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November 8, 2016

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Barbanera Launches Online Shop

After several years of making MTO shoes via mail order, Barbanera has finally hit the big time and opened up their first online shop with an extensive Ready to Wear stock offering. Therefore, you no longer need to wait a few months to get a pair of Barbanera shoes, that is of course, you still want to participate in the MTO offering. I am very happy for them too as I have been telling them […]

October 31, 2016

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Bettanin & Venturi – The Review

Many of you might have not ever heard of Bettanin & Venturi and it comes as no surprise as they are only a 22 year old company (the history is much older though) that for the most part of their existence solely specialized in Norvegese construction and things that were on the heavier and chunky side of the shoe spectrum. But that has all changed now as I believe that they realized that specializing in […]

September 1, 2016

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New Faves from Skoaktiebolaget

I always love to see the new models and colorways that Skoaktiebolaget are coming out with for their super cool shop. Although they played it quite safe this A/W with mainly shoes in tones of browns, black and a few burgundy, some of the choices are quality in terms of style. I really love the whiskey cordovan that they used on many of their Enzo Bonafe models. It has a richness that I have not […]

August 17, 2016

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Mario Bemer – Reinventing the Wheel and Doing it Well!

Mario Bemer has been really pushing the boundary of design with his young collection and it is quite refreshing to see. Nearly every model he does has something that is distinctly his and rarely do you see anything something so common that it has been done before. And I am really rooting for him as my appreciation for his help and kindness during my time with Stefano Bemer will never be forgotten. What’s even better […]

August 9, 2016

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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 6, 2016

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Barbanera ‘Once upon a time in Italia’ collection – Sneak Peek

Barbanera has a new collection soon coming out titled ‘Once Upon A Time In Italia.’ While I won’t divulge too much on what that means as the official launch of it is not until their display at Pitti Uomo (in the main pavilion, lower level), I can say that the idea of this collection is very nice indeed, especially for those that truly understand Italian culture and heritage. And from the sneak peek that I […]

May 31, 2016

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Meccariello Madness Part 2

What I love about shoe design in the classic realm of footwear, is when someone really pushes the boundaries and does something completely unique but does so in such a tasteful way that while at first sight might seem over-the-top but at second glance makes you think twice. The featured shoe in this post does just that for me. It’s so uniquely different and could be see as agressive in it’s pattern at first glance […]