Author: LS

Waikiki & Beverly Hills

January 15, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – Self Edge

Self Edge is the only place to go outside of Japan for the best selection of premium Japanese jeans, clothing, and accessories.

With three locations in the US: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, my friends Kiya and Demitra Babzani have an amazing business, one that I truly look up to and respect.

Tom’s Tip: Start with a lighter weight denim, then work your way up to one of Iron Heart’s famous heavier denims. They are intense but well worth their weight.

Self Edge

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January 15, 2013

New Balance – M1300ER (LSDT)

Since you can’t wear “Leather Soul” shoes for every occasion, we’re introducing some “Rubber Soul” shoes for those times when leather soles don’t make sense.

We are proud to introduce New Balance’s Made in USA and Made in UK to Hawaii, available in Hawaii only at Leather Soul Downtown.

First up is the M1300ER, available in sizes 7-12D.


Categories: Brands, Casual Shoes, New Balance

Alden Shoe – Plaza Balmoral (LSW)

It’s been about 5 years since we’ve had the Plaza Balmoral in stock. (Please see the last photo to see how a 5 year old pair has aged.) After the initial response in-store we realize that it should be a shoe we have on order constantly.

A simple and versatile shoe, the Plaza Balmoral works great with suits all the way down to jeans. One may even wear the black version with a tuxedo.

Available in black or color #8 shell cordovan.


Categories: Alden, Brands, Dress Shoes


January 9, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – JJ Dolan’s

JJ Dolan’s has been serving the best NY style pizza in Hawaii since 2008, in of all places, Chinatown. My buddy Jay Niebuhr and his pal Danny Dolan, veterans of the Honolulu restaurant and bar business, decided to combine two of my favorite things: the Irish pub and the NY style pizza parlor, thus creating my go to “pau hana” spot, walking distance from Downtown Honolulu.

Tom’s Tip: Get the Giacomo, it’s their signature pie, but add onions to make it a Shoedaddy special.

JJ Dolan’s
1147 Bethel Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

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Waikiki & Beverly Hills

January 8, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – The Armoury

The Armoury in Hong Kong is my favorite menswear shop in the world. My friends, Mark Cho, Ethan Newton, and Alan See run the most incredible store you will ever step foot into. The curated selection of clothing: Ring Jacket, Orazio Luciano, Liverano & Liverano, as well as a fine tuned collection of leather goods and footwear, make this haberdashery second to none.

Tom’s Tip: Follow their Tumblr page: The Armoury Lightbox to completely and insanely inspired.

The Armoury
307 Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2804 6991

The Armoury 2
B62 Landmark Central
15 Queen’s Road Central
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2810 4990

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January 7, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – Yakiniku Hiroshi

Yakiniku Hiroshi is probably my favorite place to eat in Hawaii. The quality and cuts of meat are second to none and comparable to some of the better yakiniku restaurants in Japan in my opinion.

For those who are unfamiliar with yakiniku style dining, flavorful cuts of raw meat are served to you and you grill the meat right on your table to your liking. A variety of side dishes and soups accompany the meal.

Yakiniku Hiroshi also boasts a great selection of fine wines but I prefer their Japanese “nama” or draft beer on tap.

Tom’s Tip: Order the Platinum Course. It’s the priciest course meal on the menu but also the best value and will leave you completely satisfied.

Yakiniku Hiroshi
339 Royal Hawaiian Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

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