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February 9, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Brand Highlight #1 – Clematis Ginza

To preface this post with what is the London Super Trunk Show 2018, please CLICK HERE Clematis Ginza is the well-respected Japanese brand composed of shoemaker Keitaro Takano, together with the closer Chemi Chiba. What separates Takano from many of his European-Trained colleagues in the Japanese bespoke shoe industry is the fact that his background comes from training in a small Japanese bespoke shoe school that has long existed and thus makes his shoes to stand out […]

December 21, 2017

Next Level Shoe Design – Riccardo Bestetti

Shoe design, while not terribly complicated, is not very easy when it comes to making something different, yet still elegant and wearable. I know that I have said it a million times, but it is just one of those things you have to say when you see something to terrifically different and cool. You see that a lot of thought when into this pattern, from the dips in each section of the shoe (cap, counter […]

December 1, 2017

Calzoleria Carlino – New Bespoke Footwear on the Block!

Now more than ever is the ‘time of the bespoke shoemaker.’ With the help of shoemaking schools all around the world, the internet aka YouTube, shoemaking blogs, apprenticeships galore, it is a lot easier to find a way to learn the knowledge of shoemaking then it was even 10-20 years ago. Case in point is the young shoemaker Riccardo Carlino of Calzoleria Carlino who is only 24 and now has his own workshop and business, which to […]

What Is a Handmade Shoe?

I recently wrote a piece about lies in the industry and how the terms ‘handmade’ and no-middlemen and the like were tossed around like confetti and that they meant nothing as were both used incorrectly. Of course, you have people that love to be blind to reality and want to believe in pure bliss like denial that their factory made shoes are ‘handmade.’ That being, as I am on a quest to really educate the […]

October 30, 2017

Mexican Shoemaker Doing Thing Different – Atelier Amareto

Those of you in the US might be familiar with the shoemaking culture that Mexico has had over the last century, but for of you on the other side of the planet, it might come as a surprise to know that in Leon, Mexico shoemaking has been thriving for many many years and clearly still continues with brands like Atelier Amareto by Claudio Lopez. With Mexico’s proximity to the United States, it might not come as […]

October 11, 2017

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Nicholas Templeman Oxford with Fierceness

  Pulling off an aggressive line in a classic shoe is a hard thing to do. And when I say aggressive I don’t mean it in negative way but rather something as drastically different to what a classic shoe normally (and with strong standard) entails. The facing is done with very sharp and well thought out detailing. The harmonious point in which the curve of the facing parrallels with the wing cap is very subtle […]

August 2, 2017

Koji Endo Bottier Revisited

  Koji Endo Bottier makes some of the nicest shoes in the world. Predominantly they are quite classic in terms of style but the last shapes are on another level. His almond toe shape is nothing shy of perfect (aka its flawless) and his patterns are spot-on when it comes to being fluid with the shape of the last. As always when comparing shoes against shoes in like pricepoints these two points are crucial to […]

July 13, 2017

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Perfect leather all the way around….top grade too Let me start by saying that this is a long, yet informative post. I made a comment on the blog the other day in reference to one shoemakeris leather being typically of a lesser quality with respects to another maker. Not necessarily that it was a low quality, only that within the grades of high quality, one was lower than the other. This comment threw off the […]

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 […]