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December 13, 2016

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Foster & Son: An Ode To Archaic Bespoke Shoes

I am a firm believer in the thought that technology, albeit amazing, has made society as a whole, a lot lazier. We don’t have to work nearly as hard (or at all in the case of some production) to create the same things that our forefathers did. And in many industries, this change in quality of production is very obvious. Let’s take the shoe industry for example. In my opinion, the quality of production has […]

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. […]

September 19, 2016

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Comparing Shoe Brands – Apples & Oranges

All Pictures are of Gaziano & Girling shoes (and have nothing to do with the post, just for looks) Not long ago I was able to peruse the internet in the hopes to see what was going on in the minds of others (in regards to shoes of course). There are a few forums that I scour through from time to time to read the gossip and get great pictures from. I happen to stumble across a […]

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 […]

September 6, 2016

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Bookbinder Leather — Don’t Be Fooled

While living in America and working at Nordstrom (way back when), I remember many of the Italian brands making shoes in what looked like a cross between calfskin and patent. Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana loved the stuff! And to be honest, as I was young and a bit naive, I remember being quite attracted to these shiny things. They had all of the glitz & the glam and thus looked the part of […]

September 2, 2016

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A Trip To Aubercy – Part 1 – Ready To Wear/MTO

***Post Originally written in 2012, re-posted for inspiration and for those of you that have yet to see it or experience Aubercy shoes**** For some time now, I have been very curious to know more about Aubercy shoes, to touch them, feel their leather, try them on and understand what makes them great. Just recently I had been in contact with the CEO, Xavier Aubercy, and had told him that the next time that I […]