Our fourth question this week is on my shoe collection video it's from Colin MacDonald and reads "Kirby, Great to see another man showing his shoes. One thing I'd like explained is why do some shoes sit flat on the floor while others curl up at the toe. I know which I prefer, but just what is going on? So Colin there's really two answers to this question. The first one is that, you know, some shoes that are just really cheaply made they just curl upwards and it's by really no other reason than the fact that it's just a very poorly and cheaply made shoe. But that phenomenon can even happen with a very well-made dress shoe if you're not storing them properly. So I've got a pair of my woven shoes here, that I used earlier and that I'll use to kind of illustrate this point. So whenever you're walking, the shoe is naturally flexing right. So it's very common for the toe or for the outsole to just develop a little bit of a curve right? Because again, you've been walking in your shoe every single day. So if you take your shoes home at the end of the night, you take them off, you know they've absorbed a lot of moisture or perspiration from your foot throughout the day, and then you just leave them to dry, then they'll naturally begin to curl as the leather dries out. One of the other things that exaggerates this is that oftentimes the upper will dry faster than the sole of the shoe. And as that happens the leather kind of contracts and shrinks, which again, exaggerates that curling effect on the shoe itself. So if you're not storing your shoes with shoe trees, at some point your shoe then has a permanent memory of just being slightly curled. So that's why here at The Hanger Project we absolutely recommend always storing your shoes with a shoe tree. Really as soon as you take your shoes off, I recommend putting your shoe tree in. And then also pulling your shoe and kind of flexing it flat to make sure that as your shoe dries it's going to dry flat and straight with its original shape. Now one of the other benefits of using a shoe tree, and of course it wouldn't really matter so much on an issue with the woven vamp, is that again as you straighten this leather back out, it's going to help prevent creasing across the vamp of the shoe itself. So again, shoe trees are critical along with using a shoehorn of course are probably the two most important things that you can do to take care of a beautiful pair of dress shoes. And while we're talking about shoe storage,one of the things that I always do is I always tie my shoes before I've put them back into my closet for storage, because again, it's just helping kind of maintain the shape of the shoe so that it doesn't develop any type of unnecessary creasing. So if you'd like to see my closet make sure you check out my closet tour video and then we also have another video that's called a Daily Maintenance for Calfskin Shoes, where we talk a little bit more about proper shoe storage. Colin, thank you for your question and we look forward to sending you a pair of our Sovereign Grade shoelaces.
So our last question today segment is on the Kirby Allison's Favorite Ties video where I outline some of my favorite ties, and it is from a William Sweetnam which reads "I enjoyed the video and your tie selection is spot on. I also like your suit, particularly the fabric. Can you tell us more about the suit that you're wearing?" So great question. I'm actually I guess wearing the same jacket that I was in that particular video. And this is a just black odd coat that I had as part of my stroller. Now stroller is one of the formal British dress codes that was traditionally a daytime business wear. And so it was a black jacket, a waistcoat, white shirt and a pair of trousers, either gray trousers, houndstooth, or more formally kind of the pinstripe trousers. So traditionally the pinstripe trousers these days are worn with the next step up from a stroller, which is morning wear and so that's where you're actually wearing a morning coat. It's what I wear to Ascot whenever I go every year, and sometimes on a particularly formal Sunday like on Easter, I might wear those pinstriped trousers with my stroller. So whenever I travel to London, I always take my stroller with me because it's again a versatile garment that I can really wear three different ways. I can wear it as I'm wearing it today, which is really just as an odd jacket and a pair of grey trousers, or I can put my waistcoat on and wear it like this, again it's not a stroller because I don't have a formal tie. Or I can put a formal tie on. You know like a black grenadine or a burgundy grenadine or one of the black ties that we sell here at The Hanger Project and I'll add the slip which is a little white border that goes on the waistcoat and then it's a proper stroller, totally appropriate for a Sunday service or stroll down German Street. I hope that answers your question, William, thank you for asking it. You know I really could film an entire video about the stroller. Maybe we'll do that one day here at The Hanger Project. In the meantime, I look forward to sending you a pair of our Sovereign Grade shoelaces. And again, thank you for your question.
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