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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 […]

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 […]

November 14, 2016

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MTO John Lobb William – Brilliant!!

Just in case you can’t tell, that is green pebble grain on the left….beautiful! The other day I was frequenting my favorite street, Jermyn St. (as I often do), seeing what the haps was on the latest and greatest. I walked by John Lobb’s shop and was blown away by what I was seeing in their window display. Not only was there red suede double monks, but even more unique and impressive was the deep […]

November 12, 2016

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Aubercy Part 3: Masaru Okuyama, Tuczek, Anthony Cleverley

Another project that Xavier Aubercy has just started working on is the publicizing of other less known shoemakers from the various countries around the world that one may not think about. That being, because Xavier loves the idea of well-made, put-your-heart-into-it footwear, he is doing his best to spread the name of less known artists, such as Masaru Okuyama, in order to spread the love, so to speak. I thought that this was so brilliant. […]

July 8, 2016

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The British Pound Has Dropped — Take Advantage Before It Rises Again

  With the recent drop in the pound of about 25% in value, shopping for British products has been a lot cheaper for most everyone in the world as of late. This has probably made many of you happy, as buying British shoes has always been an expensive and risky undertaking. But not anymore. For those of you in the US, it is particularly good as your government recently raised the exclusion level of personal […]

September 22, 2015

Norman Vilalta Uniqueness

What I love about Norman Vilalta shoes is the fact that they are always something different aka unique. There is not much normality going on in his collection and I think it’s great. It’s had to start a brand only doing things that push the envelope and 90% of Norman’s collection does just that. And maybe that is the reason that he has done so well. I mean, who else is doing reverse patina on […]

May 15, 2015

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Hero Shots by Skoaktiebolaget

    I have always emphasized the importance of the “hero shot” when it comes to representing footwear. The problem with shoes is that their essence is very hard to capture in a photo, particularly in the standard white background packshot. Elegance, beauty and quality when it comes to shoes are things that really need to be seen in a natural environment and even more so, in person. The best one can do in photography […]

March 16, 2015

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Good Light + Beautiful Shine = Great Photography

I have said it before and I will most likely say it again but good light, a fun backdrop and a good shine equals a beautiful representation of any shoe, particularly the nice ones. This picture, shot by one of the employees at The Armoury NYC, of the double monk Saint Crispins cap boot is one of the nicest that I have seen in awhile. What I really like about it (apart from the lovely […]

March 3, 2015

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Norman Vilalta RTW and US Trunk Show Debut

After much anticipation Norman Vilalta is finally releasing his ready to wear brand at none other than Leffot of NYC, in the form of a trunk show. He will be doing so this March 5th and 6th at the illustrious New York City shoe shop and I can only say that I am happy for him. After having worked on this for a few years now and coming out with some very lovely and unique […]

January 22, 2015

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New Scarpe di Bianco at Pitti Uomo 87

  Another brand that I always enjoy visiting while I am at Pitti Uomo is Scarpe di Bianco. Apart from enjoying a nice catch up with owner William White, I know that I can always count on them to have new interesting and cool models, such as most of these in the pictures. William does exactly what I would love to do if funds were more available and that is to simply make tons and […]