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November 14, 2016

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MTO John Lobb William – Brilliant!!

Just in case you can’t tell, that is green pebble grain on the left….beautiful! The other day I was frequenting my favorite street, Jermyn St. (as I often do), seeing what the haps was on the latest and greatest. I walked by John Lobb’s shop and was blown away by what I was seeing in their window display. Not only was there red suede double monks, but even more unique and impressive was the deep […]

September 2, 2016

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A Trip To Aubercy – Part 1 – Ready To Wear/MTO

***Post Originally written in 2012, re-posted for inspiration and for those of you that have yet to see it or experience Aubercy shoes**** For some time now, I have been very curious to know more about Aubercy shoes, to touch them, feel their leather, try them on and understand what makes them great. Just recently I had been in contact with the CEO, Xavier Aubercy, and had told him that the next time that I […]

February 19, 2015

New Bespoke Molto Monk by Gaziano & Girling

Gaziano & Girling have recently set the bar high by creating something that is truly the first of its kind. Named the ‘Molto Monk,’ the idea of it was to offer a seamless wholecut monkstrap that has an interchangeable strap. (It is not really a true seamless, but the strap covers the seam thus obtaining the appearance of something that is seamless.) The way in which they had to execute this idea was quite different […]

January 22, 2015

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New Scarpe di Bianco at Pitti Uomo 87

  Another brand that I always enjoy visiting while I am at Pitti Uomo is Scarpe di Bianco. Apart from enjoying a nice catch up with owner William White, I know that I can always count on them to have new interesting and cool models, such as most of these in the pictures. William does exactly what I would love to do if funds were more available and that is to simply make tons and […]

July 15, 2014

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New Models Around the Globe

I don’t know why I never did this before. I guess that I was just too busy thinking about finding the coolest shoes that I could, but obviously with the web at my fingertips, it was never difficult for me to gather what is new and share it with all of you. So here I am doing it now….better late than never, right?! Therefore allow me to share with you what I have gathered from […]

July 7, 2014

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Ivan Crivellaro – Not Just a Patina Artist

I had the real pleasure of finally putting a face to a name while at Pitti Uomo 86 and that name was Ivan Crivellaro. Having been a huge fan of his work and have communicated several times over internet, it was nice to finally meet another one of the men that is behind this new wave of patina greatness! And what is fascinating about this new wave of patina popularity in general is the fact […]

March 7, 2014

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The Sinister Strap by Koji Suzuki

There is something very sinister about this strap by Koji Suzuki for Spigola. It just looks like it has attitude to it and the fact that it brings out these feelings, to me, means that the design was well executed. I don’t personally like a strap that falls below the side of the vamp/last line (and thus close to the welt) but I can certainly appreciate the appeal of it, especially when a shoe looks […]

February 26, 2014

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Tan Double Monks by Laszlo Vass

I have a strange relationship with tan shoes, kind of like my relationship with glasses (eyewear). I like them on others and in theory as a product, but then I never really fancy them when they are on myself. But of all the shoes that a tan can come in, I find it most attractive on a double monk strap. Yet you rarely see it on a double monk strap. I guess not rarely, but […]

September 11, 2013

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Where is Barker Black?

It’s always exciting when a promising new brand comes about and starts doing things a little bit differently, yet still maintains a bit of classical elegance. Barker Black, for me, was just that and still very much is to this day. The only problem is that I don’t feel that they are making much headway in the industry, as I never really hear anything about them. I have only seen them stocked at Neiman Marcus […]

August 12, 2013

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New Bespoke Cleverley Models

George Cleverley has come out with a few new bespoke models this A/W2013 that look very promising and exciting! I particularly like the double monk, but am also quite intrigued by the brogue with what seems to have the most brogueing in the world. It’s looks very ‘old world.’ It reminds me of something from the 30’s/40’s, particularly how it looks as if they stitched the welt with about 18-20 stitches to the inch (10-12 […]