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September 21, 2017

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Americana Style Brogues by Septieme Largeur

Americana style is spreading to France with Septieme Largeur’s interpretation of the longwing gunboat brogue. I have always had mixed feelings about this model. I feel like I could like it if done on a slimmer type last but you often see it on these heavy, robust like lasts. It’s hard to tell if this last is more slim or robust but from what I know of SL, it is probably closer to the slim side unless […]

August 30, 2017

This Week’s Instagram Favorites

Instagram is literally one of the sole sources I now use for inspiration for the blog’s photos. That is how incredibly powerful it has become. Which is quite impressive, to say the least. Nearly every shoemaker in the world has an Instagram account and many of them use that as their sole inspiration of marketing. Although I wished they all had blogs, as no matter how convenient IG is, it doesn’t paint a story as […]

July 5, 2017

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My Time in NYC Until Now

***pictures mixture of my life here in NYC and shoes to keep the shoe people interested**** (started on Monday) — I am currently on a flight to Los Angeles but wanted to give a small-ish write up on how things have gone for me and the business since landing in NYC on June 15th, 2017. They say that if you can make it in NYC you can make it anywhere in the world and I […]

June 6, 2017

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New Summer Collection at Septieme Largeur Geneva

Summer time is fast approaching and many places are already becoming extremely warm and humid, as it was during my time in Italy. Therefore, what you are noticing is that suede shoes are looking more and more appealing to gravitate towards. Septieme Largeur took advantage of this idea and went full blown on the suede shoe selection for their new S/S release, making 7 different models (I missed one for photos – the longwing brogue) […]

News In The Industry – Things to Watch Out For!

New things are going on all of the time in the shoe industry but it is hard to keep up with it all so I have compiled a short list of things that I find relevant and hopefully what you guys might also appreciate. Hope that you enjoy at least one of the bits of news! Carmina launches wide width GMTO — Carmina has officially launched a EEE width GMTO collection which allows those with […]

Things To Know About Shoes Part 5: 41-50

41. Many well known European shoe brands (clothing too) claim their products are made in their country, but outsource about 80% of their production to China/India only to finish the shoes in their country and slap on “Made in Europe”….lots of lies out there 42. Toe taps are essential to unnecessary premature re-soling, especially if you are hard on your toes (i.e. jump off your toes with a lot of force when walking). Toe taps […]

November 9, 2016

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Septieme Largeur New A/W16 Collection Now Available!

Septieme Largeur have been hitting the design books for creating something truly unique this A/W, which comes as no surprise. Here you have three boots done differently, not drastically different, but different. While the double buckle monk lace boot is a bit much for my taste, I quite like the other two, particularly the double buckle short boot in suede and the derby boot in leather. I could see both of them getting used a […]

September 28, 2016

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The New iGent Shoe – Apron Toe Derby

It is very interesting to watch the internet and see how trends take form. I remember when the double monk was all the rage and everyone who wore dress shoes for work wanted to get a pair of double monks. I don’t know where it began and how it took form but once it did, it was like an uncontrollable virus that spread through all of the cracks and crannies of the menswear industry. But […]

September 13, 2016

Shoe Manufacturing – How Long it Really Takes – Part 1- Factories

If you go to certain countries in Asia, you can get bespoke shoes in a matter of days. If you get it from some reputable European and/or Japanese makers, it can take up to a year. So the question is, how long do shoes really take to make? Well let’s break it down. The manufacturing and bespoke processes are completely different so let’s look at each but in separate posts, call them part 1 and […]

August 4, 2016

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The Black Cap Toe Oxford – Your Safe Bet

***Figures have changed since post was originally written*** In the safe world we live in, the black cap toe rules as the ultimate shoe for business wear. It’s usually the first shoe you get when you are a teenager, the one that your parents buy you as your first pair of smart shoes that you will have for special occasions (and then probably never wear). Then again it will most likely be the shoe that […]