WALK A MILE IN SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES -MICHOU BARES HIS SOLE TO SOUL FOR THE LOVE OF A SHOE
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This week we literally take it to the streets piloting you around the world in my shoes. I am so inspired by the Vlog The Sartorial Talks by The Parisian Gentleman, Hugo Jacomet (124K Subscribers) interviewing the American Southern Young Bucks Trenton & Heath (357K Subscribers) who are young cobblers schooling their American public on quality shoes from sole to SOUL.
As brothers and co-owners of 2 businesses within the shoe industry, these handsome brothers are always excited to bring us some of the best content, regarding all things shoes, on their YouTube channel. They discuss the best shoe brands, the best shoe products, tutorials on shoe care, and take you behind the scenes as they repair shoes brought into their shop.
Net up is "Parisian Gentleman" which has been created by Hugo Jacomet in 2009 as a personal diary in which he was sharing his sartorial adventures and his passion for bespoke tailoring and shoemaking.
Soon after his son Greg Jacomet, then his future wife Sonya Glyn joined him to form the historical trio behind Parisian Gentleman and the two YouTube channels : « Sartorial Talks » (in English) and « Discussions Sartoriales » (in French).
Full disclosure I may have left comments from time to time under my pseudonym on Trenton & Heath's YOUTUBE, encouraging them to open their minds to other brands. Being the owners of a home goods design company and traveling to our various factories all over the world, I have become well versed in the power of a shoe.
Be it walking miles to the gates in airports, trekking to dusty corners of the globe or being in front of the camera for selfies or press or just a simple instagram post, I have gathered quite the shoe collection spanning brands known and unknown across the world.
My love of shoes came from my Mother who by default schooled me in what makes a good shoe. From Charles Jourdan to Xavier Danaud, I remember my eyes fixing on the 1st pair Mom's cork shoes in the 80's with fleck shoes and I thinking how inventive it was. From being raised in Europe to the island of Jamaica I can say I have seen it all from sand to shoe.
In full transparency I do not ever look at so many photos of myself in a row, however based on the topic and gathering of all subject matter I will take the "Road Less Travelled" on the journey into footwear that has taken me down the long winding metaphorical road to where we stand physically today.
What this process has helped me most realize that I have amassed the following colours of shoes:
Black: 5 ; Blue: 11; Brown: 27; Green: 2; Grey: 2; Red: 5; White / Taupe: 1
However two weeks ago I enlisted stylist Lauren Mrozowski @laurenmro_ from the @therealreal who I have given 14 pair of Gucci shoes to! Lauren was the perfect person to help a deep dive into my closet being brutally honest telling me what to part with and what to keep.The RealReal, Inc. is an online and brick-and-mortar marketplace for staff-authenticated luxury consignment. Based on the circular economy, The RealReal sells consigned clothing, fine jewelry, watches, fine art and home decor. It employs an in-house staff of experts including horologists, gemologists, art curators and luxury fashion authenticators who inspect items for authenticity and value; however, the company has received criticism for selling counterfeit merchandise, including from Forbes, which states often a single copywriter, not an authenticator, provides the only inspection for many items sold by The RealReal.
At Our Former Beach Bungalow in Red Bank NJ With Our Basset Beagle Frida in Paul Smith's Printed Canvas Trainers
My favourite brands seem to be the below list.
Tap on each name for links to the brand:
One of the most important lessons I learned early on was, as with all things coveted, pre internet, to save up and buy quality rather than amassing quantity.
I believe if gentlemen in America really heeded this advice they would begin a collection that enables them to not only maximize a wardrobe making it more versatile but in essence they have less wear and tear on their shoe collection due to he fact that they have increased their footwear options.
Reminissing back to the 1980's there was Charles Jourdan, Stephan Kelian, Joan & David whose men's line moniker was David and Joan, Jean-Baptiste Rautureau. I have also collected and repurposed my father's shoe collection luckily we are the same size now.
Linen Gucci Gold Horsebit Worn in Photoshoot For The Sindhian
The best thing about shoes is that your weight can fluctuate over the years but it's very rare that your shoe size changes. As the style changes you will find that all the shoe profiles come back into fashion.
My Newest Find:
n.d.c. made by hand was created in 2001 by two friends passionate about shoes. Unable to find the shoes they really wanted to wear, they launched the brand to fulfill their personal need.
NDC Brushed Suede Loafers
n.d.c. made by hand immediately opened a new dimension in men's and lady's footwear, offering luxurious materials, comfortable lasts and rejuvenated classics. The collections aimed to be appealing to a wide range of customers — trend setters, luxury lovers, quality freaks, etc — who are in pursuit of understated individualism.
On The Hunt:
I had purchased my favourite Berluti shoes in Italy a few years ago, however, we all know the pit falls of globe trekking is the baggage loss pre Apple Air Tags in our suitcases.
The discovery of every shoe for me has a story. When I saw these beauties on the shelf I heard iconic songstress Roberta Flak singing in my head " The First Time". I immediately tried them on for size and they became mine.
Flash forward many years this past Friday while walking through Miami's Design District we came across the store which has had a rebrand and fresh direction under the guise of Antoine Arnault ( son of LVMH's Bernard Arnault) whose keen eye and strategy has landed them designing the uniforms for the French Teams Opening Ceremony at the Olympics in 2024.
This new direction was clearly visible in their team members working in the store. I was approached by Benjamin Mitchell whose instinct and etiquette, combined with knowledge and know how, organically got me to reveal my story of the loss of my shoes! Benjamin hopped to action and found a pair and is having them sent to the store. This is what I call true luxury service which very few "luxury" institutions retain in todays day and age.
Now you can say you have walked with me many miles across our most beautiful Mother Earth.
Apart from shoe collecting we highly encourage you to slip in to our favourite pair and pour yourself a drink in our Men's Barware that is all handmade, hand-caved and fits your in your hand like a glove.
Have a great week and pick up a set of our barware!