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April 19, 2018

What’s In Your Shoe Closet vs. What Should Be In Your Shoe Closet?

For those of you who are just getting into dress shoes a question that you may ask yourself is ‘What do I need to make a well-rounded wardrobe?’ And it is a valid question too as there are a lot of options out there and knowing exactly what to get can be quite daunting, like when I have to pick a cloth for a MTM suit. The more options and availability the harder it can […]

April 17, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 – A Final Report

Last weekend the second edition of the world’s largest open event for classic men’s shoe took place – the London Super Trunk Show 2018. An amazing day with more than 800 people from all over the world who came to have a closer look at all exhibitors and the World Championships in both shoe shining and shoemaking. Here’s a summary in text and about hundred pictures. The event, hosted by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob, […]

April 16, 2018

Tōramally Shoes – Handwelted out of India!

The world is fast changing and it is quite impressive and scary at the same time to be honest. Thanks and to much demise to the industry (i.e. the brands), we now as consumers have the world at our fingertips in just a few clicks. This is great for the consumer. Now more than ever have the choices to get what you want never been more accessible. Even the little mom’s and pop’s shoemakers that […]

April 13, 2018

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Löf & Tung – New Swedish Shoe Brand on the Block!

Many of you will be familiar with the Swedish shoe shop, Skoaktiebolaget. Few of you might, however, be familiar with the history of the owners and how they came to be. Best friends from youth, Patrik Löf and Daniel Tung have been doing things for a long while as a team, a partnership. With a background (and another company) in IT but a liking for menswear, specifically shoes, they started their shoe adventure as agents […]

April 11, 2018

Bestetti Double Monk Done Differently

  The double monk came on the scene a few years back and hit it hard in popularity. The problem is that everyone did the same model and every brand’s version looked nearly identical. It was actually kind of funny how almost no one thought to do it differently until in reality, the popularity of the double monk fell off a bit. Now it is just a classic model that you either buy because you […]

April 5, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — April 7th, The Music Room — INFO FOR THE DAY

  This Saturday it’s time for the second edition of the London Super Trunk Show, held in the heart of London, gathering more than 10 superb exhibitors and hosting the World Championships in both shoemaking and shoe shining. Here’s some practical info ahead of the event, and how you who can’t join can follow the happenings online. The event takes place this Saturday April 7 at The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, in the middle of […]

April 2, 2018

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 — BRAND HIGHLIGHT #10 — J.FITZPATRICK FOOTWEAR

The final brand to be showcasing at the London Super Trunk Show is none other than my own brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear. Below you will find in italics what Jesper of Shoegazing had to write of my own brand as sometimes I find it hard to write about myself in this capacity. “The brand of one of the two event’s hosts, Justin ”The Shoe Snob” FitzPatrick founded his own footwear range J. FitzPatrick Footwear back in 2013, and […]

March 28, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 — BRAND HIGHLIGHT #9 — SKOLYX/TLB

The Swedish retailer Skolyx has made a name for itself through excellent customer service and a wide range of shoes from Spanish brand Yanko which you can find at their website. At the super trunk, they will kick-off a new venture which is a close collaboration with a brand new Mallorcan-based manufacturer called TLB. The new brand will be introduced closer to the event, but according to what Jesper, of Shoegzaing, has seen the new […]

March 27, 2018

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TAFT – Braided Boots

Braided shoes/boots/loafers etc are going to make a return, mark my word. More and more brands are bringing them out and for good reason too. A braided pair of shoes done right is very elegant. But so is the opposite. Done wrong and you can get some very disgusting looking footwear. Just think of Mezlan in their heyday making every monstrosity imaginable. And that’s the tricky thing about braided shoes. They have to be done right. […]

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 — BRAND HIGHLIGHT #8 — NORMAN VILALTA

Norman Vilalta comes from Argentina, originally as a lawyer, was trained in bespoke shoemaking by Stefano Bemer in Italy, and now works from a workshop studio in Barcelona. A couple of years ago he added a RTW range to accompany his bespoke footwear, which has been quite successful and now his RTW shoes are sold at various stores all around the world. He came onto the scene quickly and has made a major impact with designs […]