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March 5, 2018

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Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry Part 4 – The Brannock Device

The Brannock device is NOT the Holy Grail of measurements. Sure it might give you length accurately, which for me is all that it is good for, but the rest of the measurements are so inaccurate that they should, in theory, be ignored. You see, the foot is a complex thing to try and ascertain someone’s size and a two-dimensional measurement doesn’t even come close to telling you not only what the person should be, […]

December 5, 2017

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Reverse Skin Stitch by Magnanni

Magnanni has some new shoes out that appear to be the best that I have yet to see coming from them. I mean, I still wished that they did GY welted shoes but hey, to each his own. While I have never been a personal fan of their fit and feel, I have always respected Magnanni as a brand. They are probably the most famous shoe company out of Spain (not something easy to do), […]

October 18, 2017

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Very Interesting Double Monk by Cobbler Union

It is often refreshing to see double monks done differently as, to be honest, I am quite over the classic double monkstrap that simply swoops from one side to the next in one, large flap. Seeing new ways to design the straps is always interesting as you can see the creative juices flowing in the mind of the designer. Pattern making is a challenging thing and sometimes also limiting to a designer as what you […]

September 15, 2017

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Crockett & Jones New A/W17 Collection

While Summer is still technically something we can claim for 6 more days, on a weather and style basis it is over, and many brands are now preparing and launching their products for the A/W season that is upon us. Crockett and Jones, as you can see here have added some new things to the mix, like that pair of roughed up blue chelsea boots, a v-shaped gore on the beetle boot, the new highlighted wing […]

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 18, 2017

Leffot ‘Pre-Owned Program’ – New Way of Recycling Shoes

It’s a new day and age in the retail shoe world, for Leffot has started something that no one else has before and it is quite interesting, to say the least. That being, in the ever-evolving world of retail and the online monster that we call reality, one needs to always stay on top of new ideas to stay afloat as there are always companies out there with great ideas that will make you look […]

August 14, 2017

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The Sabot – The New Shop/Brand in Town!

It’s nice when you are able to turn your hobbies/pleasures into your career. There is a true sense of fulfillment when you do this as you are finally able to do something you love and get paid for it. Few things in life feel more rewarding than doing that. This is the story of The Sabot, two shoe lovers who wanted to do something more than their jobs and did so by setting up their […]

August 8, 2017

Fugashin – Another write up for the Vietnamese Kings of Shoemaking

I have been honored with a 2nd pair of shoes from Fugashin Saigon, a factory based out of Vietnam who makes some very impressive shoes. For those of you that missed the first review, please see it HERE. The first pair of shoes I got were unfortunately way too small. I ordered a UK6.5, my normal size in most British benchgrade shoes but they felt more like a G&G or EG UK6.5 which my feet […]

July 17, 2017

Aubercy Visit 2017 — French Kings of Cool Shoes

  Not having traveled for over a year and a half before I left London meant that I could not visit one of my favorite cities and that even being one that is so close to London. Of course as you can guess from the shoemaker in the title, that city is Paris. But luckily before I ventured off to the Big Apple, I managed to sneak in a trip there and of course while […]

July 14, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear Summer Sale Now Live! The J.FitzPatrick Footwear Summer Sale has now begun and there are lots of good things to choose from! We have broken it down into two categories: 1. Core products discounted at 10% off  and 2. Seasonal products at 20% off The Seasonal products will not be coming back so if you happened to like one of them now is your chance to get it before it is gone. That list includes: –Aurora button shoes in both […]