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Archive for April, 2009

Shoetree

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A shoetree is a device that goes into a shoe when not worn to absorb moisture and preserve shape.
There are two types of shoetrees: split toe and solid.

Why you want it: Absolutely mandatory, shoetrees preserve your shoes for years. Get cedar only.

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Bat Wing (Bow Tie)

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A bow tie for which the wings of the tie are not V-shaped but rather completely straight.

Why you want it: Tends to be narrower. Very modern and sleek. Creates a strong horizontal line at the neck.

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Thistle (Bow Tie)

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A bow tie that, when untied has an X-like shape in that it flares out from the middle. Also known as a butterfly for its resemblance to the bug.

Why you want it: It’s the most common and the most practical. A classic.

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Diamond Tip

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A type of tip of a bow tie shaped like the corner of a diamond. Instead of the outer edges of the bow tie being vertical and flat, they come to a corner. Also known as a diamond point.

Why you want it: It’s old school and it’s new school at the same time. Long neglected in fashion, it’s back in style and brings a very hip, updated look to the bow tie.

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Tartan

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Tartan is a Scottish plaid that, technically speaking features a grid of perfect squares. These days, however, the term has come to loosely describe any plaid pattern made or designed in Scotland. Clans in Scotland often have tartans by which one can readily recognize the clan.

Why you want it: A wool Tartan always gives that authentic Scottish, yet ever-so preppy feel. Seek it out for ties particularly.

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Split Toe Shoetree

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A split toe shoetree is a shoetree with three pieces of wood (or plastic, depending on the material used). The first piece is the heel which is attached to a metal rod, and the second and third piece, also attached to that metal rod, are for the toe area. The signature aspect of a split toe shoetree is that the toe portion is two pieces, one on either side of the rod.

Why you want it: Great for softer shoes like handmade pieces.

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Solid Shoetree

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A solid shoetree is a shoetree with two pieces of wood (or plastic, depending on the material used). The first piece is the heel which is attached to a metal rod, and the second piece, also attached to that metal rod, is for the toe area. The signature aspect of a solid shoetree is that the toe portion is not two pieces, one on either side of the rod. That is the split toe shoetree.

Why you want it: Great for rigid shoes. Not so good for soft leather.

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