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How To Lace Formal Dress Shoes

You are likely on this page because the shoelaces your dress shoes came with snapped, and you’ve just realized that you’d never figured out how to lace your own shoes. However, the function of shoelaces (also known as “shoestrings”) extend far beyond keeping your footwear secure, they’re also one of the quickest, easiest, and economical…

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How To Tell Real Ox Horn From Plastic

Before plastics were invented, polished horn was the choice material for buttons, shoe horns, combs, spectacle frames, mugs etc. Like plastic, horns are relatively lightweight, long-lasting, and easy to work with. With the advent of plastics, however, the synthetic material has widely taken the place of the traditional horn, producing cheaper and more aesthetically-perfect products.…

Things To Look Out For When Buying Leather

If you have tried to purchase a leather wallet, or a pair of leather shoes from a departmental store, chances are you’d have seen a ‘Genuine Leather’ mark somewhere on the product. Most people will assume that just because it is 100% genuine leather, it’ll be extremely durable and age beautifully. This false belief arises from the misconception…

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Leather Shoes vs Man-made Leather Shoes

What is Man-made leather? Also commonly known as faux leather, pleather or synthetic leather, man-made leather is commonly made from polyvinyl chloride, called PVC, and polyurethane, called PU leather. Sheets of these polymers are heat-stamped with an artificial leather grain to make them look like leather. Large quantities of these polymers can be easily produced at low cost,…