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September 3, 2017

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Work Boots by Saint Crispins

It is often that we think that for a pair of work boots for let’s say heavy duty work, that we have to use some Red Wing style (or even more rugged than that) as it somehow befits the territory or the look. Now, while I can agree with this sentiment if you need a pair of steel toe boots because you deal with things that can crush your toes. for just a normal, say construction […]

November 3, 2014

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Bespoke Gaziano & Girling Boots – FINISHED!

After much anticipation I have final received my bespoke boots by Gaziano & Girling! (to see the start of this process see HERE and HERE). It’s been a long process and it’s nice to have finally seen the end result and my design realized. From the drawing below, you can see a few changes (such as the extended saddle/facing piece) as well as the shortening of the cap. But these were all things that I […]

December 12, 2013

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More Blue Boots – By Meermin

Blue is going to be the new black, mark my words. Obviously it is not going to replace black in the business setting but I think that we are going to be seeing a lot more of it. I was talking about this to a gentleman the other day about my blue suede oxfords and it was refreshing to meet someone else who actually shared my affinity with the color blue and the thought that […]

September 5, 2013

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Norwegian Stitch & Koronya Bespoke Shoes

    I have always had conflicting feelings towards the Norwegian stitch construction. On the one hand it looks very sturdy and makes me feel that put on a shoe, would make that shoe last forever. It is becomes almost a necessity to have it be on a double sole, which makes it that much more heavier and that is the precise reason for me being steered away from the idea for this long. But […]

October 12, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – A Bestetti Masterpiece!

Dear Readers, Yet again, it is a day that not only am I swamped under with 10 trillion things to do, but I am also quite emotional (mainly frustrated), and therefore, can’t get my head on straight to be witty for all of you. I do apologize and hope these pictures of Bestetti’s new masterpiece can make up for my lack of attention to the blog and all of you. I do promise to catch […]

May 11, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Jan Kielman

This is one mega-boot! Most likely not something that I would ever wear, as I don’t go hunting, but definitely something that I can appreciate and admire. If only it was about one foot shorter whereby that first buckle from the bottom was actually the top of the boot, then it would be something that would get ample use out of me! Nevertheless, these boots by Jan Kielman, are something to admire, as they represent […]

July 11, 2011

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Shoes – Part 1: Construction

The world of shoes is a vast one. There are many different terms to describe not only the shoe’s style name, but also the manner in which it was made as well as the small details that you find on the shoe’s surface and it’s core. And while some of this knowledge might be trivial to many of you, I know that there still are many people who do not know (or confuse) the differences […]

January 23, 2011

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Interesting Shoes – Close But No Cigar

When you try too hard, the end result usually does not come out quite right. For me, this Giuliano Fujiwara shoe represents just that. I mean, the upper paired with the Norwegian stitching was absolutely amazing, but then he had to completely ruin it by adding some chunky-ass, Red Wing looking sole. Maybe I missed the memo, but to me smart shoes just don’t go great with 2-inch (5 cm) platform, white-cushioned soles!! Had this […]