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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 […]

September 30, 2016

Baudoin & Lange ‘Sagan’ Loafer Review

My friend Mr. Allan Baudoin has come a long way since being just a young computer science student from Paris to launching his own bespoke shoe label ‘Allan Baudoin’ and now going one step further by entering the RTW shoe game with his famous Belgian loafer, the ‘Sagan’ under the name of Baudoin & Lange. It’s great as well as I saw Allan a long time struggling to find his niche and figure out how […]

September 2, 2016

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A Trip To Aubercy – Part 1 – Ready To Wear/MTO

***Post Originally written in 2012, re-posted for inspiration and for those of you that have yet to see it or experience Aubercy shoes**** For some time now, I have been very curious to know more about Aubercy shoes, to touch them, feel their leather, try them on and understand what makes them great. Just recently I had been in contact with the CEO, Xavier Aubercy, and had told him that the next time that I […]

April 18, 2016

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Blue Suede Simplicity by Septieme Largeur

For Spring/Summer we all want to comfortable because let’s be honest, when it is overly hot that is anything but comfortable. Now while I am not the type of guy that tends to go around without socks, I can imagine the appeal particularly when it is in a nice pair of suede numbers such as these beauties by Septieme Largeur. And while I think that green is the color of 2016, I can’t lie and […]

April 20, 2015

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Bowling Shoes Are Back….by Septieme Largeur

  People tend to make fun of the bowling shoe style, but when thinking about it, most of the best sneakers of all time are designed in that exact same pattern, e.g. Converse Chuck Taylor, Common Projects classic trainer and Superga (let alone a bunch of others). So it came as no surprise that when thinking of something fun to make for the S/S2015 season, Septieme Largeur also used that classic pattern and knocked out […]

March 24, 2015

The Shortwing Wingtip

I am all for tradition and not necessarily breaking the mold (altogether), but every now and then it’s nice to bend the rules a bit and do things slightly differently. This full brogue Corthay model, called Vendome, does just that by not only creating the pattern with lines that are far more curvaceous than normal, but more so by using a very small wing cap as opposed to the traditional one that is much larger. […]

October 20, 2014

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Jacques & Demeter – A Cool Take On The Winter Boot

For all of you Longwing lovers out there, I presume that something like these new Jacques & Demeter boots will be just up your alley for a potential winter boot purchase for this upcoming season. The weather is starting to turn for the worse and I find myself gravitating to the thought of boots and flannel. While these shown are not necessarily something that I would wear with flannel, I am lucky enough to be […]

September 19, 2013

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Simple Elegance by Aubercy

This is probably the most beautiful simple shoe that I have ever seen. It’s just so elegantly plain, but has all of the little details that make it stand out from all of the other plain cap toe oxfords (those being shape, toe, construction, color etc.). And that is one thing that I love about Aubercy: their ability to make boring shoes look amazing! The pair that I have from them is a very simple […]

July 10, 2013

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An Ode to Blue Dress Shoes

I have said it at least once and I will most likely say it at least a million times more, but the simple fact is that blue dress shoes (for me) remain the most underutilized option in the footwear industry. While certain shades of blue can pose as a bit over the top, I really don’t see how a dark navy or even that Edward Green spectator (below) would be seen as any more ostentatious […]

July 9, 2013

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Balmoral Darby by Septieme Largeur – Pure Greatness!!

Here is an rememberance to one of Septieme Largeur’s greatest piece of footwear excellence, The Derby Balmoral! In all its glory it is one of the best derbys that I have ever seen and mainly so because of the fact that it provides a mirage of being an oxford. And those that know me well also know that I am not only weak for balmorals but also for a nice, clean plain-toe that highlights the shape of […]