoral boots by Grenson for work and business, chukka and jodhbur boots for a bit more casual office days, the bexley enfield derby boots for strictly casual weekend days and finally those AS calf leather x suede balmorals for occasions that goes beyond the scope mentioned above.

All of the boots seen here are brown so if there’s something that’s missing, it would probably be a pair of black dress boot with rubber sole.  In addition I do have two pairs suede chukka boots (one in dark brown and one in sand color) which I feel nicely complement the selection seen here. 

imageAlfred Sargent Radwell hatch grain chukka boot

This one is the most recent pair in my rotation which I got last spring. As being made of hatch grain calf leather which is Horween’s version of the famous Russian Reindeer Calf and on the sleek and chiseled AS 724 last I personally consider this to be one of the most versatile pairs of boots, suitable for not just for casual but also for a bit more business oriented use, for example to be paired with grey flannel wool trousers, button-up, knitted tie and a sport coat.

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Grenson masterpiece balmoral boot

In my opinion balmoral boots are a very useful choice for fall and winter to replace your basic oxford pairs whenever needed. On one hand, while standing up they pretty much give the look like any other pair of oxford dress shoes and only when you’re sitting down (or if you pull up your cuffs) other people will realize them to be boots. On the other hand, they will give your ankles protection against wind and slush while walking on the streets.

The pair pictured is made by Grenson for Italian Mauro Volponi in brown calf leather on their masterpiece standards. 

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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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