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Monthly Archive: May 2010

May 28, 2010

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Shoe Of The Day

What was inspiring about Stefano Bemer was his love and obsession for being able to find every kind of possible leather and material to make his shoes with. This pair in particular was made using shark skin leather. I always had a love/hate relationship with shark skin leather during my apprenticeship with him. Depending on the shoe’s model and the cut of it I either loved or hated the fact that it was made with […]

May 25, 2010

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Shoes With Mulitple Materials

In a time where almost everything has been done before, it must be challenging for a shoe designer to come up with something that is fresh and unseen. One of the ways to do this is to create shoes with multiple materials for the upper leather. This alone, brings out an infinite array of possibilities. And while this concept has been utilized by many artisans and designers over the years, it is by far still […]

May 21, 2010

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The Appreciation Of A Shoe’s Details

Shoes By: Gaziano & Girling In the bespoke shoe world, many small details are added to the shoe to set it apart from an any ordinary ready-to-wear pair. One of these details is called a ‘fiddleback waist’ or ‘violina,’ in Italian. This particular detail happens to be my favorite as well as my least favorite. As a customer I love the symmetry of it and how it plays to the shoe’s shape and curves by […]

May 19, 2010

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Shoe Of The Day

While this isn’t the most exciting shoe in the world, what I really love about it are the details: the brogueing at the top of the vamp and around the heel; the fact that the shoe is constructed with only one or two pieces of leather (it’s hard to tell by the picture) and has a smooth vamp; the burnished toe; and the fact that the brogueing on the wing tip and around the vamp […]

May 17, 2010

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Patent Shoes

Used to be that patent leather shoes were only worn with a tuxedo or more rarely, on a very formal occasions with your sharp, black suit but now it’s almost as if you cannot go a day without seeing someone wearing a full-on patent leather shoe or at least a shoe with patent leather accents. This all started to change a couple of years ago when the idea of taking formal wear and turning it […]

May 15, 2010

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Shoe Of The Day

How often do you see green shoes? Not very often!! And that’s what I love about Paul Smith, the creator of these shoes. He is constantly coming up with unique and colorful shoes to add to his collections and while he may use a fairly common brogue like this as his staple style, what’s great is that he will change it in so many ways from the color, to the leather and even the texture, […]

May 12, 2010

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May 10, 2010

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The Most Versatile Shoe – The Brown Full-Brogue

In a man’s wardrobe, there are no pants (used for day wear) that a pair of brown full-brogues cannot compliment. You can pair them with jeans, khakis, trousers and even your suits. Not only can you wear them with all these different types of pants you can also pair them with literally every color of pant, except black. Think about all of the possibilities you can put together! Talk about a bang for you buck, […]

May 9, 2010

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Shoe Of The Day

This is a beautiful bespoke shoe by Gaziano & Girling that literally represents quality and elegance at it’s finest. While I am quite bias towards this shoe, due to my admiration of the fleur de lys symbol, it’s beauty still remains quite evident. The shine is one of the best that I have seen. It appears to almost have a mirror like quality and while all bespoke shoes, unless otherwise specified, have a very high […]

May 7, 2010

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Shoe Of The Day

In case you didn’t realize, the sneaker industry is boomin’ and is only about to get bigger! Part of that boomin’ industry is the young and successful Clae, which is the brand that created this shoe. While this shoe, called the ‘Bruce,’ comes in several other colors I chose to show the teal colored version just to stress my observation of teal being the color of 2010 in the casual/sneaker shoe industry. Even Sperry has […]