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Jul 29, 2015

The New Chuck Taylors

After 98 years of a singular design, Converse has revamped the infamous "Chuck Taylor" shoe to add a little more comfort. Named after the basketball player and shoe evangelist, Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, Chuck Taylors are considered "the most successful basketball shoe in history" with over 80% of the market share in 1966.   

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Jul 20, 2015

How to: Properly Clean Canvas Shoes

I recently heard an episode of the NPR podcast, Selected Shorts, in which Sean Astin read Ray Bradbury's short story, "The Sound of Summer Running." The story tells of special place a pair of sneakers holds in the heart and imagination of a young boy, and how he passes along that imagination to those around him as he tries to acquire a pair. I don't know if it was Bradbury's genius or the nostalgia of hearing it read by Rudy / Samwise Gamgee, but the story moved me. I got the thinking about the sneakers I loved as a boy and how quickly I wore them out.    

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Jul 13, 2015

The Process: A Cobbler Creates a Leather Shoe By Hand

created at: 05/28/2013

“It is totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes.” – Hardy Amies

Handmade shoes are one of those things. The "once you try it, you'll never look back kinda thing..." And, yeah, they're a bigger initial investment. But they'll probably last for the rest of your life with proper care and maintenance. 

 Saville Row shoemakers Foster and Son were recently featured in The Victoria and Albert Museum‘s, How Was It Made?  video series. This entry, The Art of Shoe Making, chronicles a cobbler at Foster and Son creating a pair of brogues from scratch...and its crazy… read more

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Jul 08, 2015

5 Essential Shoes Every Man Needs This Summer

created at: 07/08/2015

Newsflash, ManMakers: It's hot out. Like, super hot... the kind of hot where you can't quite pretend you're not roasting and just wear your standard uniform from the rest of the year. It's easy to dress well in the fall and winter. Every man looks great in boots and sweaters and layers and patterned button-downs. But, in summer, it's just too hot for those things, and you simply gotta embrace the shorts.  And with the shorts comes the question: well, what shoes do I wear with them?read more

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Apr 02, 2015

ManMade Essential Toobox: You Need a Pair of Trusty Workboots

One day you will be tearing down a plaster and lathe ceiling, or cutting up some wood pallets in the back yard, or cleaning up a gutted bathroom, and you will bring your foot down on a two- or three-inch long nail. The metal will pierce the skin, cruise through the soft abductor hallucis muscle that forms the arch of your foot, and, if you step down hard enough, take out a tiny chip of bone from one of your metatarsal. I'll let you imagine the sound of that for a minute.

OR!

You could take the advice of a guy who's speaking from experience (I stepped off a ladder onto a nail sticking out of piece of lathe while wearing, of all… read more

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Mar 04, 2015

How to: Make Your Own DIY Woolen Insoles

Cutting Out Boot InsolesThose winter boots not keeping you quite warm enough? Maybe it's time to upgrade the insoles with a fresh set of thick woolen comfort.  … read more

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Aug 12, 2014

How to Build a Beautiful Patina on Leather Shoes and Boots

A new pair of shoes is a great thing, especially a quality pair with leather uppers that you plan to break in and wear for… read more

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Mar 17, 2014

8 Ways to Take Care of Your Sneakers and Make Them Last Longer

Spring is the time for taking a break from your boots and embracing something much lighter and easier to wear: sneakers. Or tennis shoes, or whatever you call them where you're… read more

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Mar 05, 2014

Get Fit: 5 Running Shoe Options under $100

5 running shoes under $100

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It's time to shake off the snow and head back outside. Whether you're a seasoned runner, or someone looking to start adding some jogging to your fitness routine, proper footwear is essential to preventing… read more

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Aug 12, 2013

Inspired by Nature: KUSA Grass Flip Flops

KUSA Grass Flip Flops

Just when you thought you've seen it all, then along comes a grassy pair of flip flops that will make you feel like an urban flower… read more

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Jul 31, 2013

Famous Shoes: Pop Culture's Most Iconic Footware

Photographer Federico Mauro has embarked on capturing some famous style pieces and accessories: eyeglasses, musical instruments, even guns. But I'm especially intrigued by his shoes...something rarely seen in movie closeups and 3/4 shots, but just as iconic as the rest of the wardrobe.… read more

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Nov 08, 2012

How to: Polish Your Shoes - The Quick, Easy, No-Fuss Way

created at: 04/16/2013

Everytime I have a layover at the airport, I like to walk around the terminal and watch people...guess where they're going, why they're traveling. And everytime, I inevitably walk by the shoe shine stand, sometimes occupied, and sometimes not, and I think to myself, "Someday, I'm gonna own a pair of shoes that deserve to be shined for $14 in the airport.

And, really, someday...I… read more

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Sep 19, 2012

ManMade's Fall Boot Roundup: 5 Stylish Pairs for Any Budget

created at: 09/19/2012With temperatures cooling down, it's time to put the sandals and sneakers away an opt for something better suited for the season: boots. A quality pair of boots should be a staple in anyone's closet. They can be dressed up, dressed down, worn inside and outside, keep your feet warm, provide ankle and insole support, and most importanly, help you look sharp and manly at the same time.

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May 02, 2012

The Process: How Oak Street Bootmakers Create their Handcrafted Leather Boots and Shoes

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created at: 05/02/2012

"I think we're all done with living in a disposable era. Most people are seeking out quality that comes from our country."

So begins this fascinating and, (I'll say it), hopeful look into the process of making sturdy, well-made and hand sewn shoes and boots from Oak Street Bootmakers, which are designed in Chicago and handcrafted in… read more

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Oct 28, 2010

Paper Crafted Shoes by Mike Leavitt

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Yes, of course we love these paper renderings of sneakers, perhaps even a bit more than the Shoeburger.

They're all created by Seattle-based artist Mike Leavitt, who says, "Everyday and urban objects are just my pallette for replicating modern landscapes of life, somewhere between a painterly impression and ironic conceptual art statement. I simply think of these as 'big kid toys', as if adults can still play make-believe too. Though each object is an original sculpture hand-made from scratch, each is somewhat functional and durable enough for even a bit of light… read more

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May 27, 2010

Duct Tape Converse Sneakers

We've seen wallets and raincoats, but this, friends, deserves a prize of some sort.

"They're sweaty, the tape doesn't stick well to the canvas, but man, that's a pair ofread more

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May 14, 2010

Bread Shoes

Okay - begin clever quips...now.

How about, "We these shoes, no one minds putting their foot in their mouth..."

Or..."If German peasants had taken to wearing these shoes, Hansel and Gretel could have been much more efficient finding their way back..."

They're edible, but not wearable, but if left out, they'll dry themselves and stick around forever.

Bread Shoes designed by twin designers R&E Prasapaliauskas

[via Design For Mankind]

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