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October 22, 2013

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Brogues to You Make Yearn!!

Too busy to really write a lot in this moment, but just noticed these bad boys by Septieme Largeur and nearly fainted. It´s probably one of the best patinas I have ever seen. Not necessarily in it´s complexity but in the way that it flows with the pattern. Simply brilliant. The only downfall to all of you men who read the site, is the fact that this model is strictly for women. But maybe if […]

July 11, 2013

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Paulus Bolten – Flame On!!

You can always count on a patina artist to blow the socks off the crowd by creating a fire breathing shoe, and that is exactly what Paulus Bolten did just here in a recent collaboration with Ferrari (if I read the French script right). There are not too many color combinations more bold than red and yellow and while I hesitate to say that I myself would even rock these bad boys, I can certainly […]

November 15, 2012

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Paulus Bolten To The Rescue!!!

It truly is amazing to see how a shoe can be transformed from rubbish bin status, to practically brand new with a little dye and polish. And there are not too many people more skilled than my friend Paulus Bolten, who I have seen many times take the worst of them (shoes) and restore back to things of beauty, as he did here. While there aren’t too many people capable of this type of restoration […]

June 4, 2012

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The Beauty of a Custom Patina

It’s my last day in Seattle and therefore I am trying to use my limited time to spend with all of my friends and family, which ultimately meanss that I don’t have a lot of time for the blog today. I will do my best tomorrow to have a long post up, but there will not be any guarantees. In the meanwhile, I will leave you with a pair of J.M. Westons’ that Paulus Bolten […]

May 23, 2012

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Altan Bottier Beauties!!

Well, it’s been another crazy busy day, scrambling around to sort out everything before my big trip home and because of all of this, I am left again without much time to write on the blog. But rest assured, instead of fruitless words, I am going to leave you with some unbelievable shoe porn that will leave you yearning for a pair of Altan shoes. Don’t thank me now…it’s my pleasure! I might try and […]

January 27, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Alexandre Portejoie

As much as you don’t see burgundy shoes as often as I would like to, I can tell you that burgundy boots are even far less common, yet to me are ever so more appealing than what you do actually see on the shelves. This model here is by a French shoe designer/maker, named Alexandre Portejoie, who is quite known for his out-of-this-world creations. This boot, while being still a bit on the ‘forward’ side […]

January 4, 2012

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Today’s Favorites: Customer’s Berluti Shoes

I never seem to tire of old Berluti shoes. Every time I have to shine them, even though they are not my favorite shoe, I seem to enjoy them more than anything else. Partly because the leather shines so easily and therefore makes my job a lot more pleasurable, but mainly because of the fact that even when they come to me all beat up and knackered beyond belief, after a bit of polish and […]

October 19, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Blog Reader’s Shoes from Septieme Largeur

One of the biggest reasons that I started this blog, was because I have a long term goal to see men wearing better shoes, in the sense that they actually appreciate what they are wearing on their feet. It does not have to be what I like, but it has to be evident that they actually care about what they are wearing. Too many men just don’t care and it shows, and to me it’s […]

August 14, 2011

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Aged Burgundy Berluti’s

I don’t think that any color of shoe ages more beautifully than that of burgundy/oxblood/cordovan. The natural patina that a burgundy shoe creates over the years, due to wear & tear, the sunlight, dirt, practically everything really, brings out the most unique coloring effects on the leather. So when a customer brought me these lovely Berluti wholecuts, that looked about 10-15 years old, I knew that I was going to have to share them with […]

August 3, 2011

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Paris Part 2 — Paulus Bolten, The Patina Artist

As many of you who frequently read my blog may know, the art of the patina is something that is appreciated and practiced, as a profession, by several people in France. One of those people, would be the magnificent Paulus Bolten, who is the owner of Patine & Glacage Souliers. So while I was in Paris, I figured that even though I love all of my shoes the way they are, I might as well […]