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May 19, 2018

Suede with Patina by Altan Bottier

Altan Bottier is not the first to give suede a patina but I do particularly like their style of giving patina to a suede wholecut oxford. This kind of staining the trim of the shoe really gives it a unique look and makes them quite enticing for purchase. I particularly like the blue one, although that could be because blue is my favorite color. And it may sound silly but the lacing system that they choose […]

February 28, 2018

Patina Croc Loafers via MTO by Septieme Largeur

As I get older, I start to like more and more crocodile/alligator products but still mainly limited to loafers and small details. What I am not crazy about is the overbearingness that exotic leather can sometimes give when it is say a wholecut oxford and doesn’t have any lines to break it up. That is why I like it in penny loafers and also why I tend to like it when it has a patina to […]

January 27, 2018

Online Purchases: EU vs Non EU – What’s the Difference?

With being able to grab your phone out of your pocket, make a few clicks and buy some product that is 10,000 miles away the world has become far more connected, but also a bit more confusing as international law and taxation have now become involved. And not everyone understands it. So allow me to explain what many have been confused by in the hopes to shed some light and make your shopping experience a […]

January 22, 2018

Aubercy Button Boots – Fresh to Death!

I never tire of Aubercy’s creations and bold use of color. Their latest button boot offerings are simply sublime and I particularly love this new canvas one, mainly for the unique design of the balmoral line that is something that Aubercy can proudly claim as their own creation. I have said a million times before but I will say it once more. It takes guts and vision to recreate something that is tried and tested […]

January 17, 2018

A Conversation with Marcos Fernandez of Septieme Largeur / Orbans

I recently had dinner with my good friend Marcos Fernandez of Septieme Largeur & Orbans here in NYC at the Maxwell’s Chop House (insane Ribeye’s for those steak lovers), where we had a very interesting discussion about the footwear industry. For the many of you who have never heard anything about Marcos Fernandez, allow me to share a brief bit about his past and what he has done for the industry. He has created all […]

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 25, 2017

New Aubercy Loafers

I know many of us are approaching Autumn here, but in many other places they are approaching Summer so I could not help but show these beauts, by Aubercy, to the world as I am a sucker for the use of denim in a shoe and on top of that, a light denim no less (which I have yet to see). I don’t think that I have ever owned a pair of jeans in the shade […]

October 16, 2017

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Cowboy Boots by Berluti — French Fashion House Goes Western!

In the modern day of retail sales you have to keep up or you will get left behind, especially now, thanks to the internet and the entire world just being one click away. But there is a fine line between keeping up and going overboard. And I am having mixed feelings about the boots at hand, from Berluti’s new A/W collection. I never thought I would see a men’s French style house doing Western cowboy […]

October 2, 2017

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Value For Money Adelaides at Orban’s

We all can’t afford the beautiful shoes made by Gaziano & Girling, Riccardo Bestetti, Yohei Fukuda and the like so it’s nice when brands like Orban’s come in and are able to make a solid shoe for an unbeatable price. Sometimes it makes you wonder how can this be but in reality when you are not paying for the “very overpriced idea of made in Italy or England”, the beauty of Spanish made shoes is […]