The ultimate guide to men’s brogues

Leather brogues from Samuel Windsor

From leather to suede and oxblood to black, brogues are a stylish choice
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Brogue shoes date back to 16th-century Ireland, drawing their name from the Gaelic word “bróg.” A favorite working shoe of Scottish gamekeepers, farmers and other outdoorsmen, the characteristic perforations were designed to be practical rather than ornamental: the holes let water drain out while walking through wet bogs.
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How to make leather shoes more waterproof

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Taking care of leather shoes makes them last much longer
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Leather shoes need regular cleaning, polishing, and waterproofing to keep them in good condition. Here’s how to make your leather shoes more waterproof – simple, effective measures you can take today that will extend the life of your shoes, keep them looking great, and, perhaps best of all, keep your feet dry. 

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The ultimate guide to men’s winter shoes

Man wearing leather mens shoes on wet winter day

It’s time to think about upgrading your shoes for winter
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There’s always someone who makes a point of under-dressing for the weather, but there’s nothing manly about not taking good care of yourself. A coat, hat, and an umbrella are essential components of your winter wardrobe – and so is a decent pair of quality leather shoes.

Here are some of the best options for keeping your feet warm and dry this winter, including non-slip shoes and boots to keep you upright no matter what the weather throws at you.
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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 leather shoes slip-proof, waterproof and perfectly buffed – whatever the weather throws at them.

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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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10 tips to keep boat shoes smelling fresh

Boat shoes from Samuel Windsor

Keep your shoes fresh and free from odor
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Favorite of water-lovers everywhere, from lake to ocean, boat shoes are a smart choice for men who value comfort and style in equal measure. 

But, as a shoe that looks best when worn without socks, how do you keep your feet and shoes smelling fresh? Here are our top ten tips for odor free boat shoes.
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The complete guide to men’s boat shoes

Boat shoes from Samuel Windsor

Boat shoes come in a range of colors and finishes
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Do you love being on the water? If so, you’ll already know the value of a pair of quality deck or boat shoes. But these smart-casual shoes will take you to plenty of places besides the sea, river or lake.

Offering a classic, contemporary look that dates back to the mid-1930s, boat shoes are a comfortable and stylish addition to any man’s closet. To help you get the most out of yours, here’s our complete guide to men’s boat shoes.
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Men’s guide to straight-lacing Oxford shoes

Prestige Oxford shoe with rubber sole from Samuel Windsor

Elegant shoes require an elegant lacing pattern
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Oxford shoes should be worn with high quality waxed shoelaces and laced in a way that showcases their effortless simplicity. The straight-lace, or ladder pattern, allows the clean lines of the shoe to do the talking, and correctly threaded, will prevent the shoestrings from working loose over the course of the day. Watch our video guide for a quick tutorial.

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Two-tone spectator brogues – the jazz in your closet

Linen suit and two-tone spectator brogues from Samuel

A linen suit and two-tone brogues strike a fun and celebratory note
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Think Great Gatsby, Al Capone and the Chicago mob – black and white two-tone spectator brogues were the go-to shoe for the partying classes of the Roaring Twenties. But while prohibition is ancient history, two-tone brogues have moved with the times. A jazzy shoe for every well-dressed man’s wardrobe, here’s the lowdown on spectator brogues and how to make them work for you.
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How to wear loafers in the winter

Don’t put your Samuel Windsor loafers away when the temperature drops

Don’t put your loafers away when the temperature drops
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With an average winter temperature of at least 60°F, lucky Floridians benefit from a climate that’s better suited to a pair of loafers than tough winter boots. But could you wear loafers in wintertime Minnesota or Maine where the mercury dips below 20°F, and ice and snow abound?

We say yes. Which doesn’t mean your rugged winter boots won’t see plenty of use but, if you play it right, there’s no need to dress like a Yeti – at least not all the time. With these simple tips you’ll soon be swapping boring winter boots for dapper loafers.
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