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October 18, 2017

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Very Interesting Double Monk by Cobbler Union

It is often refreshing to see double monks done differently as, to be honest, I am quite over the classic double monkstrap that simply swoops from one side to the next in one, large flap. Seeing new ways to design the straps is always interesting as you can see the creative juices flowing in the mind of the designer. Pattern making is a challenging thing and sometimes also limiting to a designer as what you […]

Dry Wax for Best Shine Results

  There are many tricks in shoe shining to help you get to the desired results of a high shine. And it helps to know these tricks as there is nothing worse than polishing for hours feeling like you have done nothing and still having a shoe with dull toes. And I am sure that many of you have been there, frustrated with no resolve. So let’s look at how not to ever be there […]

September 25, 2017

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Blue Suede Beauties on Sale by Skoaktiebolaget

  There are some sweet shoes on sale right now at Skoaktiebolaget’s website, two of them being these beautiful blue suede numbers by Carmina. The featured above is one of my favorite combinations of the year. As many of you may know blue is my favorite color, and I just love it in suede even more. And creating a two-tone out of it puts it right up my alley. Skoak did a job at great […]

September 21, 2017

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Americana Style Brogues by Septieme Largeur

Americana style is spreading to France with Septieme Largeur’s interpretation of the longwing gunboat brogue. I have always had mixed feelings about this model. I feel like I could like it if done on a slimmer type last but you often see it on these heavy, robust like lasts. It’s hard to tell if this last is more slim or robust but from what I know of SL, it is probably closer to the slim side unless […]

September 19, 2017

Mario Bemer’s New Model

Last June I was in Florence visiting a factory for my upcoming trainer line and managed to stop by to say hello to my friend Mario Bemer as I try to always do when in June. I was unfortunately just missing Pitti Uomo which is what he was preparing for. A part of that preparation was the launch of his new model, as seen here. I took a picture of it (as was immediately in […]

September 14, 2017

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Carmina’s New Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection

Carmina has recently launched their new A/W17 collection and there are some very cool and elegant options in there, not to mention that there are about 60 new SKU’s in total (which is a lot!) . As it is obviously highlighted, my favorite of the bunch is this two toned spectator brogue above. It is not often that you see this color-pairing of brown calf and olive suede and while some might deem it a […]

September 11, 2017

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Paolo Scarfora Trunk Show – Skoaktiebolaget

You have seen me write quite recently a good bit about Paolo Scarfora and this is mainly for two reasons. First of all, he is a friend of mine and is a tremendous person. It is always nice to support genuine people. But more important for all of you is that I have known about his shoes for years and always hoped that they would get more attention in the online world because he makes […]

September 8, 2017

Welted Sole – New Online Shoe Shop

There is a new shoe retailer based out of the US, called Welted Sole, that just recently launched their new online shop. They currently only stock J.FitzPatrick Footwear for shoes but are also offering Bresciani socks and Saphir shoe care. And this is just the beginning. Their plan is to open a showroom in the Orange County area and of course add more shoe brands to their range of products. But like in all new […]

September 7, 2017

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Burgundy Brogues by Paolo Scafora

I am seeing a lot of attractive burgundy shoes recently and surprisingly enough they are all coming from Swedish shoe retailer, Skoaktiebolaget. Coincidence? Probably not. I can’t be the only one thinking that burgundy is the new black so am happy to see that someone else agrees and is offering that shade of color from nearly all of their brands. The one being highlighted is by their new offering, Paolo Scafora, and is a very elegant […]

September 4, 2017

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The Shoe Snob & J.FitzPatrick Footwear Return to Singapore

To all of the Singaporeans and those surrounding, you will be pleased to know that J.FitzPatrick Footwear will finally be returning to Singapore for yet another trunk show at none other than the famous Kevin Seah Bespoke in Boat Quay. After 2 years without visiting one of my favorite islands, I have finally been able to travel again and am making my first stop at this beautiful destination.   We will host a 4-day trunk […]