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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 […]

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 […]

July 25, 2017

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A Most Interesting Design By Yanko

  It looks as if this week I am focusing on unique shoe designs as today I wanted to discuss this model that I recently found by Yanko, one of the Spanish shoemakers of Mallorca. To be honest I cant really say how I feel about it. Its definitely unique but am unsure if it is to my own personal taste. There are a lot of design features going on and I have yet decided […]

June 29, 2017

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Using Lies to Sell Shoes

In England, it is a common thing to have a section of commercial advertisements in the back of the style magazines so that brands of all kind can show off a featured product, list its price, how to buy it and a brief description. I always check it out because every now and then you can find some interesting shoes there, sometimes by brands that I have never heard of either. The thing that I […]

January 17, 2017

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Loake New 1880 Export Grade

I have never been the biggest supporter of Loake, not because they can’t make a good shoe, but mainly because of their prevalent use of bookbinder leather on their lower end lines as well as a general lack of anything but classic models. There was never anything that jumped out at me and made me think, ‘wow’. Their 1880 line I always found was a good value for money and a great entry point for […]

December 20, 2016

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Leather Is Not What You Think

The shoe industry is ever evolving. What was fact last year, is not this year and won’t be next year. What I mean by that (and this is something that I have mentioned before) is that one can no longer say, ‘the best this is from here and the best that is from there.’ These concepts no longer hold true. Sure, some of the best shoes come from England, but that no longer means that […]

September 24, 2016

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Orban’s – The Brand To Watch Out For In 2016

For those that have yet to discover, there is a brand new shoe venture on the scene and their name is Orban’s. The company was founded and launched by the same man, Mr. Marcos Fernandez, that brought to the world the very famous brand Septieme Largeur. Wanting to offer well made shoes at an unbeatable entry level price, he decided to create Orban’s and thus attempt realize his vision of seeing more and more people […]

September 7, 2016

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Things to Know About Shoes: Part 1 – The First 10

There are many questions that people have about shoes; questions that are not easily found or answered. Here I will try and do my best to answer as many as I can think of from not only many different situations that I have experienced but from simple facts/opinions that I have learned during my time in the industry. Here are the first 10 that I have managed to scrape from my tired, Sunday night mind….I […]

August 31, 2016

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Misconceptions in Footwear – Shining Different Leathers

I always get people asking me how you shine this leather or that leather, i.e. cordovan, crocodile (and all exotics) or chromexcel leather etc. The thing is, you shine them exactly as you would calf leather. I find that anyone attempting to tell you that you need some special product for them is just trying to sell you something that is not truly necessary. I have always used the exact same products and got brilliant […]

August 19, 2016

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Best Crockett & Jones – Ever!

Sometimes a relatively simple shoe that might look good but be a bit flat in character can be uplifted a million times over with a bit of work in the polish and color department. I am actually working on a post about doing home made patina for beginners, a sequel to my very generic one that I did years ago. Don’t get your hopes up though as I probably won’t release it for a little […]