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January 23, 2017

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The Idea of Great Photography

I have beat it into the head so many times but the more I am in this industry and the more that I use social media and modern ways to market and understand potential customer’s liking I see just how important good photography assists in marketing any product. When I look at these pictures in this post, I see just how much a good piece of photography can make a real difference in communicating the […]

January 17, 2017

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Loake New 1880 Export Grade

I have never been the biggest supporter of Loake, not because they can’t make a good shoe, but mainly because of their prevalent use of bookbinder leather on their lower end lines as well as a general lack of anything but classic models. There was never anything that jumped out at me and made me think, ‘wow’. Their 1880 line I always found was a good value for money and a great entry point for […]

January 12, 2017

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Blue Shoes Becoming The Norm

I recently went on Gaziano & Girling’s Instagram page and noticed that recently they have been commissioning a lot of blue shoes in their Made to Order program and it was quite interesting to note how many people are requesting them. I have said it in the past that many classic shoe companies have started to introduce colors into their RTW shoe collections that 10 years ago they would have spat at the idea and […]

January 11, 2017

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Golden Beauty by Aubercy

Most shoes that I see that are tan are brogues. And it gets a bit boring after a while as tan brogues while can be nice, just don’t really do it for me. But every now and then someone makes a tan shoe that is simply stunning and this one here by Aubercy just might take the cake for best one yet. The subtle pairing between this tan leather and the light snuff looking suede […]

December 19, 2016

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42 Royal Highland – Doing Things Different

  Japanese brand, 42nd Royal Highland, has really been impressing me as of lately. Firstly they appear to really love the saddle style, as I do, so I am quite biased for that reason. But most importantly, you can see that they are all about being different, going against the grain and mixing it up between classic and fun. And any brand that does it, is on my radar for greatness. The only problem, for […]

December 12, 2016

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How Long Should My Shoes Last?

There is all kind of expectations when it comes to shoes. The more you spend, the longer one tends to feel that they should last. Unfortunately that is not always the case, especially when said person treats them like they are unbreakable and puts them through hell and back, expecting them handle all adverse weather as if it was a clear, sunny day. I have seen the best shoes get broke down in 6 months […]

December 8, 2016

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Shine Your Heart Out! – L’art Du Glaçage

Some of the most impressive shines I have seen in recent times –again thankfully discovered due to Instagram– are by a young gentleman who works in Switzerland for Brogue Shoe Shop. His IG tag name is @lartduglacage and I promise if you follow you won’t be less than astonished by the gleaming shines he adorns some of the finest shoes in the world. And just look at the teaser that these three pictures are. Shines […]