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December 1, 2017

Calzoleria Carlino – New Bespoke Footwear on the Block!

Now more than ever is the ‘time of the bespoke shoemaker.’ With the help of shoemaking schools all around the world, the internet aka YouTube, shoemaking blogs, apprenticeships galore, it is a lot easier to find a way to learn the knowledge of shoemaking then it was even 10-20 years ago. Case in point is the young shoemaker Riccardo Carlino of Calzoleria Carlino who is only 24 and now has his own workshop and business, which to […]

November 26, 2017

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World Championships in Shoemaking – Call for competition

We are very proud to announce the first World Championships in Shoemaking, where the final takes place during the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, 2018. In the prize pool is £6,000 (€6,700) and a chance to be showcased for shoe lovers around the world. Here’s all the info about the competition. The World Championships in Shoemaking is organized by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob, in collaboration with Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project. Around 100 […]

What Is a Handmade Shoe?

I recently wrote a piece about lies in the industry and how the terms ‘handmade’ and no-middlemen and the like were tossed around like confetti and that they meant nothing as were both used incorrectly. Of course, you have people that love to be blind to reality and want to believe in pure bliss like denial that their factory made shoes are ‘handmade.’ That being, as I am on a quest to really educate the […]

November 16, 2017

TYE Shoemaker Braided Shoes

I have really been digging braided shoes lately so much so that I will introduce them into my shoe line in the very near future. But the best ones that I have ever seen are these ones by Japanese bespoke shoemaker, TYE. This pair is simply flawless, beyond flawless even. I love the braided topline piping that goes into the facing. I have never seen anything like that and think that it is a very […]

November 13, 2017

Lies in the Shoe Industry – Handmade, Middlemen, Top leather etc.

  ****brands in post pics are not culprits of what the topic discusses*** It’s amazing the amount of crap you read these days about handmade this, no middlemen that, the best leather in the world etc. I feel that automatically if you read that on a website or ad, you should simply not believe it, especially when the shoe is for only $200-$300. And it makes me fear for humanity’s intelligence when they actually believe […]

October 30, 2017

Mexican Shoemaker Doing Thing Different – Atelier Amareto

Those of you in the US might be familiar with the shoemaking culture that Mexico has had over the last century, but for of you on the other side of the planet, it might come as a surprise to know that in Leon, Mexico shoemaking has been thriving for many many years and clearly still continues with brands like Atelier Amareto by Claudio Lopez. With Mexico’s proximity to the United States, it might not come as […]

October 11, 2017

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Nicholas Templeman Oxford with Fierceness

  Pulling off an aggressive line in a classic shoe is a hard thing to do. And when I say aggressive I don’t mean it in negative way but rather something as drastically different to what a classic shoe normally (and with strong standard) entails. The facing is done with very sharp and well thought out detailing. The harmonious point in which the curve of the facing parrallels with the wing cap is very subtle […]

September 29, 2017

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Hand Sewn Aprons by Saint Crispins

If you start to pay attention to shoes, you will notice that many brands apron stitches on the vamp are quite standardized in shape and proportion to the last. Therefore most aprons are the same. But not Saint Crispins who does all kinds of shapes, designs and sizes of hand stitched aprons on the vamp. For example their typical apron stitch on their loafer (as highlighted) always comes with a shorter apron, which I actually find […]

September 12, 2017

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New Oxford Model by Enrile

Spanish shoemaker Enrile, has recently released a new model that I find to be quite attractive and unique. His models are often hit more miss with me, more so for the bulbous last shapes. But this one while still having quite a puffed up toe, at least has a more slender silhouette which is very pleasing to my eye. The puffed wingtip and heel counter feature I always found intriguing, never loving it but neither […]