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Monthly Archive: August 2015

August 31, 2015

Masaru Okuyama To Visit Singapore

  For those of you in Singapore who have never had the opportunity to see bespoke shoes by a Japanese shoemaker, now is your chance to do so as Masaru Okuyama will host a trunk show at Kevin Seah this Fri/Sat. Masaru’s shoemaking technique is quite unique for a Japanese shoemaker, in my humble opinion, and this is what I like about him. Although having learned from a Japanese maker, his style of making seems to have a […]

Gaziano & Girling Graffiti

  I have always loved Graffiti. But I am not talking about amateur tagging or that rubbish you see splattered all over the place, by teenagers. I am talking about proper graffiti i.e. murals or tagging that actually takes skill, as real graffiti is an art and thus created by artists. Thomas Kalflo, who is the one that masterfully creates the patinas you see on G&G shoes, is also an artist that can draw anything […]

August 27, 2015

Parisian Gentleman’s 2015/16 Shoe Review Part 1

Every year Parisian Gentleman does a review/list of all of worthy makers of the world and a breakdown about what makes them who they are and their pricing. It is an amazingly extensive list that I can only praise them for taking the time to make. Must be a week’s worth of work in one grand (and informational) post (and this is only part 1!). As I don’t have the time for that these days, […]

August 24, 2015

Boot Season is Coming Soon!

    I realized recently that my collection of shoes was way more catered to the liking of A/W attire. I could say that I don’t know why, but then I think that I would be fooling myself as I know that I love lace boots more than most other styles of shoe. But a good loafer is a strong contender!! Therefore, I am always looking forward to the A/W season, not only for what […]

August 21, 2015

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Red Brogues by Dimitri Gomez Bottier

I have always had a fascination with the idea of wearing red shoes. The problem is that it is very hard to do. I actually have a pair, of quite red ones (like cherry red), but yet they may see the light of day once a year, if not less. It’s not that I don’t like wearing them but in a city like London where one is constantly bombarded by people, judging ones at that, […]

August 20, 2015

Details by Foster & Son

  I always love looking at the archive shoes of Foster & Son, the ones that were made more than 50+ years ago and seeing how different they were in just about every aspect of shoemaking from the proportion of the lasts, to the fineness of the closing to the amounts of stitch per inch on the welt and last to the little details on the pattern that set them apart from the rest. Many […]

August 18, 2015

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Buffalo Leather by Carmina for Skoaktiebolaget

When your wardrobe is full of shoes of all the various colors on the spectrum, where do you go from there? Well, I would say that most people (presuming they like exotic leather) would start to venture outside the world of calfskin. There are your traditional types of non-cow leather like Croc, Gator, Pig etc. but how often you come across buffalo? While this isn’t the first shoe that has ever had it, it certainly […]

August 17, 2015

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Christian Kimber – The New Collection

I always love watching the progression of someone who has a goal in mind and is trying to achieve that goal. Most probably like how many of you have watched me go from shoe shine boy to shoe company owner and blogger. And Christian Kimber is one of those people that I have enjoyed watching progress, not only for turning into a footwear designer but also for his role as a major player in the […]

August 14, 2015

Koji Endo Bottier

  I have never seen a boot exactly like this but I certainly do love it (the Anthony Delos one coming closest in terms of construction). I have always been fascinated with things can be made with the intention of something being “heavy” or “sturdy” but be made in such a way that it doesn’t look “heavy” or “bulky.” This boot, for me, by Koji Endo does just that. It’s lines and shape are super […]

August 13, 2015

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Vass Patina’d Up by DSC

  I could just look at Dandy Shoe Care’s Tumblr feed all day long as there is nothing boot goodness on it on a constant basis. One of the million things great that I have see recently is this lovely two toned croc/calf oxford. I quite liked the shoe as is, but with the patina added there is so much more depth and intrigue to it. Since I am not one the biggest fan of […]