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July 9, 2013

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Balmoral Darby by Septieme Largeur – Pure Greatness!!

Here is an rememberance to one of Septieme Largeur’s greatest piece of footwear excellence, The Derby Balmoral! In all its glory it is one of the best derbys that I have ever seen and mainly so because of the fact that it provides a mirage of being an oxford. And those that know me well also know that I am not only weak for balmorals but also for a nice, clean plain-toe that highlights the shape of […]

April 10, 2013

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G&G – Do They Ever Do Wrong? Nope!

This pattern, for me, looks to be one of the hardest ones to get dead on. I feel that if the last and the pattern aren’t perfectly symbiotic, then this reinvented balmoral style just won’t work. So far there are only two makers that I have seen get this right. One is clearly the G&G’s that you see above and the other is by Romanian shoemaker, Maftei. Both are equally beautiful and require a lot […]

January 23, 2013

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Doing Black Differently

I used to go on a bit of a rant about black shoes in my early Snob times, but having moved to London, matured a bit (just only) and been subjected to a lot of wet days, my fondness for black shoes has began to flourish. I also think that part of it was all my shining of black shoes. Something about a black shoe being shined just on the caps is simply amazing….that being […]

July 23, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Carreducker

I just realized that a plain toed shoe, whether it be a wholecut, a saddle shoe, or a model like this with just a facing, is by far my favorite type of shoe, so long that it has a nice shape. Something about the plain canvas of the vamp and toe area, just draws me in and screams elegance. So when I first saw this new bespoke model, a collaboration between Gieves & Hawkes and […]

May 26, 2011

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Customer’s Shoes – Corthay

I have never had the pleasure of actually dealing with a pair of Corthay shoes in the flesh before but just two days ago I was able to actually hold, admire and put a wicked shine on a pair of his classic two eyelet derby’s called ‘Arca.’ Let me tell you, they are absolutely stunning and are the real deal. You could easily tell the quality was superb and that the shoes had all of […]

May 8, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Braided Shoes By Sutor Mantellassi

When it comes to braided shoes, I have always been really hit or miss with them, which is how I perceive most people to also be. It seems that I either really like them or really hate them. So, as you can imagine, these one’s here by Sutor Mantellassi are one of the few that I actually appreciate. The fact that the braid is relatively small and that they are a plain toe allows me […]

April 30, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Saion

Summer is officially here in England; it is always sunny, hardly rains and the light colored shoes are beginning to come out, at least by me that is. So with that in mind I figured that I would display a couple of good options for the summer season, by one of my favorite Japanese makers, Saion. Now you will find that in England there are many ‘gentleman’ who wouldn’t dare wear tan (or any shade […]

April 21, 2011

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Easter Vacation & Today’s Favorites – Alfred Sargent

To all of my readers, I just wanted to let you know that I will be away on a short holiday trip to Italy from Friday to Monday and will not be around computer access. So I am sorry that until Tuesday the 26th there will not be any new posts, but this is a good time to read through my archives to see if there is any valuable information or some great shoe porn […]

January 27, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Edward Green

Green nubuck is not something that you see often, but is surely appreciated when you do! These two pairs, by Edward Green, are amazing to say the least. And while I am not crazy about the penny loafer I would probably buy and wear it just for the fact that it is green nubuck and you know damn sure that you won’t see anyone else on the street with a similar pair. I have to […]

January 24, 2011

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A Shoe’s Shape

Up until recently, I always focused my attention on design (i.e. pattern – wing tip, cap toe, color, details etc.) when deciding whether or not I liked a shoe, not ever really paying attention to the shape, even though it played a big part (if not the biggest) in my decision making process. But now, having made shoes and with my introduction into self-taught shoe design, I have come to appreciate shape on a whole […]