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August 20, 2013

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Ferragamo Goes British

I am not going to lie, I used to really like Ferragamo and if I am going to be even more honest, I still kind of do. That being, I don’t like everything that they do, but sometimes, just sometimes they make a very nice shoe, one that is beautiful and well made and could stand next to the greats. That’s one thing that upsets me about some of the Italian companies. Many of them, […]

June 13, 2013

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New & Lingwood Throwbacks Loafers

The other day, I came across this loafer by New & Lingwood (as a customer brought it in for a shine) and noticed how its design was quite similar to my Marcos loafer. When I designed it I thought that I had created something quite unique by extending the penny strap all the way to the heel, but after seeing this, I really realize that the phrase, ‘nothing is new under the sun,’ has its […]

December 20, 2012

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The Shoes Have Eyes – Enrile

Creating a version of a penny loafer that has not been done before, can be quite challenging without making them too abnormal. What I am specifically referring to are the slits that you design that are apart of the strap that crosses the vamp. If you think about it, there are only so many ways that one can design them (the slits) without creating something that looks overly thought out aka not very classic. But […]

September 25, 2012

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Ed Et Al – Singaporean Shoemakers On The Rise

For a long time now, I have been hearing this name Ed Et Al, whether by chance or by blog readers writing me up to check them out. I figured that since I had more than one reader do so (which shows loyalty, and can only mean good things), I had better look them up and find out more. Now, in doing so, I discovered that they make a nice shoe for a very low […]

September 24, 2012

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 3.2: Shoe Lasts

Finalized product will have metal eyelets…..my round last shown below A shoes last is very important, for more reasons than one. Firstly, it makes up the shape of the shoe and there are about a trillion and one variations that one could come up. Secondly, it affects the fit, and thus the comfort of your shoe. So ever if you happen to design the coolest pattern and make the most pleasing shape ones eye could […]

September 10, 2012

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 3.1: The Creative Side — Shoe Designing

Let me first start of by saying that I have no credentials in shoe design and/or company branding. The closest that I have to design skills was drawing Wolverine and Ninja Turtles when I was a young boy. As far as company branding goes, well I did have a Minor (at University) in Marketing, but I dont really remember much about any of it if I am going to be honest. So, as you can […]

August 9, 2012

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English Eccentricism – Yellow Trousers!

While England is a country that has been deeply rooted in sartorial conservatism and tends to have a very strong idea of the way that ‘one should dress,’ there is another side of that coin that prides itself in the act of being eccentric. And while being conservatively elegant is something nice, it will never turn my head the way in which a well-dressed eccentric will. That being, my good friend Geoff here (who is […]

May 9, 2012

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Shoe Photography – Capturing The Right Light

Picture Courtesy of The Style Buff There is no light like natural light when it comes to shoe photography. But then again, even with that you will need the right camera. Time and time again, pictures will misrepresent the true beauty of a shoe. I know this better than anyone as I take pictures with my cell phone all of the time and due to that, nice shoes end up looking like junk. But this […]

April 10, 2012

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Hand-Stitching The Apron: By Enrile

Have you ever wondered why an apron-toe shoe might cost more than its cap-toe or wingtip counterpart? Well, more likely than not, it is because that ‘apron’ (as it is called – the stitching on the toe/vamp area), was put together by someone sewing it by hand. That handwork (as it is called) costs extra money. Now this might be slightly off the subject at hand but I must stress this importance –as I continue […]

March 22, 2012

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What I Am Wearing

The thing about me, is that I love blue, as you might know from previous posts, or as you might be able to tell by looking at this outfit. I mean, with the exception of the shoes, there is some form of blue in every other piece of my outfit. Some might find this excessive, but as I love it, it doesn’t matter. Now what I am getting at, is that I think that a […]