It’s On Sale: Herring Shoes
If you’re located in the US and interested in (relatively) affordable footwear, rejoice. Herring’s shoes are now available through a US store. Traditionally, most guys have had to purchase their Herrings through the company’s UK site, but that comes with customs and duties, and possibly a bit of hassle if you have to make a return or an exchange.
Now, however, they’re available at Gentlemen’s Footwear, which is an online shop located in San Diego. They offer free shipping, and while returns come with a 10% restocking fee, exchanging for size is easy. This takes some of the stress out if you just want to try out the brand to see if it’s right for you.
At the moment, Gentlemen’s Footwear is running a promotion on their entire Herring stock. Take 10% off with the checkout code herring10. That puts these suede oxfords at $175 and these black cap toes at $265. Sale items can be returned as well (just not Last Pair Clearance items).
This is the 17th-century equivalent of our watch. Made out of ivory, most of these so-called diptych dials were produced in the German city of Nuremberg. This one is signed by its maker, the instrument maker Hans Truschel, who made it in 1603. The top image shows the instrument closed, in the lower image it is opened up. A small pin would be placed in the horizontal half of the instrument and from it a little string would lead to the vertical half (note the tiny red string in the lower image). When placed in the correct orientation the instrument would tell time, quite accurately, just like its better known bigger brother did, the sun dial found in gardens and attached to houses. Imagine taking this gadget out of your pocket in the 17th-century street to check what time it was. Cool.
Pic: Columbia, University Library, Smith Instrument 27-225. More on this instrument here.