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December 1, 2017

Calzoleria Carlino – New Bespoke Footwear on the Block!

Now more than ever is the ‘time of the bespoke shoemaker.’ With the help of shoemaking schools all around the world, the internet aka YouTube, shoemaking blogs, apprenticeships galore, it is a lot easier to find a way to learn the knowledge of shoemaking then it was even 10-20 years ago. Case in point is the young shoemaker Riccardo Carlino of Calzoleria Carlino who is only 24 and now has his own workshop and business, which to […]

October 27, 2017

Septieme Largeur New Patina Boots

I saw this boot, by Septieme Largeur, back in June when I was visiting Paris and have been waiting for its launch to share with all of you as I really liked it and thought that many of you who are into this dress casual look might be too. A shoe/boot is rarely justified in photo and while this looks great in this photo, it looks even better in person and even more so underneath […]

October 23, 2017

Vass Now Stocked in London – On Savile Row at the Cad & Dandy

  Those of you in London or who visit often will be pleased to know that VASS shoes are now officially stocked in the great city and at none other than on one of the greatest streets of all time, Savile Row. Although I like to make posts in my own words, I am a bit pressed for time today as I am attending to my trunk show in Los Angeles so will leave you […]

August 16, 2017

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The Go-To London Shoe Shiner

For the last 3 years, I have been shining shoes in London to an artisanal type standard. That being, I provided a military-like shine that left the shoes looking like glass (or as much as they could be). And many of you were kind enough to be my loyal customers. However, it was always just my day job while I built my shoe & accessory ranges in the background. And like all people that start […]

July 31, 2017

Ivan Crivellaro Loafer Mania!

Ivan Crivellaro’s wingtip tassel loafers are one of my favorite loafers in the industry, particularly the way that he always uses multiple materials to make them. It’s hard to say which one of these would be my favorite, but I am really feeling this braided one, not only for the elegance of it but for the very beautiful mahogany shade of brown that it comes in. And you don’t see braided leather shoes so much […]

May 28, 2017

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A Guide To Dyeing Your Own Shoes

  Have you ever been bored of a pair of shoes and wanted to do something about, for example, change the color? I know I have, with many of my older shoes. This time I actually decided to do something about partly because I was never wearing these shoes and partly to provide you all a post about how to do it in the leisure of your home. Let me start off by saying that […]

Altan Bottier – The Review

There are many makers you see online that are harder to find in person, many of them Japanese and some of them French. One of those makers for me was Altan Bottier who I had always known and been interested in but never had the pleasure of seeing their fine shoes in person. Luckily Instagram connects people and I feel that people are far more likely to interact on IG then they would on email. […]

May 1, 2017

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Restoring Old Shoes

A blog reader, in light of the shoe polishing contest, sent it a few pictures of some of his old Loake’s (he reckons 12-20 yrs old), that he had taken from rubbish bin status to relatively new looking in just a matter of a few hours with some of the methods that he learned on the ‘A Guide To Dyeing Your Shoes‘ post. While you can use most of those methods to really do the […]

April 25, 2017

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Things To Know About Shoes, Part 3: 21-30

Here is yet another post about Things to Know About Shoes. If you missed 1-20, you can find them HERE and HERE. I hope that you all enjoy! 21. Grained leather takes the rain best of all i.e. does not show the wear and tear as bad as calf. Suede is next (darker suede that is). Calfskin is actually the most sensitive out of the (main) leathers. So when it rains, wear suede or grained […]