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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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LEATHER QUALITY & HOW IT VARIES

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 […]

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 […]

June 16, 2017

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This Week’s Favorite – Stephane Jimenez Saddle Oxford

As many of you know, I am a super fan of the saddle oxford, ever since I saw the iconic bespoke sample in the workshop of Stefano Bemer back in 2008. It is not often that you see a saddle oxford that is strikingly different than the original design, but Stephane Jimenez (who also trained under Bemer) made one that is quite amazingly different than the iconic model. And it is dashingly handsome to say […]

May 30, 2017

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Tony Gaziano (from Gaziano & Girling) Interview

Being an aspiring shoemaker/shoe designer myself, I find it critical to try and meet the people in the industry who are shoemakers or shoe designers themselves and do my best to absorb their knowledge or input of how exactly one gets into the industry and more importantly, how one successfully stays in the industry. Knowing that I am not the only aspiring individual and that it might not always be easy to get this type […]

May 19, 2017

Masaru Okuyama Blue Bespoke Oxfords

I was at an event a few weeks back and managed to catch site of this immaculate pair of bespoke oxfords by Masaru Okuyama. Unfortunately the place was dimly lit and I only had my mobile phone so I managed to snap a mediocre picture (as you see above) but in no way does this represent the beauty of the shoes at hand. For those that do not know Mr. Okuyama is a Japanese bespoke […]