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October 2, 2018

The Adelaide Oxford – By Hiro Yanagimachi

I am really loving adelaides these days and I think that many others are too. I see them often on social media and find myself nearly always attracted to them. The details about separating the facing as its own piece and not something that follows the line of the quarter, really makes it more appealing for me. I have a pair classic cap toe oxfords, but if I am going to be honest, they are really […]

September 26, 2018

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Winson Shoemaker – Indonesia’s Finest

Asia is all of the rage these days for quality shoemaking. They have impressive bespoke makers coming from mainland China and Singapore, and RTW makers on par with many European factories coming out of SE Asia, specifically Taiwan and now Indonesia. The latest ones that I have come to discover, are Winson Shoemaker out of Indonesia who seem to make a very well made welted shoe (not sure if Goodyear or Hand). Curious to see where else […]

June 25, 2018

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Antonio De Torres – Unique Chelsea Boots!

Antonio de Torres has some very unique models these days and one that caught my eye was his interpretation of a chelsea boot mixed with a monkstrap. I hadn’t really seen something like this before outside of high fashion brands so it was interesting to see this on a quality maker doing things very differently. And of course, while the monkstrap appears as non-functional it poses a feeling completely different to your typical chelsea boot. I can […]

May 25, 2018

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New Brand On The Block – Santa Mercede Shoes

It’s always a pleasure to see a new brand come out with ideas of greatness and not simply to sell off a million cheap shoes that claim to be well made. The market has simply become far too saturated with garbage and it is now refreshing to see someone doing it for the love of the shoes/quality and not for the love of a quick buck. I mean, we all want to get paid sure, […]

GDPR Opt In – What’s It All About?

You have all probably been receiving a lot of emails lately with this EU ‘GDPR’ business and wondering what that might be? Well, allow me to explain in my limited capacity of what this whole debacle is all about. As the world of the internet is growing and at a rapid pace at that, you have probably started to see that we are constantly bombarded by the offering of things, like ads really. A huge […]

May 21, 2018

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Floral Balmoral Boots by Fugashin Saigon

I am convinced that in our modern day the rules of sartorial dress are going out the door. And I don’t say this in a bad way at all, but more so that what was once considered taboo is now acceptable. Of course, for certain terrible sartorial blunders, this is a bad thing but for the over adherence to the rules of old, like ‘no brown in town’ etc., I can’t lie by saying that […]

March 8, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #5 — Jsep (Japanese brands)

To get acquainted with the London Super Trunk Show 2018, PLEASE READ HERE Ahead of the upcoming free-trade-agreement with the EU, four Japanese brands are able to be introduced to the European market (with Brexit it’s still uncertain what will happen in England with this, but we shall see). Jsep, or Japan Shoes Export Platform, are introducing Matsumoto, Miyagi Kogyo, Kanpekina and Kiten. We are very excited to have them be a part of the super […]

February 19, 2018

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #2 — THE SABOT

The webshop The Sabot offer a wide variety of shoes that are very unique to their shop. Their own Private Label range made by Antonio Meccariello are Goodyear welted, have closed channeled soles and a slim bevelled waist, and overall very high attention to detail of the finish for a pair of shoes starting at about £434/€495 (4,800 SEK). They also have Antonio Meccariello’s own range, the Argentum Dux, made to a higher standard with a Goodyear technique […]

February 9, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Brand Highlight #1 – Clematis Ginza

To preface this post with what is the London Super Trunk Show 2018, please CLICK HERE Clematis Ginza is the well-respected Japanese brand composed of shoemaker Keitaro Takano, together with the closer Chemi Chiba. What separates Takano from many of his European-Trained colleagues in the Japanese bespoke shoe industry is the fact that his background comes from training in a small Japanese bespoke shoe school that has long existed and thus makes his shoes to stand out […]

December 2, 2017

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Bold Can Be Subtle – Fugashin Saigon

I never understood a dress code for work. I mean, by common sense, I understand the boundaries that they usually denote but never understood the strictness of them to a certain degree. For example, a job that requires the use of only black shoes. Now this obviously would be a conservative type of work environment which I can understand and they want people to be smart and look the part. The only problem is that […]