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September 29, 2017

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Hand Sewn Aprons by Saint Crispins

If you start to pay attention to shoes, you will notice that many brands apron stitches on the vamp are quite standardized in shape and proportion to the last. Therefore most aprons are the same. But not Saint Crispins who does all kinds of shapes, designs and sizes of hand stitched aprons on the vamp. For example their typical apron stitch on their loafer (as highlighted) always comes with a shorter apron, which I actually find […]

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 […]

Mythbuster — Corrected Grain Leather is Always Bad

You have probably heard the term corrected grain leather before and many of you may or may not understand what that actually means. So let’s talk about it and see if we can shed some light on it. Corrected grain leather is any leather whose surface has been altered in some sort of way or another in order to give it a certain appearance, one that is not natural to the actual hide. But this […]

August 15, 2017

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Navy Grain Tassel Loafers by Saint Crispins America’s

  You don’t often see blue grain tassel loafers but by the looks of these bad boys, courtesy of Saint Crispins Americas, I am thinking that we should see them more often. From what I am led to believe a tassel loafer is not so business suit appropriate according to the ideology of a true conservative mentality (even though I would wear them with a suit), so I always wondered why they always came in […]

April 18, 2017

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Additions To Your Sole

There is much debate on whether or not one should add things to his/her sole to make them last longer/protect from the elements. Some argue in favor of adding rubber/metal, others swear that it actually ruins your shoes in the long run. But who is right? Well, while my word is not fact, I will put my two cents in and break down both the for’s and against’s in order to come to a conclusion […]

January 25, 2017

Leffot – New Products for NYC

I always look forward to seeing what retailers are stocking in their shops as new pieces and makers they bring on board. Now of course, I never care about the boring black oxford that they will stock, but do more so like seeing the choice daring pieces that I know that they are taking a risk on, like these Brighton loafers by Corthay. I had someone ask me recently, ‘Justin, don’t you ever get afraid […]

January 23, 2017

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 […]

December 28, 2016

Skoaktiebolaget Launches 2nd, Larger Shop in Stockholm

With the success that Swedish shoe shop Skoaktiebolaget has had in the short amount of time since they launched their flagship store in Stockholm, they have managed to set aside some finance and acquire a 2nd, larger shop to coincide with their flagship right there in the heart of their hometown. And on top of that, they have added a new brand to their line-up of high flying shoes. That new brand is none other […]

December 20, 2016

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Leather Is Not What You Think

The shoe industry is ever evolving. What was fact last year, is not this year and won’t be next year. What I mean by that (and this is something that I have mentioned before) is that one can no longer say, ‘the best this is from here and the best that is from there.’ These concepts no longer hold true. Sure, some of the best shoes come from England, but that no longer means that […]