The best – and most useful – finds from the Laughton jumble sale were these vintage brown men’s brogues (50p per pair). A little large and wide, but nothing some thick insoles couldn’t sort out; they’ve cleaned and polished up rather nicely and I should get a fair bit of wear out of them. They’re excellent quality and British-made (have left them in London, so can’t look up the brand-name at this time of posting, I’m afraid), with leather soles; I treated them to a new pair of laces. I’ve always been a bit wary of clumpy brogues, given the size of my feet – can get a bit Well of Loneliness, not that there’s anything wrong with that – but though long as I don’t pair ’em with tweed plus-fours (as if), they’ll be OK. The bigger black pair weren’t quite right for D, who found them a bit too pointed in the toe for his liking. Well, when you buy a pair of Grenson shoes for 50p, you can’t get every little detail right, can you? What does the man expect – bespoke?