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August 18, 2017

Leffot ‘Pre-Owned Program’ – New Way of Recycling Shoes

It’s a new day and age in the retail shoe world, for Leffot has started something that no one else has before and it is quite interesting, to say the least. That being, in the ever-evolving world of retail and the online monster that we call reality, one needs to always stay on top of new ideas to stay afloat as there are always companies out there with great ideas that will make you look […]

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 […]

July 6, 2017

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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 […]

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 […]

March 27, 2017

Corthay Shop Visit S/S2017 – Motcombe St. London

I recently had my bi-annual trip to Corthay of London, on Motcombe st in Knightsbridge, to see what was happening for Spring/Summer 2017 and had some intersting findings. Not everything was to my personal liking but what was interesting about it (particularly all of the pony hair shoes/boots) was that it really shows that there is truly a market for everything, no matter how crazy it might be!! Apparently the pony haired boots have been […]

A Shoe Collection of a True Aficionado

Some people love cars, some love watches, some love video games and then there are those that love menswear, particularly the staple ingredient known as ‘shoes.’ And then there are some people that love them way more than others and have a true passion for them, in all sorts of shapes, colors and styles. Sole Preacher of Instagram is one of those gentleman, a true shoe aficionado collecting anything from patina’d sneakers, to shoes with […]

News In The Industry – Things to Watch Out For!

New things are going on all of the time in the shoe industry but it is hard to keep up with it all so I have compiled a short list of things that I find relevant and hopefully what you guys might also appreciate. Hope that you enjoy at least one of the bits of news! Carmina launches wide width GMTO — Carmina has officially launched a EEE width GMTO collection which allows those with […]

January 25, 2017

Leffot – New Products for NYC

I always look forward to seeing what retailers are stocking in their shops as new pieces and makers they bring on board. Now of course, I never care about the boring black oxford that they will stock, but do more so like seeing the choice daring pieces that I know that they are taking a risk on, like these Brighton loafers by Corthay. I had someone ask me recently, ‘Justin, don’t you ever get afraid […]

December 6, 2016

A Trip to Corthay – London

It is not often that I get to visit the Corthay shop in London. It might sound silly that while it is only about 20 mins away, it feels like eternity to get there and come back and with as hectic as my days are, it is hard to justify it. Also I am not a fan of Knightsbridge and all of the flash that goes on there. I much prefer Mayfair. But that is […]

Thomas Kalflo Patina Interview

For those that may have not ever heard of this name before, allow me to give you a brief intro on exactly who is Mr. Thomas Kalflo. First and foremost he is a very talented, young Parisian gentleman who above all is an artist. His drawing capabilities are second to none and with his artistry background, about 5-6 years ago he decided to dive into the world of Patina, first at Corthay and then for […]