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December 30, 2016

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Serbian Bespoke Shoemaker – Igor Suhenko

Discovering new shoemakers for me is like a kid discovering a new candy. Although I have known about Igor Suhenko for awhile now, I think that I have only shared his work once in the last few years so thought that I would revisit him. What I love about discovering shoemakers from countries outside of the stereotypical ones that we think of for most bespoke shoemakers is that they often have very different stylistic designs. […]

December 13, 2016

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Foster & Son: An Ode To Archaic Bespoke Shoes

I am a firm believer in the thought that technology, albeit amazing, has made society as a whole, a lot lazier. We don’t have to work nearly as hard (or at all in the case of some production) to create the same things that our forefathers did. And in many industries, this change in quality of production is very obvious. Let’s take the shoe industry for example. In my opinion, the quality of production has […]

Things To Know About Shoes Part 5: 41-50

41. Many well known European shoe brands (clothing too) claim their products are made in their country, but outsource about 80% of their production to China/India only to finish the shoes in their country and slap on “Made in Europe”….lots of lies out there 42. Toe taps are essential to unnecessary premature re-soling, especially if you are hard on your toes (i.e. jump off your toes with a lot of force when walking). Toe taps […]

November 18, 2016

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Mythbuster Part 1 – Leather Creasing Means Something is Wrong

Leather creases. Plain and simple. There is no such thing as crease free leather. Frankly the thought of people thinking that leather should not crease is just absurd. So many times have I heard people complaining about wrinkled leather and thus blaming either the leather or the maker for this reason. Well allow me to tell you that there are so many more factors that play into a shoe’s leather becoming prominently wrinkled, factors that […]

November 12, 2016

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Aubercy Part 3: Masaru Okuyama, Tuczek, Anthony Cleverley

Another project that Xavier Aubercy has just started working on is the publicizing of other less known shoemakers from the various countries around the world that one may not think about. That being, because Xavier loves the idea of well-made, put-your-heart-into-it footwear, he is doing his best to spread the name of less known artists, such as Masaru Okuyama, in order to spread the love, so to speak. I thought that this was so brilliant. […]

October 21, 2016

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A Legend and Friend to Remember – Riccardo Bestetti

  With regret I must tell those that don’t already know that we sadly lost an incredible person this week. That person was Mr. Riccardo Bestetti, one of greatest shoemakers and minds the shoe industry has ever seen. He was only 49 years old and passed away this Monday. Whilst not knowing exactly how or why as he had just recently informed me that he was in the hospital for lung inflammation and respiratory problems, […]

October 17, 2016

No Two Brown Shoes Are Equal

The beauty of brown shoes or shades of brown leather is that even the exact pair of shoes can look different, not only through polishing but also through natural aging depending on not only the climate of the wearer but also the way they treat their shoes. While I have started to like black shoes a bit more as I get older, I still appreciate the various shades of browns/tans due to their ability to […]