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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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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Men’s guide to straight-lacing Oxford shoes

Prestige Oxford shoe with rubber sole from Samuel Windsor

Elegant shoes require an elegant lacing pattern
Image: Prestige Oxford shoe with rubber sole from Samuel Windsor

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 choose a summer jacket

Yellow seersucker jacket from Samuel Windsor

The best warm weather jackets and blazers
Image: Yellow seersucker jacket from Samuel Windsor

The best dressed men are those who stand out by perfectly fitting in. They’re the guys who, no matter the occasion, are always dressed appropriately in clothes we call ‘contemporary classic’. Even when the weather is hot and sticky.

If you’re looking to achieve the same effortless sartorial elegance, here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right jacket or blazer this summer.
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How to wear moleskin

Long-sleeve moleskin shirt in wine from Samuel Windsor

Soft and lightweight – what’s not to love about this stylish fabric?
Image: Long-sleeve moleskin shirt in wine from Samuel Windsor

Moleskin is a soft-textured fabric that feels like the smooth fur of a garden mole – if you were to stroke one – but with a lot less of the startled burrowing involved. A cotton fabric that’s smart and yet casual, warm and yet lightweight, moleskin is a curious cloth that offers plenty of dapper menswear options for shirts, jackets and pants.
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WIN seersucker shorts for summer

red seersucker shorts from Samuel Windsor

Win a pair of seersucker shorts from Samuel Windsor

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The ultimate guide to seersucker

Model 2 wearing a short sleeve seersucker shirt in green-blue check from Samuel Windsor

Seersucker checks and stripes keep you cool when the temperature soars
Image source: Short sleeve seersucker shirt in green-blue check from Samuel Windsor

Seersucker is a dimpled cotton fabric famous for its ability to keep the wearer cool in hot weather. Originating from the Middle East, it’s made using ‘slack tension’ weaving during which alternate threads are placed under tension. When removed from the loom, these threads shrink back, giving the cloth its distinctive wrinkled texture.

In the days before air conditioning, the British Raj loved seersucker. Gentlemen from America’s deep south did too; it kept railroad workers cool as they stoked the boilers of their steam trains, and during the post-war period, preppy students adopted the look.

Seersucker is a classic spring/summer fabric and there’s never been a better time to wear it than right now.

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10 ways to motivate kids to learn in lockdown

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Keep kids learning with advice from some of USA’s most motivational educators
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The closure of schools has transformed the lives of children and teenagers beyond all recognition. And while lockdown might have been a novelty to start with, kids are missing their regular routines, their friends and their sports activities.

Is remote learning grinding to a halt in your household? Here’s how some of the USA’s most inspirational teachers and educators suggest turning things around to keep your kids motivated…

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Best American teacher blogs

Teacher standing in front of a whiteboard in a classroom

Here’s the secret to being an extraordinary teacher
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With schools closed across the country and millions of children studying at home during the COVID19 pandemic, we know many moms, dads, and grandparents will be concerned for their children’s education. Educating our kids at home has given us all a whole new appreciation for the extraordinary job our teachers do. 

To provide some fascinating insight into the professional life of teachers, we’ve found a selection of great teachers’ blogs, YouTube channels and podcasts. If you’re a teacher looking for new ideas – check these guys out. And if you’re a parent who’s wondering how on earth teachers do it – here’s how.

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