How to make leather shoes slip-proof and other hacks

Leather loafers standing on a wet wooden floor

Keep your footing when the weather turns icy or cold
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Leather shoes are always in vogue and for good reason – they’re stylish, comfy, hard-wearing and breathable. But their soles can be slippery when it’s wet or icy outside, especially when they’re new.

Want to avoid sliding all over the sidewalk or landing abruptly on your behind when it’s raining? Here are our top hacks to make your shoes slip-proof, waterproof and perfectly buffed – whatever the weather throws at them.

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Spruce up your winter coat

Model 2 wearing Olive Adventurer Coat from Samuel Windsor

Check your coat’s care label before putting it in the washing machine
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Do you think the only way to freshen up your overcoat is to take it to the cleaners? You might be surprised to learn that many coats can be cleaned just as well at home. With a little care, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it yourself and save on expensive dry cleaning bills.

That doesn’t mean your overcoat can go in the washing machine, though. The story will be different for each individual coat, so study the care label thoroughly for instructions. Here are some top tips on how to clean your winter coat.

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How to layer for cold weather

Model 2 wearing a car coat in Olive

Layering is your best defence against unpredictable Fall weather
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As an active man about town, you’ll know just how difficult it is to dress for a day spent switching from outdoor to indoor spaces without sweltering or shivering. Learning to layer is the answer you’re looking for. Putting versatility at the heart of your wardrobe, layering is the ultimate way to ensure that, whatever your plans, you’ll always be suitably attired. And it looks great too!

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Why men love jeans

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American icon – blue jeans are one of our greatest cultural exports
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Just how did a simple pair of work pants evolve to dominate the world of men’s fashion? In so many ways, the story of the all American blue jean encapsulates the social history of the nation. 

In fact, from their invention in the late 19th century to their cowboy heritage, WW2 popularity and eventual export to the rest of the world, if any garment can be said to have passed the test of time, it’s the jeans in your closet. Here’s how denim jeans came to rule the world. 

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5 steps to make new leather shoes more comfortable

Leather shoes from Samuel Windsor

A few simple hacks can help make new shoes more comfortable
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New leather shoes can be stiff to wear to begin with, but there are several ways you can avoid blisters while enjoying your shiny new Oxfords or Bluchers. Here are our five top tips to help you break in your new shoes, while caring for the leather so that it looks great and lasts a long time. Here’s how to make new shoes more comfortable.
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Three smart ways to knot your tie

shirt collar and smart tie knot

A classic knot adds the finishing touch to a smart outfit
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Are you looking for a new way to knot your tie? Here are three simple step-by-step video tutorials, complete with commentary and subtitles, to show you how to tie the Windsor, Half-Windsor, and Pratt knots.

Find out which collar style goes best with each knot, and the most suitable occasions at which to show off your favorite neckwear. Ready to have a go? Grab yourself a rich country tie or a luxury silk tie, and let’s get busy…
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Blogs to help you spend less and save more

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Get financially savvy with these top blogs
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Cutting back on spending, saving more, and investing your money to generate passive income – these are some of the best ways to get ahead financially. A little bit of finance knowhow also helps. We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best smart-money blogs to help you get ahead. These bloggers are not here to offer financial advice, but they do offer a wealth of innovative and informative ideas to help you take control of your finances and rethink your attitude to money.

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How to wear linen

short sleeve linen shirt from Samuel Windsor

Cool, comfortable and stylish, linen is the perfect summer fabric
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Soft, cool to the touch, and comfortable to wear, linen is nature’s climate control fabric. It’s also one of the most versatile menswear materials on the planet, taking the discerning gentleman all the way from the beach to the boardroom. Here’s the fascinating story of linen, and tips on how to wear it…
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