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June 28, 2017

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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 […]

April 18, 2017

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Additions To Your Sole

There is much debate on whether or not one should add things to his/her sole to make them last longer/protect from the elements. Some argue in favor of adding rubber/metal, others swear that it actually ruins your shoes in the long run. But who is right? Well, while my word is not fact, I will put my two cents in and break down both the for’s and against’s in order to come to a conclusion […]

News In The Industry – Things to Watch Out For!

New things are going on all of the time in the shoe industry but it is hard to keep up with it all so I have compiled a short list of things that I find relevant and hopefully what you guys might also appreciate. Hope that you enjoy at least one of the bits of news! Carmina launches wide width GMTO — Carmina has officially launched a EEE width GMTO collection which allows those with […]

January 25, 2017

Leffot – New Products for NYC

I always look forward to seeing what retailers are stocking in their shops as new pieces and makers they bring on board. Now of course, I never care about the boring black oxford that they will stock, but do more so like seeing the choice daring pieces that I know that they are taking a risk on, like these Brighton loafers by Corthay. I had someone ask me recently, ‘Justin, don’t you ever get afraid […]

November 24, 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving + Shoes

First and foremost, I would like to wish all that celebrate, a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was always my favorite holiday, mainly because I literally got all of my family into one room (one part of it that is, my mother’s is mainly in Mexico) and secondly because the food was a treat. My great grandparents made the most amazing gravy and I would drizzle it onto my whole plate…..the good ‘ol days. And as sad […]

October 24, 2016

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Leffot Officially Launched in Chicago

The time has finally come for Chicago and Chicagoans: You now have a great shoe shop to get all your shoe fixes from. And that shop is none other than the legendary Leffot, who first opened their doors in NYC back in 2008. Since then, as one of the catalysts to the boutique multi-branded shoe shops of upper-scale-offering, they have continued to lead the way in the industry by offering not only timeless classics but […]

September 28, 2016

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The New iGent Shoe – Apron Toe Derby

It is very interesting to watch the internet and see how trends take form. I remember when the double monk was all the rage and everyone who wore dress shoes for work wanted to get a pair of double monks. I don’t know where it began and how it took form but once it did, it was like an uncontrollable virus that spread through all of the cracks and crannies of the menswear industry. But […]

July 22, 2016

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Grain Leather Should Be Used More

I really like grain leather these days. I have really been appreciating it in other brands and have been trying it more and more in my own collection on shoes as opposed to just using it on the common boot. And when I saw this Edward Green Plymouth in this dark brown pin grain, I fell in love with it and realized just how wonderfully a nice grain can suit a specific model. Now most […]

June 1, 2016

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Leffot Launches Chicago Shop This A/W

It is always nice to see good businesses expanding and it appears that one of the pioneers of multi-brand shoe shops of the upper calibre, Leffot, has finally been able to take his (Steven Taffel – owner) initial idea and expand it to another great city in the US: the city of Chicago! And it is well done on him as I feel that Chicago was always one of those places that needed a shop […]

April 19, 2016

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The Brogue of All Brogues by Dimitri Gomez

A full brogue has a lot of hole punching on it. And it’s interesting to think that a model adopted from a shoe that used to let water go through, found in the marshlands of Scotland has become such a staple piece in dress footwear. And yet its funny that people will be afraid to wear a navy blue shoe yet will wear a shoe that has holes everywhere. Collective societal thinking is an interesting […]