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February 2, 2016

First Round of Dandy Shoe Care x J.FitzPatrick “David” Boot

I have just received word from Alexander of Dandy Shoe Care that the first round of patinas are finished on our collaborative David boot model, which was a new boot for the J.FitzPatrick collection. He was kind enough to take pictures (as he is very good at doing) and shared them with me. As you can see the first round of patinas were quite bold ones but showed some great artistic capabilities by Alexander. And […]

December 16, 2015

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My Saint Crispins Boots – Review

After going to the Saint Crispins factory last year (and writing about it HERE), I worked with Phillip Car (the owner) to have a Saint Crispins boot made up for me in a design that I had created but had yet to realize in my own brand. I was quite excited about it as I had never done a shoe/boot in 3 colors and had seen SC execute that idea to great success. So, I […]

December 3, 2015

Septieme Larguer Mid-Boot Wholecut

  Septieme Largeur have recently released a smart, leather sole version of their mid-boot wholecut and are offering it up in their patina service section of the website. You don’t often see a wholecut of this calibre in anything outside of handmade shoemaking as it is not the easiest model to cut, nor last over. But that didn’t apparently stop SL from releasing one. And with all of that leather imagine all of the possibilities […]

December 2, 2015

Norman Vilalta New Collection!

Norman Vilalta just dropped his A/W2015 collection and I have to say that it is right up my alley, especially the boot in the main image. What a bombshell!! That vibrant reddish/orange patina with what looks like rust suede is simply magnificent. Norman never ceases to surprise me and even more so, he one ups his last venture every time. I love the collection, even the chunky soled shoes are starting to grow on me. […]

March 12, 2015

Old School Balmoral Boots by Fujiwara Shoes Studio

What I love about Instagram is that you have all of the pictures accessible with a quick click of your phone. No need to get on your laptop and search them all out. And with that, I have infinite access to the discovery of new makers through other people’s feed. One that I love is @BespokeMakers, who highlight many Japanese artisans in both shoes and clothing. One that they most recently highlighted was Fujiwara Shoes […]

December 31, 2014

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Happy New Year – 2015 Predictions

  Dear Readers, Yet another year comes to an end and as always this day allows us, if not but for a moment, to reflect on the last 365 days and think about how/what we will do to make the next 365 even better. I feel that since starting the blog, a lot has changed in the shoe industry and for the better. What used to be a very conservative sector full of boring stuff, […]

December 29, 2014

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Victorian Boots by Dimitri Gomez

If I had to choose one style of shoe/boot to wear for the rest of my life, it would definitely be an oxford boot. For me, they can go with everything from suits to jeans and everything in between. The only problem is that they have to be done in a very sleek manner for them to be able to fall nicely under a pair of slick suit trousers (according to many, I put the […]

December 8, 2014

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Boot Season is Back!

I am not sure that anyone can deny that Edward Green is the current reigning champ when it comes to having an awesome boot selection. The Galway alone (as shown above) is probably among the coolest boots ever, not to mention their balmoral offering of the Shannon. The only thing that they are really missing is a button boot, but somehow I doubt that they would ever go through the trouble of making one of […]

October 13, 2014

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Two Toned Boots Are Best!

In an unrealistic world, there are no limits to the amount of laced boots a man could own. As sick as it is, I think that I am going on about 15 pairs (and that does not include chukka’s). For some reason, I just can’t get enough of them and every time that I see one that is unique, I get a bit excited. This new one by Enzo Bonafe (for Skoaktiebolaget), although greatly reminding […]

October 6, 2014

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A Check-In from Romania

Dear Readers, I am off on a small adventure to Romania and Vienna, spending some time with my good friend, Phillip Car of Saint Crispins.  Today, I am at their workshop in Brasov, Romania seeing how it all goes down. Needless to say it is quite impressive. Of course this is a simply a sneak peak of more greatness to come. Just you wait! Tomorrow we will head back to Vienna and while there, I […]