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October 17, 2016

No Two Brown Shoes Are Equal

The beauty of brown shoes or shades of brown leather is that even the exact pair of shoes can look different, not only through polishing but also through natural aging depending on not only the climate of the wearer but also the way they treat their shoes. While I have started to like black shoes a bit more as I get older, I still appreciate the various shades of browns/tans due to their ability to […]

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 […]

July 22, 2016

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Grain Leather Should Be Used More

I really like grain leather these days. I have really been appreciating it in other brands and have been trying it more and more in my own collection on shoes as opposed to just using it on the common boot. And when I saw this Edward Green Plymouth in this dark brown pin grain, I fell in love with it and realized just how wonderfully a nice grain can suit a specific model. Now most […]

June 3, 2016

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New Japanese Brand Set to Stun! – Floriwonne by FG Trente

  Floriwonne by FG Trente is yet another brand that I have found on Instragram courtesy of Bespoke-Makers account. I can’t say that I am quite sure if it is a collaboration between a patina artist (what I presume to be Floriwonne) and a shoemaker (FG Trente) but all that I do know is that the shoes are beautiful and have shape like a laser cut diamond! With their Japanese perfection in making, they also […]

April 19, 2016

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The Brogue of All Brogues by Dimitri Gomez

A full brogue has a lot of hole punching on it. And it’s interesting to think that a model adopted from a shoe that used to let water go through, found in the marshlands of Scotland has become such a staple piece in dress footwear. And yet its funny that people will be afraid to wear a navy blue shoe yet will wear a shoe that has holes everywhere. Collective societal thinking is an interesting […]

April 7, 2016

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Amrik Chaggar – London Bespoke Shoes

If I am going to be honest, I am getting quite bored of Instagram (maybe because I have 3 accounts) but one thing that I can’t knock it for is the ability to discover new things and see lots of pictures of shoes. It is after all how I have discovered many things, including London bespoke shoemaker, Amrik Chaggar. Now I can’t say that I have gone in-depth into to his background, but what I […]

March 22, 2016

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Barker’s New Brogues

Sometimes to break the norm, you don’t actually need to create something new but just refresh the details. That is precisely what Barker has done with their new full brogue, set for S/S2016 release. It would appear that they created a new medallion which I say is quite interesting. And on top of that, for their brogueing punches instead of your common round hole shape, they used star shaped punches. But the shoe itself is […]