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Navy Shoes Archive

May 27, 2015

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Navy Cordovan by Carmina

Believe it or not, getting a good, consistent navy leather is more difficult than one might think. Many (probably most) of us use crust leather to achieve a blue/navy leather as many tanneries don’t offer one pre-dyed and if they do, won’t really be the exact shade you might be looking for. Horween’s navy cordovan, as seen here on Carmina’s models, is probably the nicest shade that I have seen in the leather industry (for […]

May 7, 2013

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Blue Carmina’s….F***ing Amazing!!!

Blue is my favorite color, so naturally any shoe that comes in it and looks reasonably good, is going to be on my list of top-tier spectaculars! Needless to say, this Carmina model, offered by Epaulet of NYC, is cream of the crop. Not only have I loved this version of a single monk for a very long time (being very different from everyone else), but the shade of blue calf is simply exquisite. This […]

April 19, 2013

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My Two New Toys

I have always wanted a nice briefcase bag to complete my outfits of slick shoes, nice suits and smart coats. Only that a bag of exceptional caliber will usually run you much more than a well made shoe. As I am by no means wealthy (as of yet!), I was left to toting around my Samsonite computer bag all around London, day in and day out. However, my luck has finally changed and have now […]

April 18, 2013

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Meermin Navy Suede Monks

Dear Readers, Sorry that I have missed out two days on the posting but I forgot to tell you on Monday that I was heading to my factory the next day, which is why I have not been able to write anything, especially as I can´t figure out how to load images on my tablet (friggin technology!!). That being, I have managed to sneek away 10 minutes in order to share some lovely shoes with […]

November 9, 2012

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Aubercy Sketch Design

Design is an amazing thing. It can be translated/expressed in so many different ways, from a simple Joe Schmo sketch like mine, to this amazing work of art that someone drew as a concept to a pair of Aubercy shoes. It’s amazing to think about about how an idea turns into a tangible product and to see how that idea was expressed. This design here, looks identical to the actual product, which makes sense as […]

September 15, 2012

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Hugs & Co. – The Affordable Driving Loafer

  A few months back, a young Londoner emailed me introducing me to his new shoe company, Hugs & Co. He informed me that he had just graduated from University, had started his own line of moccasins and was interested in learning about the art of bespoke shoemaking. Impressed with his tenacity for getting involved within the shoe industry and needing a new pair of mocs, I asked him if he would be kind enough […]

August 3, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Crockett & Jones Olympic Special Editions

Many fashion/clothing companies around London have been doing a special Olympic tribute by creating some article of clothing (within their collection) donning the colors of the Union Jack. And while I am all for patriotism of one’s own country or being proud of where you come from and representing it, there has been a bit of overkill by certain companies and things created that would be good for one day of use, yet cost tons […]

November 15, 2011

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5 Essential Shoes For Winter

Like in all seasons, there are certain shoes that you find yourself gravitating towards more so than others. As yesterday might have just marked one of the coldest days that England has seen this Autumn/Winter, I figured that I would give you all a chance to get a head start on your winter shoe collection by providing what I believe are the most essential shoes for your wardrobe. Granted, I can’t expect each of you […]

July 31, 2011

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Croatian Bespoke Shoes — Strugar

In the past, one may have never known all of the possibilities he/she may have had when it came to the world of bespoke shoemaking, but thanks to the internet, this all over. Even me, I must admit, would have never thought about going to learn bespoke shoemaking in Croatia, Poland, Hungary or any other country outside of England, France, Italy and Japan, before my entrance into the world bespoke shoes. I guess being in […]

July 29, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Alden Collaborations

While I have lots to write about for my trip to Paris, it needs to be organized and the posts are going to be longer ones, so bear with me on these things. For the meantime, I wanted to talk about Alden and how they seem to be such busy bees with their collaborations with other brands. As I have stated in many earlier posts, I believe that this idea of collaborating is the way […]