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July 11, 2017

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What Makes A Shoe Attractive?

I have seen cheap shoes look good and expensive shoes look terrible. More often than not, it is not so much about the components of the shoe as much as it is the execution of the design. But the design is made up of much more than one may think. Now, the idea of attraction is quite subjective but then again I just don’t think that it really is when it comes to being on […]

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 […]

June 28, 2017

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Grades Of Shoe Craftsmanship

Bespoke shoes by Gaziano & Girling As I have stated before, there seems to be a whole lot of confusion as to how a shoe is made (whether by hand, machine or a bit of both), particularly due to the lack of knowledge from salesmen at retail stores, as well as the misrepresentation of words (such as ‘handmade’) printed on a shoe itself and/or the marketing of most brands. These two things, coupled with the […]

October 13, 2016

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A Trip To Berluti – London: Part Three

Most of the pictures in this post are of Berluti’s bespoke samples (with the exception of the two black pairs below). Berluti was very smart to hire two of the best bespoke makers in France, if not the world: Anthony Delos and Patrice Rock. Their appointment ensured that the legacy of Berluti’s integrity, from the switch of ownership from private company to LVMH acquired, stayed intact. The beauty of their bespoke department is that you […]

October 20, 2015

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Remember: Leather Creases….Plain and Simple

  This is just a reminder that to all of the newbies out there that think leather creasing means lack of quality, well you are mistaken. In fact, as I have said before, it is usually the highest quality leather and the one that fits you best that actually creases the most. Don’t ask me why as I don’t have the exact answer, but it just is. Just take this shoe for example. It is […]

February 21, 2014

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Delos Bespoke

There are not many things more attractive than a nice burgundy leather and this shade might be the best that I have yet to come by. It’s vibrancy is second to none and from the looks of it, it appears to be a normal calfskin that has not had it’s color applied. It’s rare to find a burgundy so vivid like that, that is not done by patina and to say the least, I am […]

August 21, 2013

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Anthony Delos – A Legend Disappears…Eaten by Berluti

Money rules. Full stop. But it is not always ruling for the good. And while I intend to become a man of wealth myself, often I find it sad when wealth swallows up greatness and therefore vow to not allow it to ever change me. While others may disagree, I believe that this is precisely what happened to Mr. Delos. Not that money changed him (this is not my sentiment here), but rather that a […]

February 19, 2013

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Straight Shoe Porn

G&G Bespoke Anthony Delos Bespoke Anthony Delos in the making Berluti Bespoke Edward Green….in dark green!! Septieme Largeur, courtesy of En Grande Pompe Don’t have any time to write today so I thought that I would do my best to make it up by simply giving you as much shoe porn that I can… I hope that you all enjoy!! best, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

February 12, 2013

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Education Of Shoes Or Serious Lack Thereof

When I think of my blog, I see that I am generally one sided in what I put on it, in the sense that I focus on expensive shoes. I like to think that instead of referring to them as expensive, I think of them as high quality shoes. Granted, in defense to myself, I do like to find good quality shoes that are also at a very low (relatively speaking) price, like Ed Et […]

October 26, 2012

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Anthony Delos Bespoke – Designed By A Blog Reader

Let me start off by saying, that I always appreciate it when any of you come to visit me and say hi. This always gives me great pleasure as I have said before because without all of you, there would be no reason to continue writing. I know that many of you may not ever get the ability to visit, as you may live in other countries too far away, but hopefully in the future […]