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July 26, 2017

Spectators by Aubercy

  You dont often see people wearing the classic spectator combo these days despite the progression of bold colors in footwear. And it makes me wonder why. Something that was traditionally worn by many of the style icons of the early to mid 20th century it is something that seems to have lost its popularity in modern day times. I guess there are too many people now wear blue or green shoes mixed with flannels […]

July 24, 2017

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Unique Design Feature by Berluti

Now that I am in a new territory for content, I passed by Bergdorf Goodman the other day and had a look at their selection of shoes to see what was popular here in the US. The brand ambassador for Berluti happened to be there that day and we chatted quickly about their selection. He was a nice guy and showed me what they had in stock. I managed to notice this extremely unique wholecut […]

July 17, 2017

Aubercy Visit 2017 — French Kings of Cool Shoes

  Not having traveled for over a year and a half before I left London meant that I could not visit one of my favorite cities and that even being one that is so close to London. Of course as you can guess from the shoemaker in the title, that city is Paris. But luckily before I ventured off to the Big Apple, I managed to sneak in a trip there and of course while […]

July 11, 2017

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What Makes A Shoe Attractive?

I have seen cheap shoes look good and expensive shoes look terrible. More often than not, it is not so much about the components of the shoe as much as it is the execution of the design. But the design is made up of much more than one may think. Now, the idea of attraction is quite subjective but then again I just don’t think that it really is when it comes to being on […]

June 16, 2017

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This Week’s Favorite – Stephane Jimenez Saddle Oxford

As many of you know, I am a super fan of the saddle oxford, ever since I saw the iconic bespoke sample in the workshop of Stefano Bemer back in 2008. It is not often that you see a saddle oxford that is strikingly different than the original design, but Stephane Jimenez (who also trained under Bemer) made one that is quite amazingly different than the iconic model. And it is dashingly handsome to say […]

April 26, 2017

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Bobbies – Driving Loafers Done Differently

For me, the idea of a driving loafer is to be comfortable and casual. It is a fun shoe, not a stuffy dress shoe that should be black and boring. Driving shoes, while can be uniform in a dark color, in my mind should be playful and different. It’s something that you wear in the Summer when the sky is beautiful and light, colors are vivid and life is relaxed. This is how I picture […]

April 17, 2017

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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 […]

December 6, 2016

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

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 […]