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September 20, 2016

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Gaziano & Girling New ‘Savile’ Monkstrap

For those that may not know Gaziano & Girling have just recently celebrated their 10th anniversary and I couldn’t be happier for them. I still remember the day that I discovered them, like it was yesterday, in their first every bit of publicity in the US version of Robb Report. They have certainly come a long way since then and it has been well deserved. To celebrate their 10 years in business making beautiful shoes […]

September 19, 2016

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Comparing Shoe Brands – Apples & Oranges

All Pictures are of Gaziano & Girling shoes (and have nothing to do with the post, just for looks) Not long ago I was able to peruse the internet in the hopes to see what was going on in the minds of others (in regards to shoes of course). There are a few forums that I scour through from time to time to read the gossip and get great pictures from. I happen to stumble across a […]

September 12, 2016

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Exotics – Your cow leather alternatives

Shoes Above: Crocodile by Riccardo Bestetti Up until I moved to Italy to learn bespoke shoemaking, I never really was a fan of exotics. This was partly due to the fact that in America, certain exotic leathers are made in a way that they are insanely gaudy i.e. blue and green ‘pythons’, yellow ‘gators,’ pink stingray etc. And the other reason being that many of them are made, in my opinion, on the ugliest lasts […]

August 24, 2016

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Reader Question – Value of Quality??

Crockett & Jones – Clifford, Courtesy of Rugged Old Salt A reader recently asked me a question that I found to be quite pertinent to the interest of the average shoe purchaser who may not have unlimited funds. Please see question below: “I wanted to get your opinion on quality/worth since I am not knowledgeable to the same extent as someone in your position. I need a pair of black cap toe dress shoe and have […]

August 15, 2016

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Grades Of Shoe Craftsmanship

Bespoke shoes by Gaziano & Girling As I have stated before, there seems to be a whole lot of confusion as to how a shoe is made (whether by hand, machine or a bit of both), particularly due to the lack of knowledge from salesmen at retail stores, as well as the misrepresentation of words (such as ‘handmade’) printed on a shoe itself and/or the marketing of most brands. These two things, coupled with the […]

July 14, 2016

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The Cap Shine

  There is one simple thing that can make nearly any shoe look better and that is a cap shine. Something about having a shiny toe does a lot of justice to one’s appearance. It can even make a really crappy shoe look half-way decent. Yet, all too often you see shoes that looked like they haven’t seen polish since they left the factory as many guys buy their shoes, wear them to hell and […]

June 1, 2015

What’s On Instagram These Days

    I know that many of you don’t participate in Instagram, but I do show many things on there that I don’t manage to get on the blog, as the blog is only a once-a-day activity whereas IG is something that I try to update 1-3 times a day at least (more if I am really in the mood!). Therefore, in the hopes to not deprive those (that don’t participate) of the shoe greatness […]