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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 […]

September 14, 2017

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Carmina’s New Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection

Carmina has recently launched their new A/W17 collection and there are some very cool and elegant options in there, not to mention that there are about 60 new SKU’s in total (which is a lot!) . As it is obviously highlighted, my favorite of the bunch is this two toned spectator brogue above. It is not often that you see this color-pairing of brown calf and olive suede and while some might deem it a […]

September 8, 2017

Welted Sole – New Online Shoe Shop

There is a new shoe retailer based out of the US, called Welted Sole, that just recently launched their new online shop. They currently only stock J.FitzPatrick Footwear for shoes but are also offering Bresciani socks and Saphir shoe care. And this is just the beginning. Their plan is to open a showroom in the Orange County area and of course add more shoe brands to their range of products. But like in all new […]

July 31, 2017

Ivan Crivellaro Loafer Mania!

Ivan Crivellaro’s wingtip tassel loafers are one of my favorite loafers in the industry, particularly the way that he always uses multiple materials to make them. It’s hard to say which one of these would be my favorite, but I am really feeling this braided one, not only for the elegance of it but for the very beautiful mahogany shade of brown that it comes in. And you don’t see braided leather shoes so much […]

July 26, 2017

Spectators by Aubercy

  You dont often see people wearing the classic spectator combo these days despite the progression of bold colors in footwear. And it makes me wonder why. Something that was traditionally worn by many of the style icons of the early to mid 20th century it is something that seems to have lost its popularity in modern day times. I guess there are too many people now wear blue or green shoes mixed with flannels […]

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 […]

July 11, 2017

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What Makes A Shoe Attractive?

I have seen cheap shoes look good and expensive shoes look terrible. More often than not, it is not so much about the components of the shoe as much as it is the execution of the design. But the design is made up of much more than one may think. Now, the idea of attraction is quite subjective but then again I just don’t think that it really is when it comes to being on […]

No Two Brown Shoes Are Equal

The beauty of brown shoes or shades of brown leather is that even the exact pair of shoes can look different, not only through polishing but also through natural aging depending on not only the climate of the wearer but also the way they treat their shoes. While I have started to like black shoes a bit more as I get older, I still appreciate the various shades of browns/tans due to their ability to […]

April 28, 2016

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Blue Shoes Are Now The Norm

Maybe I am confused by what I see online and what is truly reality but from a perspective of how often I see blue shoes now versus how often I used to, say 3 years ago, I really feel like they are becoming more ‘normal.’ My egotistical side likes to think that I had a part of that as I have been hammering into the head of whoever reads my blog that blue shoes are […]

December 7, 2015

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Texture and Great Photography by Bestetti

I really love this picture of one of Riccardo Bestetti’s bespoke samples. Everything about it is perfect, from the amount of lighting that highlights the textures of the shoe, to the placement of the angle of the shot that gives off the beauty of his craftsmanship to pretty much every detail that encompasses this shot. It’s hard to pinpoint really. But it is simply a great photo as it is one of the rare few […]