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Beckett Simonon Hoyt Monk Strap Review

beckett simonon hoyt monk strap review

Not gonna lie: I have a soft spot for monk straps. Sure, they’re not as formal as oxfords, and you don’t see them worn as often. But if you get yourself a sweet pair, you can pull them off with just about any outfit.

Beckett Simonon just sent me their Hoyt monk strap dress shoes. Get PRAKTICALA’s take by reading the Beckett Simonon Hoyt monk strap review below! And don’t forget to use our exclusive promo cod PRAKTICALA20 for 20% off your order!

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Beckett Simonon Valencia Wholecut Oxfords Review

beckett simonon valencia wholecut oxfords review

Beckett Simonon is really starting to collect a formidable gallery of made-to-order dress shoes. Their latest (at least for me) is the wholecut Valencia oxford. Check out our Beckett Simonon Valencia wholecut oxfords review below!

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Owen Edward Oxford Dress Shoe Review

owen edward oxford dress shoe review

I recently received a pair of “The Owen” oxford dress shoes from a newly-launched company, Owen Edward.

The business model and approach behind the company are just the kind of thing we like at PRAKTICALA, so I was happy to take a closer look. Read our Owen Edward oxford dress shoe review below!

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Beckett Simonon Dean Oxford Dress Shoe Review

beckett simonon dean oxford dress shoe review

The last time PRAKTICALA featured a pair of black oxfords was when we reviewed Beckett Simonon’s Caine oxfords. That was a long time ago.

Beckett Simonon recently sent me their latest update on the black dress shoe, the Dean oxfords, for review. Check out PRAKTICALA’s Beckett Simonon Dean Oxford dress shoe review below!

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Beckett Simonon Durant Brogues Dress Shoe Review

beckett simonon durant brogues dress shoe review

Beckett Simonon has grown quickly over the last few months.  There were only a couple of shoes on their website when I first bought the Caine oxfords for my wedding a few years ago. Since then, they’ve added several new products, including loafers, brogues, sneakers, bomber jackets, and backpacks.

PRAKTICALA did extensive field testing for their latest pair of shoes. Read the Beckett Simonon Durant brogues dress shoe review below!

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John Doe Shoes Calfskin Garein Briefcase Review

john doe shoes garein calfskin briefcase review

In the contest between backpack and briefcase, you should choose the briefcase.

Although I recently reviewed John Doe Shoes’ very nice pair of Whisky Box Calf Bonucci Oxfords, I actually gave John Doe Shoes a shot last year with their calfskin Garein briefcase.

The photos from the website didn’t really give me an accurate idea of the product, but the promise of full-grain leather was too good for me to pass up. I took a chance and ordered one of the last units available. Fortunately, I wasn’t disappointed!

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John Doe Shoes Whisky Box Calf Bonucci Oxford Review

john doe shoes whisky box calf bonucci oxford review

John Doe Shoes is a brand I’ve had my eye on for awhile – since my original search for decent shoes for my wedding. I originally passed them over in favor of trying other brands, largely because the product photography on the website wasn’t that great (sorry).

Since then, their photography has improved, as has their inventory, making them a more prominent player in the startup footwear category. I finally was able to get a pair – read my John Doe Shoes Whisky Box Calf Bonucci Oxford review below!

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Review: Beckett Simonon Premium Oxford Brogue Dress Shoes

beckett simonon premium oxford brogue dress shoes

A few months ago I wrote about Beckett Simonon’s upcoming “premium” line of dress shoes – a project they got off the ground with a successful Kickstarter campaign.

After a lot of waiting, I finally got my hands on a pair of the Beckett Simonon Premium Oxford Brogue dress shoes, and I’m excited to share the details with you.

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Beckett Simonon Premium Dress Shoes on Kickstarter

Image courtesy of Beckett Simonon.

UPDATE: These shoes are in! Check out my review here!

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Beckett Simonon must be doing something right because their business is really starting to take off: recently, they announced yet another line of “premium” shoes that are being funded initially through Kickstarter. So what about the shoes that I already have? What are they, chopped liver??

Though I’m not 100% sure about what makes the upcoming line more “premium” than the Beckett Simonon shoes I’ve reviewed in the past, I do know that they’ve added a ton of new styles and colors, most notably burgundy (which you need to wear more often) and pebbled brown. The assortment of styles include monk straps (cool), loafers WITH TASSELS (FAHncy), brogues (can’t beat ‘em), and chukkas.

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Review: Cohen Loafers by Beckett Simonon

Last year I reviewed Beckett Simonon’s Caine Oxford cap-toes and determined that they provided a decent value for the price, offering many high-end features (full-grain leather and goodyear welting) normally found on much more expensive shoes.

Beckett Simonon’s shoe lineup has since been updated. I was able to get my hands on a pair of their Cohen loafers to see some of the changes in person.

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EDIT: Beckett Simonon is launching a somewhat new, pre-order based business model, so the Cohen loafers are no longer available. You can read about the relaunched business here, or visit here to see Beckett Simonon’s current lineup of products.

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