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Monthly Archive: October 2016

October 31, 2016

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Bettanin & Venturi – The Review

Many of you might have not ever heard of Bettanin & Venturi and it comes as no surprise as they are only a 22 year old company (the history is much older though) that for the most part of their existence solely specialized in Norvegese construction and things that were on the heavier and chunky side of the shoe spectrum. But that has all changed now as I believe that they realized that specializing in […]

October 28, 2016

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Like Canvas? Like Spectators? Barbanera ‘Marinetti’ is Your Answer

From Barbanera’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Italia’ collection for S/S17, which is an ode to the times of Totò, Mastroianni and the likes of great Italian cinematography and style alike, we find the Marinetti: a canvas spectator done differently. From sharp curves,  diamond shaped caps and brogueing sitting atop eachother, the Marinetti definitely presents something different to your typical canvas spectator. And that is what I love about the Barbanera bros. Aside from being […]

October 26, 2016

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Enzo Bonafe Chukka Boot for Skoaktiebolaget

It doesn’t get much better than a good chukka boot. They are just so darn comfortable and more importantly versatile. I recently re-launched the chukka boot for my collection of shoes and I find myself wearing it at least twice a week which is quite astounding as most of my shoes don’t see daylight for at least once a month, if not less frequently. It’s funny how we go through phases as people. Right now […]

October 24, 2016

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Leffot Officially Launched in Chicago

The time has finally come for Chicago and Chicagoans: You now have a great shoe shop to get all your shoe fixes from. And that shop is none other than the legendary Leffot, who first opened their doors in NYC back in 2008. Since then, as one of the catalysts to the boutique multi-branded shoe shops of upper-scale-offering, they have continued to lead the way in the industry by offering not only timeless classics but […]

October 21, 2016

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A Legend and Friend to Remember – Riccardo Bestetti

  With regret I must tell those that don’t already know that we sadly lost an incredible person this week. That person was Mr. Riccardo Bestetti, one of greatest shoemakers and minds the shoe industry has ever seen. He was only 49 years old and passed away this Monday. Whilst not knowing exactly how or why as he had just recently informed me that he was in the hospital for lung inflammation and respiratory problems, […]

October 20, 2016

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Now Stocked in Paris at La Garçonnière

  Dear All, We are pleased to announce that a capsule collection of our J.FitzPatrick Footwear range is now being stocked in the lovely city of Paris. Quite recently a shop by the name of La Garconnerie, close to the quaint neighborhood of Vivienne, opened its’ doors with the idea of having a multi-branded shop of not only clothing but also equipped with a coffee shop, a barber and a lounge. It is the ultimate […]

October 19, 2016

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The Saddle Derby by Edward Green

My idea of shoe design is to take existing classics and add a small detail on them that separates them from the masses. Most brands don’t do this though, not nowadays. What I feel like is the trend of today is to make a classic models but do it cheaper than the next guy. This trend won’t last though as the market gets saturated with brands coming out capsule collections of cheap shoes, there will […]