Black shoes are essential for…

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Black shoes essential for success and survival


Black shoes have become uniform for most men. To wear brown is still, even in this day an age, seen as less smart, a sign that the wearer doesn’t mean business.

Let’s take a look at some of the situations where mens black shoes are essential. Don’t get left behind by donning brown and not black.

Business

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Black shoes essential for business

If you want to do business, you won’t aid your chances of success by wearing a pair of tan shoes with your suit. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s cool, stylish or avant garde; it’s not.

The people who wear brown on business are making a faux pas – stick with black – or suffer the consequences.

Job interviews

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Black shoes essential for job interviews

Don’t be late, don’t underdress, don’t slouch in the chair, and don’t give a handshake like a limp biscuit. The first few seconds of an encounter with another human being are among the most important.

Under our sharp suits, we’re still cavemen and during those vital first moments of a job interview, your prospective employer is sizing you up. Inevitably, they’ll give your footwear the once over – wear black shoes because initial impressions count.

Funerals

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Black shoes are essential for funerals

Along with bright garish ties, brown shoes at a funeral are an absolute no no. In recent years there has been a move towards wearing jaunty colours to celebrate the life of the deceased. This is not a trend with which to associate yourself.

Marking the death of a friend, relative or associate is about showing respect. A funeral is not a moment for levity; you’re in mourning – wear black shoes.

Soldiers

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Black boots are essential for soldiers

Can you imagine members of our armed forces being permitted to wear brown shoes or boots whilst on duty? For desert warfare, obviously, we make an exception.

In general, the only option for servicemen and women is black shoes or boots, polished to resemble mirrors. Turn up to the parade ground in brown boots and be prepared to be given your marching orders.

Court

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Black shoes are essential in court

If you’ve been a naughty boy, the last thing you’ll want to do is antagonise those sitting in judgement of you. Brown shoes show that you’re not taking the charges seriously.

So if you’re determined to sport brown brogues, you’d best get your affairs in order; you’re going down son. Also, consider the consequences of entering one of Her Majesty’s prisons looking less than sharp – don’t show weakness – wear black.

Gangsters

Simply put: live by the gun, die by the gun – but wear brown shoes and you’ll be the first to lose… your life.

Leather boots and brutal deaths – how football used to be

Today top footballers are highly paid athletes, but this is a recent phenomena.

In the past the ‘beautiful game’ consisted of leather boots, leather ball and brutal deaths. So let’s take a look at the development of our national game.

Origins of football

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The origins of football?


No one is entirely sure, when or where football was first played. Although credited as an English invention of the upper classes, the Chinese may have been playing a ‘football like’ game some 5,000 years ago.

Here in England, during the middle ages, young men from one village would take on those from another in a rudimentary game of football. The winning team was the one that managed to wrestle a ball through a goal, usually in the vicinity of a pub in opposition territory. Such games could be played out through several miles of countryside.

Rough, drunken and taking all day to play, the early game sounds highly entertaining but dangerous. In 1280 the first written account of the kicking ball game tells us that a player was killed when he apparently ran into an opponent’s dagger.

The leather boots

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Old leather boots for football


The world’s first football league was formed here in 1888. The teams that played, sported football kits that resembled pyjamas. A long sleeved jumper and knee breeches were the order of the day, and were worn with long socks and a cap or wooly hat. Boots were made of thick leather.

A single shoe could weigh as much as a kilogram when sodden. The former Manchester United manager, Tommy Docherty, is reported to have said that during the 1950s, six weeks was the period of time required to break in a pair of boots – players used to put them in a bucket of water to soften them.

The leather ball

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Traditional leather football


As the football itself took shape, it became standardised. Originally made from eighteen strips of leather, stitched together and with an inflatable latex bladder inside, footballs were fine to kick and to throw, but heading was a different matter. The ball was waterproofed by applying dubbin but quickly became saturated with water when it rained.

Head and neck injuries were a risk factor for anyone prepared to stick their neck out to head the ball home. When Jeff Astler, the West Bromwich Albion legend died in 2002 at the age of 59, the coroner’s verdict was ‘death by industrial injury’. Astler was a renowned header of the ball. The exercise of his skill during his peak playing years of the late 1960s and 70s caused brain injury similar to that suffered by ‘punch drunk’ boxers.

The beautiful game

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A not so beautiful game for goalkeepers


Simply put, the game was rough and injuries common but perhaps the worst position on the pitch was that of the goalkeeper. A keeper in possession of the ball could be charged by a player or players from the opposing team, and barged over the line for a goal. This rule was changed in 1894 so that rushing the keeper was only allowed if he was playing the ball or obstructing a player from the opposing team.

In the 1957 FA Cup final, Manchester United’s Ray Wood was left lying on the turf, out cold and with a broken cheekbone after he was shoulder-charged – legally – by Aston Villa’s Peter McParland.

The loafers guide to chilling out

Tinker, tailor, soldier or spy — it matters not what a man does for a living. What matters is how a man loafs in his loafers.

Relaxation allows for reflection, consideration and the escape from the shackles of employment. Chilling out, gentlemen, is a fine art. So do it with style.

Comfy Chair

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The perfect chair for chilling out


Every man should have a comfortable perch. Whether it’s a chunky leather recliner or a vintage Frank Doerner swivel chair with matching footstool, demand some melt-into-me seating in your life. Everything begins with a priceless place to sit.

Large Plasma

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Panorama perfection with plasma


A king once sat upon his throne surveying his kingdom from the many windows of his castle. These days the windows to the world are HD plasma ones and they’ll show you everything in every entertaining kingdom in the world. Whether you enjoy the afternoon game, a bit of David Attenborough or a good movie, go large and go plasma.

Tipple

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The perfect tipples for relaxing ripples


Your favoured choice might be a vintage bottle of scotch, or a selection of ales or ciders, or it could be a dusty bottle of wine from a forgotten cellar. Whichever it is, a tipple will cause a ripple, of relaxing vibes to fill the air. And if you’re feeling extra special, give yourself a cigar.

Bookcase

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Built to impress


A fine selection of books adds a kiss of intellectualism to any room , so you don’t need to be a bookworm to enjoy a bookcase. Though allowing your mind to be taken somewhere far away by a good book is a pleasure not to be missed. Entirely up to you of course.

Munch

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Satisfy your appetite


The fridge should be fully stocked with a selection of munch: the ingredients to your favourite meal, a few tasty items you know you shouldn’t eat, but you will anyway, and enough snacks to keep you going long past the midnight film.

Loafers

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Loafers - the only footwear fit for loafing


With a name that suggests taking it easy, loafers are the finishing touch to a relaxing day. Simple in design, comfy too, loafers are all you’ll need to keep your feet warm if you feel inclined to shuffle along somewhere, anywhere or nowhere in particular. The trek to the fridge can seem quite far after all.