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Shoe Types

Many terms describe men’s footwear and the variant categories of shoes that make a gentleman’s wardrobe. We have curated some of the known and accepted terms that best […]

Oxford

An Oxford is any type of dress shoe (not boots) with a lace over a tongue. Unlike a derby, the tabs that join the lace must be together […]

Derby

A derby shoe is quite similar to an oxford, with different lacing. A derby has an open lacing. The two tabs at the tongue’s top (on each side) […]

Whole Cut

As the name suggests. An Oxford-looking shoe made with a single-cut base is produced using one whole piece of a single material to make the base. Instead of different […]

Loafer

A loafer is any shoe without lace over a tongue, like the Oxford or derby. It’s a slip-on shoe that often comes with a tassel, mask, bit, or […]

Monk Strap

The monk strap is a shoe strapped on the side with a buckle. It’s a dress shoe, and like the loafer or oxford, it comes in variants such […]

Brogue

Brogue shoes are ‘oxford-looking’ types of shoes with decorative holes perforated around the cap toe, back, and around. The term ‘brogue’ is technically not a type of shoe. […]

Slippers

Slippers are low-cut loafers with a plain front and very flat soles. Typically, the base of a slipper is a whole. A slip-on is usually a go-to for a […]

Wing Tip

If you own velvet slippers, cleaning them immediately after wearing them is imperative. You can’t go wrong with any type of velvet jacket and matching velvet slippers as […]

Full Grain

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Pebble Grain

Pebble grain is similar to full grain except that its grains are different. The grains are round-looking, like small pebbles. It’s also pressed or embossed in order to […]

Polished Calf

Polished calf refers to rectified calf grain. This eliminates any skin imperfections for a much smoother and shiny finish. Unlike regular full-grain leather, which comes with a dull […]

Box Calf

Box calf is a full-grain leather in its most natural state, without additional treatment after tanning. Note that this type of leather will appear a little dull (until […]

Painted Calf

Crust calf leather (painted calf) enables artisans to hand paint the pieces with special creams and brushes. The look is very artisanal. Its source is CONCERIA NUOVA ANTILOPE […]

Painted Pebble Grain

Painted pebble grain is full-grain leather embossed with marks such as pebbles. Because the embossing is artificial – done after tanning, the grains appear uniformly as compared to […]

Patent

Patent is the type of leather appropriate for your tuxedo shoes. It is a type of corrected leather that is painted with a thick, shiny coating. The term […]

Nubuck

Nubuck is a calfskin leather sanded or buffed on the grain side to produce a velvet-like surface. Nubuck does not require waxing to maintain its original appearance; it’s […]

Calf Suede

Calf suede refers to the outer part of the calfskin leather—the outside of the skin where the hair grows. It’s the opposite of suede. It’s the inside of […]

Kid Suede

Kid suede refers to the soft, velvety suede leather type, which comes from small goat skins. The skins are pretty small, increasing the leather’s price (consumption per pair). […]

Toe Cap

The toe cap is the part of the shoe that covers your toe. A traditional toe cap is the rounded tip – which is very English. A slightly […]

Vamp

The vamp is the upper front part of the shoe. The vamp is the material with the most coverage on your foot than any of the other parts. […]

Tongue

The tongue is underneath, and in between an oxford or derby there’s a piece of leather that’s shaped like a tongue.

Quarter

The quarter is the upper sides of the shoe after the vamp. The quarter of the shoe is where the eyelets are placed for both oxfords and derbys. […]

Back

The back of the shoe is a stripe attached to the heel in the center. It’s obviously visible from the back of the shoe.

The Sole

The sole of the shoe is the lower part of the entire part of the shoe that gets  direct contact with the ground/floor and your foot. It’s divided […]

The Insole

The insole is the part of the sole that’s inside of the shoe – the part that gets direct contact with your foot.

Welt

In well-constructed shoes, the welt is a strip of leather which runs along the perimeter of the outsole. Its primary function is to attach the upper to the […]

The Sole Bottom

The sole bottom is the part that’s less visible and gets direct contact to the ground/floor. The part that’s most impacted by wear and tear. A good sole […]

Crepe Brush

After repetitive brushing with your suede brush, some areas of your suede shoe will appear to be scuffed, using a crepe brush  will revive those areas. A must […]

Selvyt Cloth

A selvyt cloth is a lint-free pure cotton cloth with a brushed surface to lift particles from a polished shoe. The primary use of a selvyt cloth is […]

Suede Brush

The suede brush is much softer than the regular brush to keep the natural nap on the surface of your suede. It is advisable to keep a dedicated […]

Welt Brush

About the size of a toothbrush, the welt brush is used to clean and add cream and waxes to the areas of the shoe that can hardly be […]

Shoe Cream

Cream is used to condition the leather before waxing (if needed). Shoe cream alone is enough to nourish the leather, but does not give it the shine that […]

Shoe Wax

Wax is what provides the shine and protects the leather of the shoe from liquid and fluids. After applying a wax, buffing is needed to bring the shine […]

Shoe Tree

Crafted from various types of wood, such as cedar or limewood, shoe trees are essential for reducing creases and maintaining the shape and quality of your shoes. Most […]

Buffing Glove

Premium shoe care experts use the buffing glove after buffing with a soft brush instead of the brush. We don’t recommend replacing the brush with the buffing glove […]

Parts of a Dress Shoe

If you have ordered a shoe using our online 3D platform, you are familiar with these terms, as they will appear on the lower left corner of the […]

Conditioning Your Shoe

Conditioning your shoe with cream provides much-needed nourishment to the leather. Over time, the leather dries up, and the cream helps it to recover. It also brings the […]

How to Wax Your Shoe

Shining your shoe is done by applying a wax and  extensive buffing. The wax coats the shoe and prevents water or liquid substances from entering the leather. Waxing […]

Maintaining Your Suede

Suede is one of the wardrobe elements that needs constant care to maintain its look, form, and shape. More than anything else in your wardrobe, the shoe horn, […]

Storing Your Shoe

The two main important factors in the longevity of your dress shoe are ironically what you do to the shoes when you’re not wearing them. The first factor […]