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August 17, 2018

Hiro Yanagimachi Ghillie Boots

Hiro Yanagimachi never ceases to impress with his array of ghillie designs, most recently having come up with a ghillie brogued boot unlike ever seen before! It’s a gorgeous pattern and you can bet when wearing these people are going to give you the positive vibes as this is truly a one of a kind beauty. My only critique is the last choice. This might be my personal preference but on a boot, I tend […]

August 6, 2018

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Castez Ermili – Mexican Shoemaker

Mexican Shoemaker Castez Ermili has created something that I have yet to see and find it very intriguing, even more so, very beautiful! A cross breed between a balmoral and button boot, this hybrid boot gives the best of all worlds. Its feel is extremely Victorian, an era that I love for the elegance that was expressed in men’s attire, particularly in the footwear department. Boots were rampant and button and balmoral boots were the […]

July 18, 2018

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New Chinese Bespoke Shoemaker – Yim Shoemaker

I love an underdog story and all of these Chinese bespoke shoemakers for me represent just that. Due to the industry of cheap labor and products, China over the last 50 years has received such a bad wrap for making ‘cheap things’ to the point where people scoffed at anything Chinese made. Now, I can most certainly agree with being against child labor and underpaying your employees to the point where it is nearly slavery […]

Ricardo Bestetti’s Latest and Greatest!

We now live in a world with few words, thanks to the latest social media. So in honor of that, I will leave you with a bunch of pictures and little text. I hope that you all enjoy!   Justin, ‘The Shoe Snob’  

June 12, 2018

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry Part 7: People That Call All Oxfords ‘Wingtips’

In the world of shoes, there are many names given to all of the different types of oxfords. ONE of them is ‘wingtip,’ set to describe the W shaped cap that’s side extensions have been described as ‘wings.’ Again, this is simply one type of oxford, which is the base name for all shoes that have closed lacing system. For example, the shoe highlighted has many names. It is an oxford. It is an adelaide (for […]

May 30, 2018

Shoes of the Month – Bespoke Balmoral Oxfords by Enrile

I have been following Enrile (Antonio Enrile) for a few years now and have been impressed with his progression as a bespoke shoemaker, hailing out of Seville, Spain. His designs were always intriguing but at first, I was not crazy about the last shapes, all too often being very bulbous. But nonetheless, there was potential for greatness through the perseverance of trade and cool designs. Today, Enrile has shown me his best piece of work […]

May 1, 2018

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Francis Waplinger – The American Bespoke Shoemaker

While having no real proof of this next statement, I can confidently say that now more than ever is a time for aspiring shoemakers. And I believe that global communication i.e. the internet has been the key factor to making this phenomenon grow so vast in the last 10 years. You wouldn’t believe how many people have written me saying that they want to get into bespoke shoemaking and look to me for advice on […]

World Championships in Shoemaking — The Competition’s Shoe Entries Part 1.

  Post written by Jesper of Shoegazing Blog 30 black oxfords, made by shoemakers from all over the world. Here’s a substantial review of all the competition shoes that entered the World Championships in Shoemaking. Info, comments, pictures of the shoes and in some cases also the manufacturing process. Brace yourself, this is the largest post ever posted on this blog (and there’s been some really long ones, as many know), so large that it […]