3 great ways to keep your feet sweet

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Summer – What did it mean for all of us?
Basically our feet were free, in “the open air”…
We all need a break. We all need to breathe. This can be very liberating. It’s good sometimes to fully enjoy a non-active lifestyle and be lazy. And it starts by forgetting everything you read and hear about elegance and rules for a while. Even my articles. Especially my articles!
But the holidays are now over with. Time to get back to reality.
So first, let’s talk about your feet. It’s sad that most men do not take care of their feet at all.
I want to help you change this with 3 great tips.
Firstly you need some sodium bicarbonate – immerse your feet in tepid water (1L) to which you added a small cup of bicarb. Sit and relax for 15 minutes. This is good for everything even the bad smells!
Secondly think about Lavender oil – you just need 2 drops and add it to olive oil. Rub your feet with this perfect blend which I think is ideal against infections and makes your skin feel great. Make sure you always dry your feet perfectly.
Thirdly you must cut your nails. Podiatrist usually say that a pair of small nail pliers is always better than nail clippers. You could save yourself being in pain because of ingrowing nails if you take the time to care for your feet.
These are my favourite tips but you can find many more. My main point is that you must think more often about your feet. You spend half of your day on them so you should treat them like they deserve.
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Herring at Pitti

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Herring at Pitti and the power of classic and elegant accessories.

A Gentleman should always think about having at least one nice bag. This is not only a “woman’s affair”.

Something useful, practical, functional but also aesthetically pleasing. A simple and understated briefcase for example.
Forget about these backpacks/rucksacks we see too often in town with all these guys looking like turtles or snails. You need to think about bags the way women do.

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They try to match them with their shoes, with their coats… Basically it’s an important and integral part of their whole outfit.
It’s even easier for us men. I would never dare to wear a flashy red or pink weekend bag for example, I would stay classic. Try to follow the basic rules I have already talked about when you wear your shoes for accessories. No black belt with brown shoes, so no black bag with brown shoes etc.

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Herring Aldgate bag

When I’m at Pitti, I have to run everywhere and I have a lot of meetings. So my bags are vital. I cannot even imagine how to carry everything I put inside my briefcase if I had no bag. I need my briefcase!

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Herring Aldgate

My iPad, my papers, a bottle of water and my Coke and so many other things I need.
Moreover everything is protected and everything is in its proper place.

Simple, elegant, ergonomic.
What more could you want?

( Photographers : Marie paola_bh, Streetstylevgenio,  Des gens en photo.
Photos featured in : Esquirre, Vogue, Dandy magazine, W Magazine)

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Lead a more colourful life

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I’ve always been very surprised that men can wear sneakers with lots of colours but only black or brown shoes.

They think that dressing up means that they have to be sober/simple. And they are right,  we shouldn’t wear a nice suit and ruin the look with bad shoes. Especially in a business environment where understatement (meaning simple clothes and the barest of accessories) is vital. It means that shoes and socks must be as discreet as possible. Even the most audacious Gentlemen only dare a little patina. A light dark/navy blue luminous shine on their black Oxfords or Monks for example.

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But we also know that nowadays most men do not wear suits. But they still wear “boring” shoes and most of the time hideous socks. For a long time, there just wasn’t a good choice of different colours and far fewer designs.

It’s different now. It is possible.

What about matching a nice denim with blue loafers? What about tweed boots with a classic corduroy? What about wearing green derby with a smart green blazer? What about a strong orange or tobacco suede for your saddle shoe or chukka boot?

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Don’t get me wrong, we mustn’t look like clowns., but we should be more playful with colour on our feet and ankles. After all we do it with our polos, with our sneakers, with our watches and our cars, so we should do the same with our shoes.

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It’s Summer, think about it.

Sartorially yours,

Guillaume Bo ( MenNeedMoreStyle )

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Spring into style

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Winter is over!
With the sudden arrival of spring,  the temperature is rising – sometimes. It should rain less -sometimes. So, this is a very complicated season for which to dress appropriately. Because it’s spring, your wardrobe is pulling itself in all directions: a blazer for your cold shoulders, Bermuda shorts for your Vitamin D deficient legs, scarves for the chilly morning and evenings or light fabrics because we all need and want to say to ourselves: “It’s Summer soon!” So what you need are good shoes to help you to feel good; to be your best.
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Herring Barcelona in Navy suede

 Gentlemen, think about loafers for example. Tassel loafers, penny loafers, Belgian loafers…
they are multipurpose and one of man’s best friends. With or without socks if it’s not too cold, with chinos or a blazer, in brown or black if you feel like wearing them like Italians do with their blue suits. You can wear them almost any time, except on a very formal dressy occasion. You will feel light and that is what Spring is all about.
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Herring James in Espresso calf

Think about buckled monk shoes too.
If it’s too hot and and your workday is too long so your feet swell, you can unfasten the buckle to let your feet relax. Just remember that single monk strap shoes are more dressy than double monks.
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Herring Jasper in Chestnut calf and sandal suede

And now, please, go outside. It’s Spring!

Sartorially yours,

Guillaume Bo ( MenNeedMoreStyle )

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Women and mens’ shoes by Guillaume Bo of MNMS

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You all know that women love shoes – and bags!
Did you also know that more than 50% of them look at your shoes, gentlemen, when they meet you for the very first time?
It must mean something!
First, a lot of girls and women would love to be able to wear your shoes. Yes, they would love to find more double monks, tweed loafers or suede two-tones. They ask me so many times where I get my shoes! They say “I wish they made those in small sizes, I can’t find shoes like that for me!”.
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Secondly, women often buy clothes and shoes for their men. More than 60% of men are dressed by their girlfriends, wives, partners. So it means you, you…and not me.

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Shoes speak louder than words, especially for women, because they understand what a lot of men don’t.  That by choosing the right style for you, in the right colour and by protecting them and taking care of them you show and prove that you are a true gentleman. Your shoes reveal a lot about your inner-self to a lady without realising.
So, please, think about your shoes too!
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Sartorially yours,

Guillaume Bo ( MenNeedMoreStyle )

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How casual is ‘casual’ ? by Guillaume Bo of MNMS

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Nowadays casual means everything and…nothing. Originally, gentlemen had to wear suits in town. Casual meant country. Casual meant colours. Casual meant more “room for manoeuvre”

Thanks to our first article dedicated to dress or formal shoes, you know what you should wear with your suits. But nowadays far fewer people wear suits regularly and so things have changed a lot. The “old rules” are no longer available for a lot of men. “No brown in town” for example is completely out of date. These days you have choice and sometimes that is not easy!

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Herring Shackleton

This is why also we must tell the difference between casual and…casual.

Do you still wear a jacket or a blazer? Do you walk a lot? Do you drive a lot? Do you want to have a nice pair for the week end only? Or do you only wear denim?

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Herring Exford and Gidleigh bag

Basically, you should consider that if you do wear classic attire, like a blazer with nice trousers, or even nice blue denim trousers with a jacket, you are more “formal” than casual. In this case feel free to wear nice Oxfords for example, but not black ones. In fact you can almost wear whatever you want as long as it is not black. (This applies to your clothes too – no black!). Think about blue or brown loafers, tan double monks, nice derbies. Be bold and try and coordinate with what you are wearing.

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Herring Fiennes

It is the same thing for your socks. Casual means fewer constraints and less rigidity.

Casual also means “practical”. Rubber soles can be very helpful for those who walk a lot or those who need to worry about the rain and the slippery sidewalks for example.

If you are lucky enough not to have a dress code at work, feel free to wear whatever you want. Same thing for your days off and weekends.

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Herring Shackleton

But never forget that a nice pair of shoes makes always the difference. Play with textures, fabrics and colours but don’t go to far.

Just forget about black ones, horrible flip-flops or Crocs of course. A contemporary gentleman is still a gentleman and he knows that balance and moderation are the key.

Sartorially yours,

Guillaume Bo ( MenNeedMoreStyle )

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Shoe style guide by Nicola Radano

 

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Ciao a tutti, oggi sono qui per darvi alcuni consigli e aiuti, su come scegliere il modello di scarpa adeguato in base alle diverse occasioni. Vediamo di seguito,alcuni modelli dai pià classici ai pià casual.

Hello everyone, today I am here to give you some advice and help on how to choose the most appropriate model of shoes according to different occasions. Please see below for my selections.

OXFORD:

Nata nel 1830, è la scarpa per eccellenza delle occasioni di gala sia diurne che notturne. Presenta un allacciatura a 6 occhielli, chiusa. Consigliata con un abito dai toni scuri e pantalone con risvolto ampio (5cm).

First popular in the 1830’s, this shoe is ideal for formal occasions, day or night. The closed lacing makes this style sleek in profile and so the most elegant design of shoe. In black leather it can be worn with a dark suit or brown leathers. For extra flair they work really well with cuffed (turn-up) trousers but you would not do this with a black pair.

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BROGUE:

la forma ¨ simile alla Oxford, ma dalla punta meno arrotondata, ¨ caratterizzata da forature dette a œnido di rondine” che rendono questa scarpa classica, ma allo stesso tempo pi casual. Si pu indossare con un abito, preferibilmente spezzato (giacca e pantalone diversi).

The brogue is a style that uses punching details in the leather to create a pattern. This makes it more casual than an Oxford. You can complement the shoe by wearing a broken outfit i.e. non-matching trousers and jacket.

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MONK STRAP:

Una scarpa chiusa, con la tomaia che risale verso il collo del piede, sulla quale si sovrappone unâ ala allacciata lateralmente da una (single monk strap) o due fibbie (double monk strap, o dub-monks) a seconda del modello. Meno formale della Oxford, ma allo stesso tempo elegante. Indossabile con un abito dalle tonalità scure.

The monk can have either one or two straps depending on the style. The shoe is generally elasticated to allow the shoe to slip-on without needing to alter the tackles, although if you have a high instep you will need to undo the buckles. This is less formal than an Oxford but a little more elegant than a brogue. This is best worn with darker tones.

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LOAFER:

La scarpa pià usata dalglâ italiani, considerata un must per lâ uomo a cui piace essere elegante, ma non eccessivamente. La possiamo trovare con una punta sfilata o quadrata, in camoscio o di pelle. Indossabile con un abito spezzato o con un jeans e camicia.

This is an essential shoe for the Italian people, considered a must for men who like to be stylish but not extravagant. It can have a pointed or square toe and be made of suede or leather. It is best worn with an unmatched jacket and trousers or with jeans and a shirt.

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TASSEL LOAFER:

Anchâ essa utilizzatissima dal dandy italiano, che si sente molto giovane. presenta la stessa forma della loafer ma sul collo piede presenta delle noppine in pelle intrecciata.

Adatta per look classic con tocchi sportivi (la mia preferita).

Another favourite in Italy is the tassel loafer, worn by a younger and more extravagant man, it has the same shape as a standard loafer but the tassel and lace around the heel add more flamboyance. This is my favourite design as it is great with classic styling or more sporty outfits.

CHUKKA BOOT:

Uno stivaletto con le stringhe, un must per qualsiasi uomo, comodo e chic allo stesso tempo. Utilizzabile su un abito non eccessivamente formale e su jeans.

The Chukka boot, a must for any man, is comfortable and chic at the same time. This is definitely a relaxed style that is best worn with jeans and informal attire.

 

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DERBY:

Una scarpa molto casual simile alla chukkaboot, leggermente pià bassa e con la pianta molto larga e con suola in gomma o in para. Utilizzabile per qualsiasi situazione, non estremamente formale.

Derby designs are great for wearing if you have a high instep, but because of the construction of the lacing being open they are not as elegant and so less formal. They are often in wider fittings and can be seen in country designs with plain fronts. Suitable for most situations but not for formal wear.

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CHELSEA BOOT:

Lo stivaletto per eccellenza, adatto per chi ama gli abbinamenti classici con tocchi casual. Presenta la molla ai lati e possiamo trovarlo anche nella versione Brogue.

With elasticated sides the Chelsea is a superb boot for most occasions. It is sleek and formal looking in black or casual and relaxed in brown making it extremely flexible for your wardrobe.

 

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Spero possiate apprezzare questi miei consigli, per qualsiasi domanda, non esitate a scrivermi.

I hope you can appreciate my advice, for any questions please do contact me here or via my blog at nicolaradano.com

Ciao a tutti, Nicola.

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Gui’s gift guide

In the latest of our series of guest blog articles by fashion guru Guillaume Bo, he has compiled a short guide to help you chose the right shoes for your loved ones.

You have a great idea that you want to buy a new pair of shoes (for maybe your lover, husband, son, grand father). Then you realise it’s not that easy.

“Should I try something new?”

“Should I think about something for his job?”

“What about those beautiful red or green boots” and so on.

Finally, you give up and you buy a tie (again) a shirt (one more time) or even a cigar.

Let me give you some tips for these guys that might help.

So, a young man will love to wear nice loafers, chelsea boots or double monks with his blazer/shirt/sweater. Instead of his usual sneakers.

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Herring Shelley

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If you are really looking forward your husband/lover/friend wearing something different than his old battered shoes, just try to upgrade but not too much. Think about a nice derby with rubber soles. But not too “vintage” though. Think about casual boots, maybe with natural sole edges. Think about nice leather trainers or sneakers, maybe even brogued trainers.

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Do you know someone that’s looking for a job? Black Oxfords, boots or loafers. They will be great for his interviews.

Is your man someone who travels a lot? or someone who lives in his car? Something light, easy to take off so the loafer is again great choice.

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For your grandfather, choose some new velvet slippers, that will make him feel at ease and elegant at home.

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Basically, it is not so difficult to choose a great and suitable pair of shoes as a gift, the secret is to try not to think about yourself, think about the person you are buying for.

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The great thing about shoes is they all have different strengths, so once you know what you are looking for, the suitable styles will jump out at you. Think different if you want to be sure your present will be worn as men are often too conservative but can always wear a bit more colour than we expect. And think classical style – they may have the shoes for years so make sure it is something that will last. Shoes do make a great gift if you follow these simple steps, after all we all need a nice pair of shoes.

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Herring Shoes now offer Click and Collect with CollectPlus

Herring now offering Click and Collect

Herring now offering Click and Collect

Herring shoes are proud to say that we have partnered with CollectPlus as a click and collect courier. Click and Collect is a relatively new service in the UK but is rapidly becoming one of the most popular. What makes the service so convenient is that you can choose from thousands of local stores that are close to your home or workplace. They are often open at weekends and operate for longer hours than usual. This means you can now collect or return your Herring at almost any time.

To select this new service, look at the shipment method in the checkout pages and select CollectPlus from the drop down menu. You will then be prompted to select you favourite drop-off point and checkout in the normal way. As with all our UK deliveries and returns we are pleased to say this is a free service.

If you would like to learn more about this service visit the CollectPlus website where you can find out what locations are near you.

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England vs Italy by Guillaume Bo of Men Need More Style

England vs Italy.

No, it’s not a football game. This is about their very different styles. For decades, a gentlemen had to choose which he wanted to follow. The British school is all about rules and codes that are very established. The Italian school is more about freedom, seduction and comfort. This is also the case for shoes.

For example, nowadays we can see a lot of men wearing their loafers without socks or with invisible socks. This is a typically Italian look that, for a British gentleman, is highly unorthodox, and constitutes sacrilege! In the British view a gentleman must not show his hairy ankles and I agree. Wearing formal or business attire can inspire a “style saving” restraint. This helps you to appreciate that you do not only wear clothes and shoes for yourself, but in a large measure as a way to communicate about yourself, to help other people understand you.

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So British is best? No.

It can be very “cool” to rock your nice tassels and even monk shoes with more casual combinations. It says to the world: “hey, I’m a gentleman but I’m not that obsessed by myself. I’m open, I’m alive, I’m dynamic”. Italian style takes the essence of British style, the best of it, then modifies and softens it. They learnt the rules so they could break them.

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So Italian is best? No.

You can like both schools as I do. Elegance is all about balance, not rules. First and foremost it is about knowing what flatters you and how you feel about what you are wearing. Which style you find most suitable can vary depending on your emotions, your social life and your work.

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Thankfully our world is not as small as it used to be. Our tastes and inspirations have been evolving as influences from around the world inspire us. Good taste can be found in Asia, America, Africa, anywhere. But don’t forget gentlewomen and gentlemen, classic style is timeless, secure and understated but should never be boring at all.

So gentlemen, it is a draw, Italy 1- England 1 and we are all winners.

Shoes speak louder than words,

Guillaume Bo

 

 

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