journal: leffot

The Fold

These svelte sheaths are about as low tech as you can get, just a single piece of Horween shell cordovan, three folds, and voila — your cash is snugly secured in horse ass leather for safekeeping. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Small – 2.5″ x 2.75″ folded, fits U.S. Dollars and no credit cards

Large – 2.5″ x 3.5″ folded, fits all international currencies plus a credit card or two

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Wildsmith Bloomsbury

Wildsmith was founded in 1847 in England by Matthew and Rebecca Wildsmith, and quickly gained a reputation for making fine footwear. Their quality and attention to detail earned them clientele such as John F. Kennedy, Prince Charles, and Cary Grant. The new era of Wildsmith is still made in Northampton in the tradition of Wildsmith past. Just as we’ve introduced other brands in the past, we’re the first to carry Wildsmith here in the US.

The Bloomsbury loafer was derived from a shoe originally designed for King George VI to wear around the house. It’s an iconic and timeless style that’s been copied by many. These come unlined, which makes them very comfortable for bare feet this summer and beyond. They’re the perfect casual shoe, but still dressy enough for a suit.

“You are either in your bed or in your shoes, so it pays to invest in both.” —John Wildsmith

Wildsmith Bloomsbury Loafer in Black, Tan, or Oak Calf, or Snuff Suede


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Edward Green Holborn

Patent leather is the ultimate material when it comes to formal wear. But it can also be worn less formally and is a chic look for summer.

The Edward Green Holborn in black patent leather and cement soles is a lightweight and soft shoe that can do double duty this summer.

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Double Monk Strap Shoes

The double monk strap shoe is one of the most unique shoes you can buy. It gracefully embodies a number of contradictions. Its of the moment but also very classic. Its simply designed but surprisingly intricate. It comes from a formal background but can be very casual when you want it to be.

We have a number of double monk strap styles in stock at a wide range of prices and styles. From the suede 505 from St. Crispin’s to the oak Ramsey from Alfred Sargent, all would be a versatile and character-filled addition to your wardrobe.

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Our New Website

Welcome to our new website we sincerely hope you enjoy it.

This is our 3rd generation of the site and we think it’s the best yet. We truly appreciate your support and feedback regarding issues, some of which we are aware of.

We believe the streamlined design will enhance the browsing experience and present a clear and easy way to view our Journal and Shop. The design is minimal and elegant and we’ve added several features that we hope you’ll find useful.

Users now have the ability to register and create an account, which expedites checkout and adds the ability to check your order status. You can now make secure purchases by credit card and subscribe to our newsletter, which informs you of upcoming events, new arrivals and pre-orders. Those of you who’ve posted comments will notice that comments has been disabled, frankly that’s because the best way to reach us is directly by email or phone.

The site was a long time in the making and we’re excited to introduce it today and realize that with all things online there will be a few bumps along the way.
You may find a few links that are misdirected or dead, we will be working to fix those as soon as possible. We will also be looking at ways to clarify sizing among shoes brands. Please let us know if you find any issues so we can address them as soon as possible.

As we enter this new phase we wish to thank you all, and tell you how much we appreciate your support and hope to continue to bring you the best men’s shoes and accessories we can find both in store and online.




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Alden Dover, Tan Suede

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect shoe for summer than Alden’s unlined suede Dover blucher. Made on the Barrie last in Tan Suede on Flex Welt soles these shoes are as light and soft as any sneaker, they’re also available in Snuff Suede.

With a quick spray of Nano Protector you can even wear these barefoot in the rain with utmost confidence, of course we’re hoping for sunny days ahead.

Barrie Last, Tan Suede, Flex Welt Soles

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Jazz Age

Summer’s approaching, and it’s time to break out the seersucker and spectator shoes. During the Jazz Age seersucker was de rigueur in the warm summer months. This summer there are two weekends to step back to the roaring twenties and party like a Fitzgerald or Hemingway.

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra hosts the 8th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on governor’s Island. Singer/arranger Arenella brings his 11-piece orchestra’s jazz age sound to the festivities singing, playing cornet and leading his band.

Mr. Arenella inhabits the past as much as anyone thriving in the present can. But making Dreamland a reality takes lots of sweat and shoe leather — from shoes both vintage and custom-made by us. To that end Mr. Arenella favors Edward Green and we have just the ticket for putting on the Ritz.

Edward Green Henley


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Borsalino Small Brim Fedora in Navy Canapa

We just received a shipment of Borsalino small-brim fedoras, made for us in Italy with softly woven Navy canapa (hemp).

An updated take on a classic style, this hat is perfect for the warm days ahead.

Borsalino Small Brim Fedora


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Borsalino Straw Fedora