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January 12, 2017

Blue Shoes Becoming The Norm

I recently went on Gaziano & Girling’s Instagram page and noticed that recently they have been commissioning a lot of blue shoes in their Made to Order program and it was quite interesting to note how many people are requesting them. I have said it in the past that many classic shoe companies have started to introduce colors into their RTW shoe collections that 10 years ago they would have spat at the idea and […]

September 8, 2016

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Things To Know About Shoes: Part 2 – The Next 10

Dear Readers, Here is the 2nd part of my ‘Things to know about shoes.’ If you happen to missed the first 10, here they are. I hope that you enjoy the post and I will try and scrounge up another 10 by next week or the one after! 11. Soles wear out. They are not invincible. Even the best ones will wear out quickly if you over-wear them. If you live in a wet city […]

June 30, 2016

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The World of Shoes – Dimitri Gomez

A new shoe website has recently been born, naturally looking to encompass everything shoes: from selling, to educating, to listing out every brand ever invented (worth mentioning that is) and all the rest that a good blog/website comes with. While it is still in its infant stages (building a proper website takes A LOT OF TIME!!!), ‘The World of Shoes‘ looks to become something of a cross between Mr. Porter and and encyclopedia of shoes. […]

Gaziano & Girling Launches Patina Service – Officially!

  The time has finally come that Gaziano & Girling opens the doors to their much anticipated patina service, the first that a British company has ever offered. I had hinted at this back in March (see here), when they were toying with the concept. While I knew that they were going to eventually do it, like any smart company, they took it slow so that they could first finalize their shop and then start […]

August 25, 2014

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The Saddle Shoe is Back!

I am starting to see a lot more dressy saddle shoes lately and I am quite pleased by that as it is probably my favorite type of dress shoe. As I have said before, for me, the saddle shoe creates the perfect opportunity for a well balanced two-toned shoe. Even if one was to be monotone but bi-material, it still presents a subtly elegant duality but one that is nonetheless noticeably present. And that is […]

March 7, 2014

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The Sinister Strap by Koji Suzuki

There is something very sinister about this strap by Koji Suzuki for Spigola. It just looks like it has attitude to it and the fact that it brings out these feelings, to me, means that the design was well executed. I don’t personally like a strap that falls below the side of the vamp/last line (and thus close to the welt) but I can certainly appreciate the appeal of it, especially when a shoe looks […]

May 14, 2013

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Bespoke G&G for Steven Taffel – Legendary

For those that don’t know, Steven Taffel is the owner of NYC shoe store Leffot. And these bad boys are his new bespoke numbers by Gaziano & Girling. When I first saw these, I must say that I was blown away not only by the shear beauty of them as a whole but also for the execution in the design and details. There is not one thing about them that is out of place or […]

February 27, 2012

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Random Beauties

Gaziano & Girling courtesy of Rugged Old Salt Louis Vutton Salvatore Ferragamo Salvatore Ferragamo Pierre Corthay courtesy of Nikow Blog Dear Readers, I know that normally I write a long post for Monday, but today I am super busy, absolutely knackered, and frankly just can’t be asked. That being, I will keep the long post for tomorrow and thought that instead of writing a bunch today, would just leave you all with a bit shoe […]

October 22, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Gaziano & Girling Kent

The galosh (or balmoral or whatever you want to call it) style of shoe, that has a separation from the top piece (facing extended to heel) and bottom piece (vamp extending to heel) is one of my favorite models simply for the fact that it’s options in leather or material pairings are endless. When creating a pair of shoes that you will release to the public, you have to make sure that you do something […]

June 25, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – G & G Factory Finds

One of my favorite things about going to Gaziano & Girling’s factory is seeing all of the bespoke models lying around, being able to capture the ideas that some individuals have in their minds and appreciate them. On top of that, I am also able to see RTW shoes being produced for other markets, like Asia, which will almost always be different from the shoes that you will see produced for the Western world, […]