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Monthly Archive: April 2014

April 30, 2014

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Barker Black is Back!

Not that Barker Black really went anywhere but I just feel like I have not seen much of them, so when I saw these new loafers (below) that they just came out with for S/S2014, it made me dig a little further to see what else they have been working on. This double monk in brown for example was something they released last A/W and I must say that it is quite spectacular. The white […]

April 29, 2014

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New George Cleverley Bespoke Model

In bespoke there are no limits to what you can do with a shoe. This simple fact however can be a blessing and a curse. Sure there are some guys who know dead-on what they want and that makes it’s simple, but what about when you want to create something new? When the possibilities are limitless, the task of choosing what you want can be quite daunting. That’s why it is nice to be able […]

April 28, 2014

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Bespoke G&G’s – Nearly There!

  My bespoke Gaziano & Girling boots are finally starting to take form, after all this time. I think part of the reason that they have taken so long, not to mention how busy G&G have been with a new factory and a new flagship shop in London which is now open, is due to the fact that I had created a design from scratch. This was a design that I had originally intended for […]

April 25, 2014

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Trunk Show at Skoaktiebolaget May 9th/10th

  X Dear Readers, In two weeks from now I will find myself in the wonderful country of Sweden, partaking in a trunk show for J.FitzPatrick Footwear at the great shop of Skoaktiebolaget in the Humlegardsgatan district of Stockholm. For all those native to that area (or even if you are not but live nearby) it would be a pleasure to meet you in person and present to you the shoes that I have worked hard […]

April 24, 2014

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Camel – The New Exotic by Corthay

Corthay has come up with a new leather to use that I don’t believe has ever really been utilized in the high end shoe industry (not at least in the modern era), and that is the likes of good ‘ol camel. Supposedly it’s pliability (8x that of calf) makes it a really durable, yet also very comfortable leather to wear. My question is how would it take a shine? Probably not very well as most […]

April 23, 2014

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Il Quadrifoglio – True Beauty

When a classic, simple shoe can sweep you off your feet you know it’s special. That is precisely how I feel about these bad boys by Il Quadrifoglio, who is a Japanese bespoke shoemaker out of Kobe only using an Italian name. Everything about this shoe and the picture (top one) is perfect, from the medallion to the way that light bounces off the vamp, to the shine put on it to the way in […]

April 22, 2014

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The Blogger – His Role

Dear Readers, I hope that you all had a lovely long weekend (for those whose country celebrates Easter) and if not, at least had a nice, normal weekend. Today I want to talk about what I and many of the other bloggers out there do. This is not a rant per se, but more of an education as to what we do in order to provide all of you good content to read. What springs […]

April 16, 2014

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Spring Time is Here – Get Your Good Shoes out!

The sun is out and I could not be happier. It was a long, cold, dark winter here in London and some consistent sun has been much needed. Although I am not entirely sure that consistency is guaranteed here in Sunny ‘Ol. That being, it’s time to break out your light shoes as well as your good ones that you were worried about getting wet. Just today I went a bit flash and broke out […]

April 15, 2014

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What Are People Thinking??

I sit on the tube day after day staring either at my phone (doing emails of course!) or looking at people’s feet. Most of the time, I am praying that I see a pair of shoes that blows me away, but after having taken about 7000 tube journeys (and yet to see one), I think that I might have to give up on that one! What I mainly see is probably a mixture of the […]

April 11, 2014

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Button Beauties by Enzo Bonafe

There is not much more to say about button boots than I already have. As I love them so much and hate the fact that I don’t yet own one, of course you can imagine that I have been on a quest to have them made at my factory. Only they don’t want to. Not because they are being stubborn, but apparently it is probably the most difficult and problematic shoe to make. Many times […]