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Men's shoe store Leffot in the West Village tends to inspire rapturous praise among guys who care about footwear, and Critical Shopper Jon Caramanica is no exception. He's most impressed with the owner, Steven Taffel, whose personal attentions have inspired an active following on Twitter, Facebook, and the store's own blog. "Everything was worth touching, from loafers to work boots to suede brogues to moccasins," Caramanica writes. "Catching me admiring a burgundy boot, Mr. Taffel asked if I had ever owned cordovan leather shoes with the same curious, conspiratorial tone he might use to ask if I’d ever made love to a Frenchwoman, nodding sympathetically when I told him I hadn’t, then assuring me, 'You will.'" [NYT]


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