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Chatham Marine – Orwell Country Desert Boots

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Chatham Marine – Orwell Country Desert Boots

Posted on 29 January 2013 by Chris Ford

I hadn’t heard of Chatham Marine until recently but it seems they are a British company that have been around for 20years  catering for what they call the ‘weekend sailor’  supplying everything from waterproof clothing to polo shirts , hats and footwear.

For a while I have been looking for a Desert Boot style casual shoe and had yet to pull the trigger as every time I found a pair I liked they either didn’t have my size or I felt they were a little pricey.

Then I came across  Chatham Marines Orwell Country Desert Boot, keenly priced at £59.00 and looking exactly how I imagined the perfect boots would I went ahead and got a pair in Brown.    I received the boots a few weeks ago and I have to say I am nothing but happy and quite frankly really impressed how well made they are, as they were only  £59.00 I wasn’t expecting anything amazing but the quality of these boots and the solid construction really is impressive, in fact  several colleagues have asked me where I bought them and that I think is a true sign that something looks good, when others covert them!

If you would like your own pair or to explore the rest of the range offered by Chatham Marine head over to




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Guide To The Perfect Shoe Shine

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Guide To The Perfect Shoe Shine

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Chris Ford



British shoe polish brand Cherry Blossom have given us their step by step guide to achieve the perfect shoe shine.



The Perfect Shoe Shine

What you’ll need: Clean cloths, Soft haired shoe brush, Cherry Blossom Premium’s  new  ‘Universal cleaner’ and ‘leather cream’.

Task time: 10 minutes

1. It is most important that you start with perfectly clean shoes. Do this buy wiping the shoes with damp cloth, then spray with Cherry Blossom Premium’s new ‘Universal cleaner’.

2. Shake well, hold upright and spray. Keep the can 10-15cm away from the shoes spray a even amount covering all of the leather.

3. Use a soft cloth or bush to work the foam in to the solid areas. Wait 10 seconds and wipe the dirt away with a clean cloth.

4. Allow the shoes to dry in room temperature.

5. Take Cherry Blossom Premium leather cream, no need to colour match your cream the new Premium leather cream is suitable for all colours. This nourishes and protects leather.

6. Using the sponge, sparingly spread the cream all over the shoe. Do not squeeze the tube just work the sponge in a circular motion over the entire surface of the shoe. Always make sure you work the Leather cream** into all the crevices and cracks in the leather.

**Leather cream works deep into the leather leaving a longer lasting     effect.

7. Leave to dry for 3 minutes and buff.

8. Take a traditional soft haired Cherry Blossom shoe brush and buff the shoes in a left-to-right motion to remove any excess polish.

A Brief History of Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom were the first and now the only UK manufacturer of shoe polish. Started in 1906 by brothers Dan and Charles Mason, Cherry Blossom polish started from a need to use wasted tin plate left over from making their soap company containers. Appreciating the growing demand for wax boot polish, the brothers realised that this discarded tin plate could be used to make small tins ideal for polish.  They therefore employed a chemist to come up with the right formulation and launched in 1906. The iconic “one penny tin” with its original “butterfly” twist opener was introduced in 1907 as was the name “Cherry Blossom Boot Polish”.  In 1912 they sold off the soap company and concentrated on the manufacturing of polish. Padawax, a major step forward for convenience, was introduced in 1960.  You could now apply polish with just the sponge and buff with a cloth. 1983 saw the “butterfly twist” tins replaced by the “snap open” variety and in 1986 New Meltonian and Cherry Blossom Shoe Care Plus was introduced – a liquid wax shoe cream designed for fast and easy application and fast shine.

Today the Cherry Blossom shoecare range is manufactured in Alfreton, Derbyshire, and as the materials used in the manufacturing of shoes have changed to include suede, nubuck, corduras and canvas as well as the traditional leather, so too have the products on offer from Cherry Blossom.


Available from Debenhams nationwide or online at www.cherryblossom.co.uk


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Kiwi Shoe Aid for Africa Celebrity Shoe Auction

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Kiwi Shoe Aid for Africa Celebrity Shoe Auction

Posted on 03 November 2010 by Marc

Denise Van Outen launching the Kiwi Shoe Aid for Africa charity auction. Photo: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Shoe Aid for Africa’s Celebrity Shoe Auction was launched today by the ever lovely Denise Van Outen. Shoe Aid for Africa was set up by quite possibly the most popular brand of shoe polish in the UK, if not the world, Kiwi. What man doesn’t have a tin of Kiwi polish at home?

The campaign itself aims to send 100,000 pairs of shoes to Africa and the best thing is you can send a pair with just a few clicks of a mouse.  If you head over to www.shoeaidforafrica.org and leave a message on the interactive map Kiwi will send a pair of shoes to Tanzania on your behalf.

Also on the site you’ll find out how you can win a once in a lifetime experience of helping to distribute the shoes collected in Tanzania with Soles4Souls who provide shoes to children the world over; they estimate that over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes. That should give you something to think about when you next look at your own shoe collection!

Of course for some shoe collecting is a way of life, which is why Denise Van Outen was launching the 10 day auction on eBay. Male and female celebrities have donated shoes to be auctioned and every $1/63p raised will result in a pair of shoes being sent to Africa by Kiwi.

We’ve managed to find out details of some of the male celebrities who have donated shoes but you should check the auction daily as there may be more added, not to mention the female shoe donators who I know include Barbara Windsor, Mel C and Sarah Chalke. Men’s shoes that you can bid on include those from:

  • Gok Wan
  • Zach Braff (Scrubs)- Men’s Nike Velcro shoes
  • Donald Faison (Scrubs)- Men’s Nike Hightop Basketball shoes
  • Jason Kidd (NBA Dallas Mavericks)- Reebok Running shoes
  • Brad Arnold (Lead Singer/ 3 Doors Down)- Black Alfani Leather Ankle Boots
  • Tom Watson (PGA/ Pro Golfer)- Men’s Footjoy Golf Shoes
  • Brian Friedman
  • Nick Ede (Puma)
  • Simon Webb
  • Emperio Armani

So if you feel like grabbing yourself a pair of shoes and doing something for charity head over to Kiwi Shoe Aid for Africa’s Celebrity Shoe Auction now, before it’s too late!

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Fantastic Brogues


Fantastic Brogues

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Chris Ford

Church’s was founded in 1873 by Thomas Church and his three sons Alfred, William and Thomas Jr., who could count on family experience in the production of handmade men’s shoes dating back to 1675.  Church’s is based in Northampton, not far from London, in a county which has been at the centre of a  flourishing leather and footwear industry since the Middle Ages.

If you ask anyone that knows their men’s fashion they will tell you Church’s produce some of the best English made  men’s shoes you can buy and have a well earned reputation for good quality leather and production, they produce a range of traditional and fashion shoes.

However recently Church’s have become a little less English with the Italian fashion house Prada having bought a controlling stake in the company.  Don’t let this put you off though as the quality and process seem to be unchanged and the shoes are still made in the same factory in Northampton where the techniques haven’t really altered a great deal in well over a hundred years.

I always think when it comes to shoes its best not to go too wacky and stick to something fairly traditional like these fantastic brogue’s in Sandlewood which would look great with a smart pair of jeans and jacket or a nice navy suit for the office?  They are also available in black but if you are like me you will have far too many pairs of black shoes, why not stand out from the crowd while still playing things fairly safe!

The Church Burwood Brogues are available from Herring Shoes for £335.00 as well as other good retailers.

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A Liberty Summer Wardrobe

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A Liberty Summer Wardrobe

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Marc

Now that we’re truly into Summer in the UK, you can tell because it’s raining, it’s time to start thinking about how best to spruce up the wardrobe.  Now, this is a task that, for most men, can be quite daunting, especially if there is no other half to help or decide for you.  One store I enjoy rummaging around in is the beautiful Liberty of London store which is always a joy and as it boasts a Murdock grooming department you can pamper yourself with a traditional wet shave, especially useful if you do have an other half who is busying themselves in the shoe department!  Of course in this day and age the Internet is a boon to those who are not able to make it London as you can shop online.  Yes, you are unable to get a wet shave online but you can still brighten up your wardrobe with a few clicks of your mouse.

Now, I don’t know why but for some reason I can’t help but feel as if I’m on holiday if I’m wearing something stripy and as an avid polo shirt wearer I couldn’t resist this splendid Burkman Brothers Blue Striped Polo Shirt. icon Rain or shine I’ll always feel I’m strolling around Cannes while wearing it, especially if I’m walking around Kensington, where the French expat. community gather.  During the day, if the sun is out or you do happen to be in Cannes, you won’t go wrong pairing it with either a pair of Paul Smith Khaki Swim Shorts icon or these Burkman Brothers Stone Shorts. iconIn the evening a comfortable pair of long legged chinos will see you right.

Last but by no means least is what to put on your feet!  For versatility you can’t go wrong with these Blue Sebago Docksides iconwhich will give you quite a nautical air and if you don’t fancy them in blue they also come in white, navy, purple and orange.  Just remember to leave the socks at home, especially if you opt to wear shorts!

This Summer is certainly not the season to be sticking to safe browns and blacks!

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TOMS Shoes – One for One

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TOMS Shoes – One for One

Posted on 15 March 2010 by Marc

Over the weekend I was catching up with the various blogs I read as part of my struggle to keep my finger on the pulse  of what’s going on in the world.  It may come as surprise, a shock even, to discover that one of my regular reads is City Girl Style.  However when you think about it, a truly modern man should be au fait with what’s going on with the fairer sex.  After all, what man doesn’t care what a lady thinks when she casts her, sometimes overly, critical eye over him?

Saturday’s feature was on TOMS shoes and it jogged my memory, no easy task let me assure you!  However, as a fan of the Dave Matthews Band I recalled that last year Dave, of the aforementioned band, designed a limited edition pair of vegan friendly TOMS shoes based on the bands popular Fire Dancer design.

You can buy TOMS shoes online in the UK from Office Shoes and Schuh however the Fire Dancer ones are only available from the Dave Matthews US on-line store.  So what better way to show you’re one step ahead of the pack than by not only being seen sporting this Summer’s coolest footwear but by wearing a design that very few people will be aware exists.  Rest assured, girls in the city will take one look at your casual footwear and know you’re no slouch when it comes to ethical fashion!

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