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…and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Readily available, US-made bucks, saddle shoes, and chukkas—complete with Goodyear construction, and priced mighty reasonably. Yes, please.

Oh, and did I mention the sheer volume of colors and styles on offer? Just take a look at this (perhaps overly generous) sampling:

Yeah, that’s a hell of a lot of good looking shoes.

Personally, I’m eying the navy bucks with the red brick sole. And the gray saddle shoes. In a big way.

Hit it up now, and get ready for the warm weather.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Walk-Over)

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A new batch of Quoddy just hit at Trés Bien. There’s ten styles on offer, and these four are my favorites of the bunch.

The standout? Gotta be that Maliseet oxford in brown Chromexcel with a crepe sole. Sure, it’s a little intense. But damn it looks good.

I’m also seriously digging the suede blucher options—especially that navy version with the brick sole. How you gonna argue with blue suede shoes?

Finding it hard to argue with cognac suede shoes, too. Now that I think about it.

And even though it’s a bit more understated than the other picks I’ve got here, the beefroll penny loafer in brown Chromexcel is a very well executed take on the style. The gum sole is a great touch.

So, yeah. Basically, I like these shoes.

It’s Trés Bien, so you know people are gonna move in quick and scoop stuff up. Get moving if any of these strike your fancy, and hit up the Quoddy brand section to see the full lineup of styles.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Trés Bien)

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These are a fantastic take on the saddle shoe. Gotta love that Color 8 cordovan upper and the way the brown alpine grain leather provides the perfect counterpoint. Complete with a flex welt sole, and done up on the Barrie last (one of the most comfortable lasts I’ve ever worn).

They hit at Leffot very recently, but nevertheless have sold out in everything but 7.5 and 11.5. If you’re relatively small- or large-footed, rejoice! If not, I guess you’ll have to be content to just stare at them (like me).

They’ll run you $550, if you’re one of the lucky ones that can fit into the remaining sizes.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Leffot)

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Run of the Mill Shop just launched their SS11 stuff online, and it’s a really impressive showing. Cutaway collar private label shirting, an exquisitely executed Monitaly blazer…and, of course, the fine specimen you see here.

Behold the ROTM private label double monk strap shoes. Made in Italy, fully lined in calfskin, Rapid constructed, and graced with a rounded toe that I much prefer to the (overly) aggressive styling on many other iterations of the shoe.

These are gonna blow up. And with good reason. They’re just so damn good. Well done indeed to the ROTM boys.

They’re up for pre-order now. That will last for exactly one month (starting today), and delivery is expected in late April/early May.

Sizes run from 5-14D, and 5-11EE.

Price hits at $405. From what I can tell regarding the manufacture (and of course the style), it’s a steal. You’re simply not going to find a better value out there.

Get ’em while they’re hot.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of ROTM Shop)

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Maybe everyone has known about this and I’m just late to the game. But I didn’t know, and it was exciting as hell to me.

SO! For for anyone that isn’t aware–or just as a reminder–you can score a few really nice pairs of Tricker’s on Sierra Trading Post of all places. They’ve got three shoe styles (a shortwing, a cap toe, and a saddle) and one pair of shortwing brogue boots. Every single one of ’em is a damn fine sight.

The shortwings–complete with a Dainite sole–in Coffee. Also available in Nut Brown and Black…

Cap toes in Black Calf. Also available in Beechnut Antique Calf…

Saddles. This is the sole colorway for these puppies. Good thing it’s a good one…

And the boots. Also with a Dainite sole (like the shortwing shoe)…

Prices are marked down to $385 for the shoes and $399 for the boots, but if you use the coupon code SHOPSOCIAL1 (good until the 24th) you can knock another 30% off that. Works out to $269.50 for the shoes and $279.30 for the boots. That’s an insane deal for a pair of top-notch, handmade British shoes.

I’m getting a seriously itchy trigger finger myself, honestly. But instead of hoarding the knowledge (and footwear) for myself, I’m putting the word out.

Don’t say I never did nothin’ for you.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Sierra Trading Post)

**UPDATE/Ed’s Note**

I was seriously considering picking up a pair of these for myself, so I’ve been doing some research on sizing. Apparently most Tricker’s from the country collection run large and wide. A 9.5 would equate to a 10E or a 10.5D in US sizing. In comparison to the Alden Barrie last (which  I own, so I found this helpful) it’s a half size large. So a 9.5 in Tricker’s equates to a 10D on the Barrie. I’m guessing that the saddle and the brogues (both the shoe and the boot) would accord with this sizing, but that’s just my estimation.

On the dress collection (which I believe the cap toes would fall into), the sizing is less generous–probably a half size as opposed to a full size difference vs. US sizing. A 9.5 in Tricker’s dress would equate to a 9.5E or a 10D in US sizing, or a 9.5D on the Alden Barrie.

Again: all of this is gleaned from internet research. Can’t vouch for it personally, but I figured I’d do my best to save folks some time if they’re looking to pull the trigger on a pair. If you have any personal experience or advice, I implore you to share it in the comments.

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The post-holiday sale is still going strong over at Need Supply, and they just opened it up to bring in a whole slew of new items. It’s a really solid selection, especially considering the whole “sale” aspect of the affair. And while there’s a strong showing for the cold weather gear (no surprise), some of what they have on offer could stick with you through the warmer months as well. Also, given the fact that it’s not actually going to warm up for a good long while, there’s no harm in grabbing a few winter-friendly pieces now.

Since sales like this are pretty damn fine opportunities to stock up, I’ve gone ahead and perused the offerings with what I assure you is entirely selfless intent. (Read: “I’ve been fiending over pretty much every item shown below, but seeing as I can’t indulge that impulse for fear of putting myself in the poorhouse, I figured I’d put together a list of some of my favorites here.”) Here’s a few picks for things to get while the getting’s good.

1. Sebago Fairhaven Boots – $80 (down from $140)

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2. Rachel Comey Uncle Dan Oxfords – $100 (down from $285)

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3. Sperry Olive/Brick Chukkas – $90 (down from $120)

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4. Wing + Horns Corded Cloth Pants – $180 (down from $228)

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5. APC Short Duffle Coat – $430 (down from $560)

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6. J.W. Hulme Co. Classic Oxford Field Briefcase – $200 (down from $285)

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7. Wing + Horns Flecked Tweed Vest – $360 (down from $470)

Both heather gray and charcoal are available

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8. Norse Projects Janus Shirt – $150 (down from $200)

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9. Vanishing Elephant Downing Shirt – $70 (down from $125)

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10. Norse Projects Kopingsvig Crewneck Sweater – $140 (down from $250)

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Click on any of the headings above to jump over to the Need Supply site and pick something up. After all, you have to burn that holiday money now, before it goes bad.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Need Supply)

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These guys are so damn killer I can’t even get my shit together to write a series of coherent sentences about them.

Whiskey cordovan…Contrasting tan midsole…18 pairs…Double leather sole…Stupid good looking…

Want.

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Available exclusively at Epaulet ($650).

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Epaulet)

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