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Photography by Ms Linda Brownlee | Styling by Mr Dan May
Words by Mr Peter Henderson

There's something about shoes: they have the power to make or break an outfit, and they tend to be the first thing that people notice about what you're wearing - especially the first thing that women notice. Don't just take our word for it, though. The models Ms Daisy Lowe, Ms Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Ms Abbey Clancy have all told MR PORTER as much in interviews, while the actress Ms Ruta Gedmintas explained to us last year that "the first thing I notice about a man's outfit is his shoes, straight away. Whether they are big biker boots, scuffed trainers or polished brogues, shoes will always make me wonder what he does". Shoes are, in fact, such an important part of any man's wardrobe that we decided to dedicate this issue of The Journal to them. To mark this, we tracked down the men behind five footwear labels that we stock, visiting them in diverse locations, from London to Maine, to photograph them in their work environments. Click through the gallery above to meet the men behind Grenson, Jimmy Choo, Quoddy, Mr. Hare and Common Projects, and to read more about each brand's footwear.

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