FIVE THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT FOOTWEAR

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We travel around the world sourcing some of the finest footwear we can find. All of the shoes we carry in the shop are stitched construction, Goodyear welted (most of them), leather uppers and soles, leather lined, wood block heels and are built to last.  As a result, we’re proud of the shoe collections we offer in the city and have learned a thing or two about footwear along the way.

What follows is a short list of some useful things we’ve learned:

1. The heel slip

A heel that slips slightly is not necessarily an indication of a poor fit. In most cases, this just means that the heel counter (the hard part that holds the shape of the heel) is not yet broken in. If your shoe is well made, this will soften and mold to your feet after just a few wears, so no need to fret.

2. You should really, really use shoe trees

Not only do they help your shoes maintain their shape and resist creasing (more on that soon), but they also absorb moisture – dramatically prolonging the life of your favourite shoes.  The sweat from your feet actually dries out the leather.

When you’re making an investment in quality footwear, it makes sense to give them the care they deserve.

3. Do not call a shoemaker a cobbler

A cobbler repair shoes and shoemakers make them.

4. Shoe Polish doesn’t condition leather

While it isn’t necessarily bad for leather, polish will actually dry the leather out over a long period of time. Polishing your shoes should be followed by using shoe conditioner cream.  This counteracts its drying effect and treats the leather.

The leather of your shoes should be treated like your skin. It needs be be moisturized.

5. Your shoes will crease

No matter what, regardless of their quality, creasing is a natural part of leather aging and evolving. Some will crease more than others but it is a fact of life.

In fact, we encourage our customers to appreciate the wabi sabi of their shoes aging and becoming their own. Much like a nice pair of raw denim, we always love seeing customers’ well-worn shoes that have served them for years.

Sydney’s carries a selection of cedar shoe trees, leather conditioner, polish, laces, and other shoe care items.

SYDNEY’S GUIDE: FIVE REASONS TO LOVE COPENHAGEN

We were fortunate to visit Copenhagen this summer and we’ve come up with five reasons to love the city.

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REASON #1
Bikes are god.

Finally, a place where bikes are given the respect they deserve.  Bikes lanes are given new meaning in Copenhagen.  They are the size of Toronto’s streets.  Biking in Copenhagen is far from the feeling of a Torontonian death sentence, it’s a social thing (they bike side by side here and have conversations) and it’s the best way to get around.

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The food.

Like everybody else, we tried to score a table at Noma and failed. But amazing quality, locally sourced food with a focus on traditional Danish produce can be found everywhere in Copenhagen. From Torvehallerne (an urban food market) to Bocuse d’Or winning Geranium (located on the eighth floor of Denmark’s national soccer stadium) to Aamanns’ open faced sandwiches (a Danish thing).

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REASON #3
The city’s architecture and public spaces.

Everywhere you look in Copenhagen, you will witness good design.

Superkilen is an urban park divided into three areas, red, green and black (captured above). Part of an urban improvement plan coordinated by the City of Copenhagen in a partnership with Realdania, the objective was to upgrade the Nørrebro neighbourhood to a high standard of urban development liable to inspire other cities and districts.

The park was built by Superflex and the famous BIG architects.

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REASON #4
Minimalism.

When you’re short of time, Illums Bolighus is the one-stop international flagship of Danish modern living, design and furnishings for generations.

The best of Danish and Scandinavian Design.

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REASON #5
And finally, our final reason to love Copenhagen…THERE IS A FUCKING amusement park in the middle of the city!

Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park and pleasure garden in the city centre of Copenhagen.  You literally step off the train, exit the train station, cross the street and start riding the turn of the century rides!  Best known for its wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen, which was built in 1914, it is one of world’s oldest wooden roller coasters that is still operating today. An operator controls the ride by braking down the hills so it won’t gain too much speed. The roller coaster is an American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) classic.

Tivoli Gardens opened on August 15, 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world.

The park provided inspiration for Walt Disney. Disney was so impressed with the Danish amusement park, he immediately decided Disneyland should try to emulate Tivoli’s “happy and unbuttoned air of relaxed fun.”

INTRODUCING: UPSTATE STOCK

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American made, in New York state.

Upstate Stock has everything we look for in a brand — quality, traditional production techniques, care, attention to detail and a product that is as functional as it is beautiful and simple.

Upstate Stock is rooted in the integrity of American manufacturing. After searching for a factory that met the pair’s meticulous manufacturing standards, Upstate Stock sourced a factory in business since 1946 that is 100% family owned and operated—combining four generations of knowledge of the knit accessories business. Most of the employees have been working there for over a decade.

Every piece is produced by Shima Seiki machines. Technologically ground-breaking when they were introduced to America in the 1970’s, these machines would produce knitted garments according to the pattern submitted by the operating engineer. These machines are quite significant as they act as an early link between American workwear and Japanese technology.

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Following the initial construction in the Shima Seiki machine, the gloves are then passed on to be finished by hand — this includes finishing the seams, wash, dye treatment and a pre-shrink to tighten the yarn and ensure durability. Following this they are formed, tagged and completed. Any gloves that aren’t perfect are donated to charity.

Sydney’s is pleased to offer a selection of Upstate Stock mittens and gloves made exclusively from Ragg Wool.

Pair them with a scarf and toque from United Stock Dry Goods to get ready for the winter weather that is right around the corner.

View the Upstate Stock Collection here

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS: A LOOK AT MISMO

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When we first came across Mismo, we were amazed by the quality of materials and the level of detail in their designs.

Mismo is a Nordic design atelier focusing on a stripped down and minimalist approach to design. For Mismo, luxury is not in the embellishments or add-ons, but in the integrity of the design and quality construction. Each detail on a Mismo bag serves a practical purpose and adds to the functionality of the bag.

The Mismo M/S Utility bag is a flexible duffle/work bag that can be adjusted in size by attaching the snap hooks in each corner of the bag to the brass D-rings on the gusset. Features an outside pocket, YKK Excella double zipper, inside zip pocket and opposite two deep open pockets. Comes with an adjustable leather shoulder strap.

The materials are also carefully considered. The body of the bags is made from a special tight woven Italian nylon with a water-repellent coating.  The leather trimmings are a custom vegetable tan, full-grain bridle leather developed for Mismo. All Mismo bags are lined in 100% cotton fabric.  And, the trimmings are all solid brass with varnish protection.

“The devil is in the details” is a saying you’ll hear a lot of in the shop and this idea is absolutely reflected in Mismo’s bags.

Shop Mismo bags in-store now or online.