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November 16, 2016

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Paolo Scafora – A Man Worth Knowing

  (Repost from Pitti Uomo 2014) While in Florence, I had the absolute pleasure of spending a good amount of time with Paolo Scafora (a Neapolitan shoemaker), and not just in a business environment but in a friendly environment, an environment that allows one to just be natural. I must say that he was one of the most kind and generous people that I have ever met (not to take away from all of the […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

May 26, 2016

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The Shoe’s Beginning – Ivan Crivellaro

  It’s quite interesting to see how the patina of an Ivan Crivellaro shoe will take form, especially on the ones that have so many pieces of leather to them all with different ideas, such as these two do. Here Ivan shows us how some of his shoes are prepared for such intricate finished patinas. But not all shoes are done like this I am sure, as I presume that he will also do patina […]

April 13, 2016

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Mario Bemer Bespoke

The side profile of Mario Bemer’s bespoke shoes are always flawless in my eyes. Now when I say flawless normally I am talking about the making side but in Mario’s shoes, not only do I mean the making but mainly I am talking about the shoes pattern and details in absolute proportion. You see the Japanese makers will have flawless craftsmanship but the proportions to their shoes and patterns are not always there for me. […]

March 7, 2016

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Bontoni ‘Incanto’ for Bergdorf Goodman

  Last time I was in NYC (Nov ’15), I took my typical stroll from Leffot in the Village, up to 6th and about 40th or so, across to 5th and then up to Bergdorfs and I saw this shoe by Bontoni. —This is my usual routine when I get to NYC. It not only allows me to take the city for all of its glory with a nice 50-block walk, but is also the perfect […]