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December 7, 2017

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The Best Shoe Photography – Stefano Bemer

Good photography is a hard thing to master. It may not seem like it but there are so many elements to it that make a good ‘shoe’ picture. One might first assume that lighting and a good camera is everything but more important than those two things is the ability to accentuate the shape of the shoe as this is what really makes or break the photo and the beauty of the shoe. Because no […]

November 3, 2017

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Cowboy Boots by Barbanera — One’s That I Would Actually Wear!

It’s quite funny how your tastes evolve as you get older and what you once hated, you look at in a new light and what you once loved, you start to dislike. I don’t know if it is fate but I have been seeing a lot of cowboy boots infiltrating the dress shoe world and it’s like a retargeting marketing campaign: the more you see it, the more tempted you are to buy it. Now, […]

September 19, 2017

Mario Bemer’s New Model

Last June I was in Florence visiting a factory for my upcoming trainer line and managed to stop by to say hello to my friend Mario Bemer as I try to always do when in June. I was unfortunately just missing Pitti Uomo which is what he was preparing for. A part of that preparation was the launch of his new model, as seen here. I took a picture of it (as was immediately in […]

September 11, 2017

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Paolo Scarfora Trunk Show – Skoaktiebolaget

You have seen me write quite recently a good bit about Paolo Scarfora and this is mainly for two reasons. First of all, he is a friend of mine and is a tremendous person. It is always nice to support genuine people. But more important for all of you is that I have known about his shoes for years and always hoped that they would get more attention in the online world because he makes […]

September 7, 2017

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Burgundy Brogues by Paolo Scafora

I am seeing a lot of attractive burgundy shoes recently and surprisingly enough they are all coming from Swedish shoe retailer, Skoaktiebolaget. Coincidence? Probably not. I can’t be the only one thinking that burgundy is the new black so am happy to see that someone else agrees and is offering that shade of color from nearly all of their brands. The one being highlighted is by their new offering, Paolo Scafora, and is a very elegant […]

August 30, 2017

This Week’s Instagram Favorites

Instagram is literally one of the sole sources I now use for inspiration for the blog’s photos. That is how incredibly powerful it has become. Which is quite impressive, to say the least. Nearly every shoemaker in the world has an Instagram account and many of them use that as their sole inspiration of marketing. Although I wished they all had blogs, as no matter how convenient IG is, it doesn’t paint a story as […]

August 28, 2017

More Burgundy Shoes = Progression

  Its always refreshing to see brands stocking a good pair of burgundy shoes. I am not talking about the safe color of oxblood or plum, I am talking about a bright and bold burgundy shade of leather. One that is on the verge of red rather than the opposite and darker spectrum of that shade. Burgundy is a captivating color that for me commands the eye and always leaves people in awe and admiration […]

August 24, 2017

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Bontoni at Bergdorf Goodman

I have always been a huge fan of Bontoni shoes. Ther blend between Italian shaped lasts and finishing with a robust English look of pattern and sole thickness, they have always sat just about right in my head of one of the best blendings of the two nations’ shoe culture. The only problem with them is that they are not so prevalent in the European market which I always found strange and a shame at […]

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 […]

July 20, 2017

The New Bestetti Shoe

  I have been seeing this new Bestetti shoe all over the place, from Instagram, to Facebook to the web and thought to share it with all of you that haven’t yet seen it. It’s not for everyone due to its intricate detailing, that’s for sure, but hopefully many of you can appreciate it for it’s design (thought process and small details all around) which to me is very impressive. The Modern day ghillie is […]