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December 6, 2016

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A Trip to Corthay – London

It is not often that I get to visit the Corthay shop in London. It might sound silly that while it is only about 20 mins away, it feels like eternity to get there and come back and with as hectic as my days are, it is hard to justify it. Also I am not a fan of Knightsbridge and all of the flash that goes on there. I much prefer Mayfair. But that is […]

November 29, 2016

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Aubercy’s Latest Creations

The Parisian shoe house, Aubercy, never ceases to amaze me for their design brilliance. I won’t lie and say that I love every intricate design that they make, but I can appreciate the majority of them and love a great many, such as this new amazing penny loafer with contrasted piping. This loafer, while nothing groundbreaking in terms of design just goes to show you the little details that make up shoe design such as […]

Things To Know About Shoes Part 5: 41-50

41. Many well known European shoe brands (clothing too) claim their products are made in their country, but outsource about 80% of their production to China/India only to finish the shoes in their country and slap on “Made in Europe”….lots of lies out there 42. Toe taps are essential to unnecessary premature re-soling, especially if you are hard on your toes (i.e. jump off your toes with a lot of force when walking). Toe taps […]

November 15, 2016

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Altan – Shoe Design Extraordinaire!

  I have a lot of time for shoe brands that are actually out there doing something different, and Altan Bottier is certainly one of them. It takes no skill to simply tell a factory to make a common cap toe oxford or your standard full brogue. They all have those common patterns stored in their computer. But it takes real skill to make something that no one else has ever done and it come […]

October 11, 2016

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A Trip To Berluti – London: Part Two

Further to my post yesterday on Berluti here are some more pictures to see a glimpse of what they do on the leather goods side of things. Their patina’s, for me, are most certainly not among the best in the world but the vividness of their coloring and the range of colors that they can achieve are impressive for sure. For example that deep teal green is sublime and is not an easy color to […]

October 7, 2016

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Things To Know About Shoes Part 4: 31-40

31. Super fine sandpaper (the finest possible – P1200) is good for cleaning dirty suede. Just don’t go gung-ho as like anything, going extreme will have it’s adverse effects. 32. Fit is and always will be subjective to personal taste. Much of this personal taste will stem from cultural ideology. This is why 3-D scanning technology will never replace bespoke shoemakers, as a machine cannot interpret people’s needs/likes. For arguments sake let’s say that we […]

September 24, 2016

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Orban’s – The Brand To Watch Out For In 2016

For those that have yet to discover, there is a brand new shoe venture on the scene and their name is Orban’s. The company was founded and launched by the same man, Mr. Marcos Fernandez, that brought to the world the very famous brand Septieme Largeur. Wanting to offer well made shoes at an unbeatable entry level price, he decided to create Orban’s and thus attempt realize his vision of seeing more and more people […]