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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), […]

September 25, 2017

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Blue Suede Beauties on Sale by Skoaktiebolaget

  There are some sweet shoes on sale right now at Skoaktiebolaget’s website, two of them being these beautiful blue suede numbers by Carmina. The featured above is one of my favorite combinations of the year. As many of you may know blue is my favorite color, and I just love it in suede even more. And creating a two-tone out of it puts it right up my alley. Skoak did a job at great […]

September 12, 2017

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New Oxford Model by Enrile

Spanish shoemaker Enrile, has recently released a new model that I find to be quite attractive and unique. His models are often hit more miss with me, more so for the bulbous last shapes. But this one while still having quite a puffed up toe, at least has a more slender silhouette which is very pleasing to my eye. The puffed wingtip and heel counter feature I always found intriguing, never loving it but neither […]

July 25, 2017

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A Most Interesting Design By Yanko

  It looks as if this week I am focusing on unique shoe designs as today I wanted to discuss this model that I recently found by Yanko, one of the Spanish shoemakers of Mallorca. To be honest I cant really say how I feel about it. Its definitely unique but am unsure if it is to my own personal taste. There are a lot of design features going on and I have yet decided […]

Norman Vilalta Launches Gladiator Brogue for RTW/MTO at Pitti 92

For those of you that are fans of the brogue of all brogues, you will be pleased to know that Spanish shoemaker, Norman Vilalta, is currently showcasing his new RTW/MTO model at Pitti Uomo 92, hopefully to be ready soon for ordering by the general public. Inspiration taken from one of his old bespoke samples from years gone, it would appear that Norman found that this model should finally hit the streets with the offering of […]

April 12, 2017

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London Super Trunk Show — Brand Showcase #9 — Yanko/Skolyx Shoes

Yanko is a Mallorca-based (Spanish) company which the founders of both Carmina and Meermin used worked for back in the days (all three coming from the original Albaladejo family/shoe brand). The three companies have nothing to do with each other nowadays, although many of them share the same last name. The Yanko brand was actually a giant in the shoe industry up until the 80’s, and made over a million pairs of shoes a year (which […]

April 3, 2017

Ramon Cuberta New Made to Measure Models

Ramon Cuberta has just released two new and very attractive models for his ‘Made to Measure’ program to give customers more options in choosing their favorite model. His MTM program is much like the bespoke in which you can get a fully handmade shoe, but what is different (much like MTM in suiting) is that instead of getting a custom made made and measurements, you get approximate measurements based off another last and fitting it […]

London Super Trunk Show – Brand Showcase #6 – Ramon Cuberta

Ramon Cuberta is another bespoke shoemaker also based in Barcelona, but was trained at home first by two Spanish independent shoemakers (pretty sure Norman Vilalta helped him along the way) and then by one who freelanced for John Lobb Ltd. He became know for offering full bespoke at relatively low prices(starts at £1750/€2 050), and during spring he’ll also launch a Made to Measure range of five models, three lasts, made as his bespoke shoes but will […]

London Super Trunk Show – Brand Showcase #5 – Norman Vilalta

  Mr. Norman Vilalta has an interesting history. He hails from Argentina originally with the background and profession of a lawyer. Growing tired of that life, he decided to follow his passion and moved to Florence, Italy to be trained in bespoke shomaking by the legendary Stefano Bemer. After several years with Stefano he felt he was then ready to take on his own workshop and start making shoes wth his own name in them. After years […]

October 18, 2016

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The Ghillies Keep Coming! – Carmina

  It would appear that the ghillie model is gaining traction in the world of the web and the shoe industry. I know that in the grand scheme of things, these are just a few examples that I have shown over the last few weeks, but it is far more than I have ever seen in a period of space as short as this. To me, that means that the ghillie model, as shown here […]