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Monthly Archive: July 2014

July 31, 2014

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Gaziano & Girling x J.FitzPatrick x Timothy Everest = Sample Sale!!

  Dear Readers, There is always a first for everything and that first is now here for the three brands involved in this collaborative sample sale that is to take place on August 21st-23rd, 2014 here in London. I am quite excited to have this sale, but I feel for those of you outside London that can’t make it. And unfortunately none of the brands involved will be selling to online customers prior/during the sale. […]

July 30, 2014

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Edward Green for Unipair

  I have explained the difference between a £400 and an £800 shoe, saying that in reality the leathers won’t be too far off (in the sense they could be the same, but high end shoes might only use the top of the 1st grade while lower priced might use lower end 1st and 2nd grade etc), the construction not too far off either (being welted, but more details), but one thing that we don’t […]

July 29, 2014

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Treat Your Feet Right – William Abraham

I first had the pleasure of meeting Bram Frankel (the founder/owner of William Abraham) at my trunk show at Leffot in NYC, last November. He was (is) a really nice guy and I was thoroughly impressed with not only the amount of selection that he had on offer but also the amount beautiful patterns that he had in his collection. As it was my first trunk show in NYC, I was quite busy and did […]

July 28, 2014

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Carmina at Pitti – New Things to Come!

While at Pitti I visited my friends at Carmina and needless to say I was quite impressed with all of their new models/colorways that I saw, particularly this lovely combination in their balmoral boot as well as this new slip-on/oxford model directly below. Carmina never ceases to impress and seeing their showroom really gave me an idea of how big they are as a brand in reality. They don’t do a lot of marketing or […]

July 25, 2014

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Barcelona + Norman Vilalta

    Live from Barcelona and visiting the shop of Norman Vilalta, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek into the life of his work. I have always felt that we were kind of shoe brothers in the way that we share our history of our time in the shoe industry. Norman, like me, learned his craft in the workshop of Stefano Bemer in 2002-2003. I came 5 years later however and while […]

July 23, 2014

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Gatsby Gone Wild

There is no shortage of bold shoes in the world. Most of the time you don´t see them on people´s feet though. But when the sun is out, people start to get more bold. The Autumn is all about subdued colors and subtle pairings whereas the Summer is all about bold colors, strong contrasts and expression of one´s self. These shoes by Ivan Crivellaro, worn at the last Pitti Uomo, are definitely all about expression. […]

July 21, 2014

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The Carmina Boot

It´s not really boot weather these days but I just can´t help myself in showing this Carmina boot as it is one of the coolest that I have seen in a while. Someone who shares the same passion as me for two tones (as well as the same color interests), made what is proving to be one of my favorites boot combinations this year. Done in navy calf and burgundy suede, this combination really presents […]

July 18, 2014

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Museum Sole by Il Quadrifoglio

The concept of the “museum” characteristic is spreading and it’s now reached your soles, thanks to Il Quadrifoglio. This one of course, is bespoke, but I can bet you that someone (I have my money on Meermin) will start to do it for RTW shoes as well. As per usual, only time will tell. This is actually quite a cool version of it and makes me want to see what this would look like on […]

July 17, 2014

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Corthay Canvas Shoes for S/S2015

I have always loved canvas as a material. The only thing that I do not love is how hard it is to clean when it gets dirty. White Chuck T’s (converse all star’s) are the ultimate no-no shoe for this very idea, but they always look cool. But as someone who hates a dirty/scuffy shoe, I could never allow myself to get a pair of those. This is where I am with these Corthay’s. Looking […]

July 16, 2014

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Santoni’s Goodyear Line

I have a love/hate relationship with Santoni. I don’t really hate them, they are actually very nice people who treated me very kindly when I went to visit their factory some years back. But I do love what they can do, which is what they do least of i.e. their Goodyear welted line. They seriously have the potential to be one of the greatest factories in Italy, doing shoes that stack up against any John […]