Smart and hard.

New advert for Dr Martens footwear.  Ironic how just a few years ago they did their best to distance themselves from the skinhead scene, which basically was entirely responsible for putting this brand on the map.  Now that "skinhead" has been taken over by PC-revisionists and 40 year old newborns who've created a sterile caricature of itself, looks like Dr Marten is back to cashing in.  Still, this is a nice looking ad, I will give them that.  But if you need this type of footwear Solovair or Gripfast are imho better options.  But taken at face value, this photo is smart and hard.

The Wolves.

Japanese cinematic classic, 1970's Yakuza epic "Shussho Iwai" directed by Hideo Gosha, and starring Tatsuya Nakadai.  Amazingly shot film, tremendous cinematography and complex storyline that has a lot of soul and emotion to it.  Also very violent.  The USA dvd version was changed to "The Wolves".

Killer look.

Lee Marvin looking the business from 1964's The Killers.  Killer look.

Thick as Thieves

One of my favorite bands, The Jam.  Their song of the same name was the inspiration behind our name.  thick as Thieves.

Weekend casual.

Paul Stuart burgundy casual brogues made for the Japanese Paul Stuart market.  Very supple soft leather, with white rubber dress sole and white contrast stitching.  One of the most comfortable proper shoes I've ever worn.  Weekend casual.

Wearing right now.

My current fave pair of shoes.  Oxblood laceups by Paul Smith.  Wearing right now.

Happy Halloween.

Interestingly, so it's told, our current modern custom of "trick or treating" on Halloween came about as a way of offering protection money from small businesses to local thugs who would dress in masks to hide their identity while they smashed your property if you didn't comply.  Happy Halloween.

Recommended product.

One of the best products for your shoe care.  Venetian Cream is expensive, but a little goes a long way.  And it's results are superb.  Gives lifeless leather shoes a brilliant finish without resorting to coating it with silicone based ingredients which so many "insta-shine" products contain.  This product works especially well on cordovan leather, where it's generally not recommended to OVER-polish, but an occasional coating of Venetian helps take away the dullness that cordovan develops over time.  Recommended product.

Vintage babe.

Great still of Britt Eklund from Michael Caine classic "Get Carter".  Vintage babe.

Rising sun modernists.

A modern photo, but definitely looks like it could have been taken in 1964.  Japanese scooterists/modernists looking the business.  Rising sun modernists.