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April 16, 2018

Tōramally Shoes – Handwelted out of India!

The world is fast changing and it is quite impressive and scary at the same time to be honest. Thanks and to much demise to the industry (i.e. the brands), we now as consumers have the world at our fingertips in just a few clicks. This is great for the consumer. Now more than ever have the choices to get what you want never been more accessible. Even the little mom’s and pop’s shoemakers that […]

March 12, 2018

The Seaweed Patina by The Shine

Not only was I intrigued by the photo and the lovely pairing of colors, but what I really loved with the unique choice of name for the patina. All too often do we say ‘Dark Green,’ or ‘British Racing Green’ or rather something very common. But I have never heard anyone use the word Seaweed to describe a type of green, yet I love it! (even though I don’t like the taste of it!). On […]

February 28, 2018

Patina Croc Loafers via MTO by Septieme Largeur

As I get older, I start to like more and more crocodile/alligator products but still mainly limited to loafers and small details. What I am not crazy about is the overbearingness that exotic leather can sometimes give when it is say a wholecut oxford and doesn’t have any lines to break it up. That is why I like it in penny loafers and also why I tend to like it when it has a patina to […]

February 23, 2018

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Carlos Santos w/ Darkened Brogueing

Even though it can look pretty cheap, I have always loved the accent of a brogueing that has been darkened to the rest of the shoe. For me, it adds character to what otherwise can be a boring shoe. And maybe it is just because I am not crazy about lighter leather shoes like tan and the like and think that adding such accent makes them more wearable. I mean, I wouldn’t probably do it […]

January 17, 2018

A Conversation with Marcos Fernandez of Septieme Largeur / Orbans

I recently had dinner with my good friend Marcos Fernandez of Septieme Largeur & Orbans here in NYC at the Maxwell’s Chop House (insane Ribeye’s for those steak lovers), where we had a very interesting discussion about the footwear industry. For the many of you who have never heard anything about Marcos Fernandez, allow me to share a brief bit about his past and what he has done for the industry. He has created all […]

Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry – The List – The First Ten

There are many things that happen in the shoe world that make this snob a bit crazy when I see it occurring. Some of it I feel is done from lack of education so want to list these things here with future posts to go in detail on each one. Two of them, I have already written about so will start with those. Enjoy and if you find yourself doing these things, think about it! […]

October 23, 2017

Vass Now Stocked in London – On Savile Row at the Cad & Dandy

  Those of you in London or who visit often will be pleased to know that VASS shoes are now officially stocked in the great city and at none other than on one of the greatest streets of all time, Savile Row. Although I like to make posts in my own words, I am a bit pressed for time today as I am attending to my trunk show in Los Angeles so will leave you […]

September 11, 2017

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Paolo Scarfora Trunk Show – Skoaktiebolaget

You have seen me write quite recently a good bit about Paolo Scarfora and this is mainly for two reasons. First of all, he is a friend of mine and is a tremendous person. It is always nice to support genuine people. But more important for all of you is that I have known about his shoes for years and always hoped that they would get more attention in the online world because he makes […]

July 24, 2017

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Unique Design Feature by Berluti

Now that I am in a new territory for content, I passed by Bergdorf Goodman the other day and had a look at their selection of shoes to see what was popular here in the US. The brand ambassador for Berluti happened to be there that day and we chatted quickly about their selection. He was a nice guy and showed me what they had in stock. I managed to notice this extremely unique wholecut […]