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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 […]

Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry – The List – The First Ten

There are many things that happen in the shoe world that make this snob a bit crazy when I see it occurring. Some of it I feel is done from lack of education so want to list these things here with future posts to go in detail on each one. Two of them, I have already written about so will start with those. Enjoy and if you find yourself doing these things, think about it! […]

January 11, 2018

The Crompton by Gaziano & Girling

  Simon Crompton has been honored with an MTO model by Gaziano & Girling, giving him the name of the model that he essentially created through the bespoke program back in 2012. Simon has presented these many times on this blog and in doing so has apparently created a very sought after model for G&G customers that has subsequently been commissioned by numerous other bespoke clients. So much so that this has now been offered […]

November 9, 2017

James Fox of Crockett & Jones – Interview

1.  What is your role at Crockett & Jones? And not just a title, what are you responsible for? I mainly focus on the hands on Marketing & Advertising… that sort of thing! We do print and digital production in-house, so it is one hell of a battle! It takes a big effort constantly creating content for the digital generation.   2.  How long have you worked at C&J? 8 years this coming spring.   […]

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 […]