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October 11, 2017

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Nicholas Templeman Oxford with Fierceness

  Pulling off an aggressive line in a classic shoe is a hard thing to do. And when I say aggressive I don’t mean it in negative way but rather something as drastically different to what a classic shoe normally (and with strong standard) entails. The facing is done with very sharp and well thought out detailing. The harmonious point in which the curve of the facing parrallels with the wing cap is very subtle […]

September 20, 2017

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A Proper Winter Boot by Loake

I saw this picture (above) on Instagram yesterday and was extremely impressed not only for the quality of the photography but also the nice looking pair of boots by Loake that IG user @muddy250 was wearing. I dont often post Loake for not being a huge fan of 75% of their stuff but I must say that these look like a top notch boot for what I am sure is a great price. And it […]

September 15, 2017

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Crockett & Jones New A/W17 Collection

While Summer is still technically something we can claim for 6 more days, on a weather and style basis it is over, and many brands are now preparing and launching their products for the A/W season that is upon us. Crockett and Jones, as you can see here have added some new things to the mix, like that pair of roughed up blue chelsea boots, a v-shaped gore on the beetle boot, the new highlighted wing […]

August 30, 2017

This Week’s Instagram Favorites

Instagram is literally one of the sole sources I now use for inspiration for the blog’s photos. That is how incredibly powerful it has become. Which is quite impressive, to say the least. Nearly every shoemaker in the world has an Instagram account and many of them use that as their sole inspiration of marketing. Although I wished they all had blogs, as no matter how convenient IG is, it doesn’t paint a story as […]

July 21, 2017

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New & Lingwood – Summer Chukkas in All Colors

The word ‘boot’ usually brings to mind Autumn/Winter feelings and thoughts of the corresponding attire but when thinking of a chukka boot, I tend to think of it as a go-to Spring/Summer boot. The casual nature of the chukka boot often sits better under the materials/styles we tend to wear in the summery months, such as chinos/denim/linens etc . Whereas our corduroys/wool/tweeds tend to pair nicely with leather boots, often high in nature and quite […]

July 18, 2017

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The Shoe Cirlce by GGDecoMan

Making a good shoe circle image is not as easy as it looks. Getting the shoes to be nearly perfect in terms of distance and height/balance is challenging and if one shoe is off, it throws off the whole circle. This picture by GG-Deco-Man ( IG @ggdecoman ) is probably the best that I have seen not only for the way the the shoes were angled (as opposed to straight out) but also for the […]

July 12, 2017

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Crockett & Jones – Customer Endorsements

The greatest power a brand can have in today’s social media is the ability to have other people freely promoting their products. And with the way that social media works in today’s world every brand has this opportunity to take advantage of, if they can do it right. Crockett & Jones has had a major impact on social media, namely Instagram, with this and the sheer amount of customers that not only wear their shoes […]

June 22, 2017

Crockett & Jones Archive Shoes

I once asked Tony Gaziano, of Gaziano & Girling, who he thought made the best shoes of all time and he told me Crockett & Jones circa the beginning of the 1900’s. Not to cut them down today, but shoemaking around that time was phenomenally different than what we see now days. I could go on all day on theories why that is, but I will save that debate for another post. More to the […]

May 17, 2017

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Gaziano & Girling New Jodhpur Boot Model

Gaziano & Girling never stop ceasing to impress with this new jodhpur boot model that they have launched a few weeks back. Unlike most jodhpur boots that share a very similar pattern, G&G really thought hard about making this one a step and above. First and foremost, you almost never see the seam go all the way to the joint of the foot. Lobb had one that went 3/4 of the arch placement but G&G […]

April 20, 2017

Gaziano & Girling Launches RTW Outlet in NYC

  Gaziano & Girling is launching a RTW stock presence in NYC early next week which is a huge step for them to gaining more traction in the US and probably one step closer to one day having their own shop in the Big Apple. But baby steps on that idea which is precisely why they have started with a showroom in the heart of the city whereby a constant presence of RTW can be […]