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Friday, May 17, 2013
There is something magical about Riccardo Bestetti's shoes. It's hard to pinpoint it as there are so many factors that make them beautiful and maybe that is it. The conglomeration of all the small details, i.e. the hand-finishing, the elegant and tightly shaped lasts, the magnificent and unique patterns, the high sheen polish etc..... Nearly every time I see a new one, I fall in love. Each one of these shown is amazing, particularly the seamless wholecut with added brogue detail, but possibly even more so the absolute best apron split-toe derby that I have ever seen in my life!!! That is simply magical, partly because of it's elegance and partly because I am not a fan of derbys, but I just might take that over most oxfords. Things like this constantly make me appreciate more and more his artwork, not footwear, simply f***ing artwork! Well done my friend, Signore Bestetti!! And of course, well done to the clients that ordered these beauties!!
And for those of you who blindly support the British shoe trade (which is good and even great, don't get me wrong, but it's not all peaches & cream), thinking that it's the end all, be all just because it's made in Britain, well this article will show you what really goes into those shoes that you are buying: http://htl.li/l7H4G ......education is always key!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
|Carmina - Ruby shell cordovan|
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I remember when wearing patent shoes as a non-formal piece of footwear became all the rage. I was working for Nordstrom at the time and every Italian shoemaker was bringing them in their new collections, having 2-4 different models in patent leather alone. It was the time of the bling, and I must admit, even I wanted to get in on it. I therefore found myself buying a pair of black patent Ferragamo loafers even though I had never been to a formal event in my life (outside of high school dances) and did not really plan on attending any in the near future either. But nevertheless, I was keen on getting a pair and rocking them with my regular suits, just as all of the other trend followers were doing too. And like anyone would with their new shoes, I started putting them to use on a semi-regular basis. But then I moved to Europe and things, as well as my taste, started to change. I won't lie, while I probably wouldn't wear them now in the same manner that I did then, I still think that they were a relatively handsome pair that looked good underneath a nice suit. But as time would have it, my thoughts, views on life and sartorial decisions were very different from my young age of 25 to my now even still young age of 29.....
We have reached the age of the shoe shine where everyone is doing their best to become proficient at it. This is a good thing for several reasons. Firstly because there is nothing more unappealing (and just shameful really) then a pair of shoes that looked like the last time it was polished was at the factory before they shipped it out to be sold and yet they are now 2-3 years old. That's just bad shoe hygiene! Secondly, because the ability to shine one's shoes to a high polished state is also the ability to transform one's shoes. And this my friends, is where the magic takes place. Shoe shine and restoration not only allow you to save your shoes from a state of darkness that one can bring them to, but also allow someone to trick themselves in feeling like they have a new pair of shoes (depending on their restoration skills). This is where the idea of black patent no longer being necessary comes into place. Now let's talk about why....
You see, the problem with patent shoes is the fact that they are limiting. One should theoretically only wear them for certain occasions (like formal ones) and with certain outfits (like boring black suits). Unless you are a celebrity who gets invited to every party under the sun, it is really not justifiable for the average person to go shell out a few hundred bucks on a pair of shoes that they will be wearing only a handful of times (within their life!). What's the sense in that? None in my opinion. So what is the alternative? It is simple: a high polish on a simple black dress shoe, whether it be an oxford (preferable) or derby. Pair that with some ribbon laces and you have yourself formal footwear without the need of patent shoes. Now I know that everyone in the world can't take their shoes to a military type of shine, but there are many people who can make your shoes just as shiny as patent would be. While I prefer to have my own shoes polished by hand to a glass-like state, there are many brush shiners (the ones in the chairs) who can also polish to a very glossy shine. If you do this on the same day that your event would be, you will have a shoe that is just as practical as a patent one, but doesn't require you to pay for a new pair of shoes. So if this is the case, what is the purpose for patent shoes? Well that's the question, isn't it.......?
Shoe is the Tony model from my J.Fitzpatrick shoe range with my new ribbon laces, soon to be on my eBay shop
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
For those that don't know, Steven Taffel is the owner of NYC shoe store Leffot. And these bad boys are his new bespoke numbers by Gaziano & Girling. When I first saw these, I must say that I was blown away not only by the shear beauty of them as a whole but also for the execution in the design and details. There is not one thing about them that is out of place or makes them shy of perfect. I must compliment Steven for choosing this design (particularly the alligator bit on the facing) as well as G&G for the making of such a spectacular piece of footwear. Needless to say, I am in quite admiration (not to mention jealousy :-) of this shoe. Well done my friends!!
On another note, G&G (specifically Tony Gaziano) just happens to be doing a trunk show at Leffot today, so if you are in NYC and fancy meeting him or checking out the amazing things that they can do (as shown below), find yourself on Christopher st.....
Friday, May 10, 2013
As the summer time comes (if it ever really does here in London), my mind and sartorial inclinations are often being directed towards loafers, particularly suede ones. Walking past the Crockett & Jones shop in the Burlington arcade the other day, I couldn't help but notice the new Teign model in green suede with crepe sole. While not properly captured here, the shade of that green was simply spectacular and even better was the addition of the crepe sole (Benjy - looks like they beat me to it!!), which simply brings forth a whole other element to the mix. Unlined and lovely, these loafers look like a good excuse to find your way into the shop for some unique acquisitions. And seeing this makes me proud of C&J, as far too often, have I walked by that shop and see nothing but a sea of black and the usual shade of browns. So to see a bit of green and blue suede means progress is about. Well done on them!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
There is nothing like a nice loafer. They are just so simple and easy, and go with so many different things, from suits to chinos to jeans to even shorts if you are feeling really really bold. And most loafers tend to look good, so long as they have a nice shape to them, like this elegantly round toe here, by Rubinacci for Zimmermann & Kim. Now some loafers look better than others, as would obviously be the case. I tend to prefer something that shows a bit of sock, which the effortlessly cool Belgian loafer does. Although, I would prefer them with a nice goodyear welted sole, as those thin ones just don't do it for me, not at least here in concrete London..... maybe if I was full-time loungin' in the Caribbean, if only..... Back to the subject, these, even with their thin soles, are lovely executions of a nice loafer, particularly that burgundy suede....oooh wee! If only I could justify getting a pair...that would be nice, but as I can't, I will leave it all up to you!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Read 'em and weep!
|Alexander Nuralaeff of Dandy Shoe Care, Photo Courtesy of Dapper Edition|
Posted by Justin FitzPatrick, The Shoe Snob at 4:58 PM