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Yearly Archive: 2010

December 31, 2010

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Shoes Of The Week (And Possibly Of The Year)

I have to say that Japanese men are hands down the most bold when it comes to creating bespoke shoes, at least from what I have seen. This pair by Stefano Bemer, which I borrowed from some Japanese person’s Flickr site, has to be one of the coolest designs that I have ever seen. While the shoe is relatively simple itself, the coloring and detailing of the leather is just amazing and incredibly unique. This, […]

December 29, 2010

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My Shoes #11 – Gray Ferragamos

Being a big fan of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, here is another one of my many. I particularly like this one because of the color, a deep, dark gray. Loving this color, I never understood why gray-colored shoes did not become more popular in society. In reality, it’s a very conservative color, much like brown and black and is easily paired with suits that you find most businessmen wearing. Yet, as I have said before, they […]

December 28, 2010

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Random Thoughts – Sartorial Blunders

I was just realizing that I have not really been a ‘snob’ in quite awhile and I think it’s about time that I got back into the role, being a big part of the reason I started this blog. I love giving shoe porn to the masses but, in reality, I especially love talking about all of the terrible, terrible sartorial choices that I witness in everyday life. Thankfully since I moved to Europe I […]

December 27, 2010

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French Patina Artists

Have you ever looked at your shoes and thought, ‘I am really bored of these’? Well, I have. And when these occurrences came about, I would do one of three things: 1. Leave them in the closet to collect dust; 2. Try and sell them; or 3. Give them away. The act of giving them away to somebody who truly needed them more than I did was nice and made me feel good but selling […]

December 26, 2010

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Today’s Favorites – Band of Outsiders

While most brands are making boat shoes that all look the same, the collaboration between Sperry and Band of Outsiders finally gave the world some other options to choose from, and better one’s for that matter. While you usually find your average boat shoes in leather uppers, what’s cool about these Band of Outsiders remixes is that they are all made with something other than your traditional leather ranging from wool, nylon, suede to even […]

December 24, 2010

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Shoes Of The Week

It’s always interesting to see what another animal’s hide would look like on a pair of shoes. Never seen or even heard of being used before, this pair here, bespoke by George Cleverley, offers the skin of a mountain ram. It looks surprisingly similar to elephant hide (which I had the opportunity to handle while with Stefano Bemer, shoes here), yet only less coarse. It clearly makes the shoes more casual but the contrasting effect […]

December 23, 2010

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My Shoes #10 – Asics Onitsuka Tiger

I guess to continue with my ‘love for sneakers campaign’ (and because it is too damn cold and nasty to wear my dress shoes), I will enlighten on my daily wear of casual shoes. Here is one of my many sneakers, the Mexico ’66 by Onitsuka Tiger (Asics). Being one of the most recognized and oldest sneaker designs still used to this day, the Mexico ’66 got it’s fame from the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. […]

December 22, 2010

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Today’s Favorites – Random Sneakers

† Top Shoe: VansMiddle Row Above: Left – Kris Van Assche; Right – Salvatore FerragamoBottom Row Above: Left – Kanye West for Raf Simons; Right: Dior Homme Top Row Above: Left – Marc Jacobs; Right – VansBottom Row Above: Left – Adidas/Ransom; Right – Lanvin Shoes Above: Adidas Needing to remember that my love for shoes ultimately came from my love for sneakers, I feel the need to pay homage every once and awhile to […]

December 21, 2010

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Today’s Favorites – Bontoni

I have never had the actual pleasure of owning a Bontoni shoe, but I have also never heard bad things about them and of all of the times that I have seen or held one in person, they always looked beautiful and felt well constructed. In America, they are quite popular with the higher-end boutiques that carry the $3000-$5000 suits and considering that Bontoni’s themselves are never retailing below $900, I guess that it makes […]

December 20, 2010

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The Whole-Cut Loafer

When you think about traditional English shoes styles, what usually comes to mind are brogues. But what I just noticed not too long ago is that the majority of British shoe companies almost always offer a ‘whole-cut’ loafer. And when I say ‘the majority,’ I mean it in the sense of the classic companies who hold traditional shoemaking standards to a high level and maintain (to a degree) the quintessentially British appeal when creating their […]