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The ship of square-toe lace-up shoes with rubber soles sailed years ago. Rather, the modern man goes for a shoe that is as streamlined as his wardrobe. This means a slim contour with a rounded, but not sharp, toe. They are as much stylish as they are masculine.

You don’t have to see the bottom of your shoe to know that its sole takes a good pounding. Picking the right sole should be part of the decision-making when purchasing a new pair of shoes. Do you want a bounce in your step, or do you want an everlasting sole?

There are plenty of stylish and perfectly made shoe options nowadays for the man who seeks more bounce in his step but still wants to look polished. Whether they have full rubber soles, or just rubber inlays, they provide more comfort than leather soles, especially during poor weather conditions.

Of course, they will not be as cushiony as a pair of sporty Nike Free Run sneakers, but if you want real dress shoes, Stacy Adams Shoes is the way to go. You have multiple types of soles to choose from: the slim contoured leather soles that radiate elegance and pair flawlessly with luxurious suits, or the non-leather soles, which create a great look with trim-cut suits or skinny jeans.

STANDARD VS SPECIAL:

The Merits of Handmade Fashion

When you’re trying to create a really unique and individual look, seeing someone else wearing the same pair of shoes, sweater or hat as you can ruin your attempt to stand out. Mass-produced, ‘fast’ fashion is everywhere – but if you really want your taste and style to shine you might need to stray from the herd and look into hand-made, artisan fashion.

Just as mixing shopping center purchases with some one of a kind vintage or a family heirloom can help to elevate your outfit from mass-produced store fashion to true individual style, hand-crafted pieces can really help you to fine tune your outfit and step away from the crowd.

While a whole artisan outfit could be a little extreme, an easy way to incorporate hand-crafted pieces could be through your choice of accessories. This is especially useful for livening up a formal look, where you might be restricted to muted suit and shit combos.

Examples of formal accessories that you could look into to find some unique pieces could be ties, cufflinks or pochettes. One example of a brand that works to create these hand-made and artisan accessories is Duchamp London. Their cufflinks are unique and incredibly detailed, perfect to add some style to an otherwise plain suit, and carry a story of craftsmanship which makes them even more interesting.

The cufflinks are made by Bill Skinner, who is based in a small craft workshop and studio in Kent, England. Duchamp provide him with patterns and designs which he then turns into cufflinks by manipulating and working with metal and stone. The finished results are intricate and extravagant and add flair to formal outfits.

If you want to create an individual look, sourcing hand-made and hand-finished instead of mass-produced accessories and clothing is an ideal way of making sure your look is truly unique. You can avoid those awkward moments when you turn up to an event wearing the same as someone else – or if you both happen to be wearing carefully sourced, artisan pieces, at least you’ve found someone else in the room who has style!