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March 8, 2017

London Super Trunk Show — Brand Showcase #4 – Hiro Yanagimachi

For many regular readers Hiro Yanagimachi will not need much of an introduction after taking the high end shoe industry by storm in the last few years, particularly with one of the best Instagram accounts out there constantly serving up things of beauty in image form. The beauty about his visit to our London Super Trunk is that very rare that Japanese bespoke shoemakers actually visit Europe for trunk shows, which makes it extra special […]

December 19, 2016

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42 Royal Highland – Doing Things Different

  Japanese brand, 42nd Royal Highland, has really been impressing me as of lately. Firstly they appear to really love the saddle style, as I do, so I am quite biased for that reason. But most importantly, you can see that they are all about being different, going against the grain and mixing it up between classic and fun. And any brand that does it, is on my radar for greatness. The only problem, for […]

Things To Know About Shoes Part 5: 41-50

41. Many well known European shoe brands (clothing too) claim their products are made in their country, but outsource about 80% of their production to China/India only to finish the shoes in their country and slap on “Made in Europe”….lots of lies out there 42. Toe taps are essential to unnecessary premature re-soling, especially if you are hard on your toes (i.e. jump off your toes with a lot of force when walking). Toe taps […]

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 […]

July 18, 2016

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Classics Beyond Classics – Main D’Or

Today has been so manic that I really don’t even have time to write much but I saw these bespoke shoes by Main D’or on Claymoor’s List and fell in love. They make classic shoes look better than I have ever seen before and that is no lie. They are completely flawless in every aspect from making to last shape and balance of last, to pattern design and every other little details that one could […]

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 6, 2016

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Yohei Fukuda Perfection

There are handmade bespoke shoes and then there are Handmade Bespoke Shoes. Guess which one Yohei Fukuda makes? You see, anyone can learn to make shoes, but few can learn to make them to the level that this master shoemaker does. When you see his shoes in person you see complete, flawless perfection. They are literally jaw-dropping and it makes me wonder how much time he puts into one pair. Nevertheless these have to be […]