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Yearly Archive: 2011

December 30, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Crockett & Jones Boot

It’s funny because the last time I was in Spain, working out my prototypes, I was thinking of the different combinations of colors/materials to use on my balmoral boots and a medium brown paired with a snuff suede was precisely what I had in mind, until I saw these boots by Crockett & Jones….. While my boot is quite different, aesthetically in shape and pattern, and using similar colors is by no means copying, being […]

December 28, 2011

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What I Am Wearing

It’s been quite a lovely Fall/Winter season here in London, weather-wise, which has allowed me to wear things that would be otherwise saved for the Spring/Summer, such as this light gray Prince of Wales (POW) suit. While I think that I have only been able to wear it once (as it was just recently completed), I am eagerly awaiting the warmer weather to be able to flaunt it’s beauty. I had always wanted a POW […]

December 27, 2011

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A Return To Italy (and Stefano Bemer)

Over my quick holiday visit to the in-laws in Perugia, Italy, I managed to pop over to my old town of Firenze (where I once lived for circa 1 year). I had the intention of going back to Stefano Bemer’s shop (where I learned to make bespoke shoes) and saying hi to all of my old colleagues, as well as hopefully snapping some pictures of any new models made. Being that plans don’t always happen […]

December 21, 2011

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Happy Holidays!

Dear All, As we wind down another year, I just want to thank all of you that have been loyal readers, commentators and advocates of the blog and my aspirations. Without all of you, it would be hard to continue writing. Alas, I am finally off to have some much needed ‘away’ time in the beautiful country of Italy. And while I can’t wait to go stuff myself with pasta and wine, I regretfully admit […]

December 17, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Mannina

There is something about wholecut loafers that I just absolutely love. The fact that they seem to derive from a Prince Albert shoe but usually will have a normal sole on them and are intended for actual wear as opposed to prancing around your big mansion, is quite appealing to me. And then, there are so many things that you can do to them to give them a little bit of character, like add a […]

December 16, 2011

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My Prototype Adjustments

I’m back! Sorry for the long time without posting, but I did not have time nor much access to anything while away on my quick trip to Spain. But alas, I am home and decided to give you another little morsel of what I have been up to. So needless to say, you can see here just what I have been doing while away, and how I am going through the rounds of adjusting my […]

December 12, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Caulaincourt

I wanted to try and squeeze out my usual long-post that I do on Mondays, but I simply have not had enough time, as I prepare for my flight to Spain and such. But as I hate to leave my blog content-less for too long, I figured that I would give you a little tidbit to hold you over until I get back on Thursday. I know that I have been showing a lot of […]

December 9, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Alfred Sargent Special Make Up

Following a survey on Style Forum, online shoe store ‘A Fine Pair of Shoes‘ created (based on popular vote & in conjunction with Alfred Sargent) what was considered to be the perfect brogue boot. While I can’t say that I agree that this model is the ‘perfect’ brogue boot, I can say that I do like them very much. Probably the thing that I like most (outside of my obvious two-tone obsession) is the brogue […]

December 7, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Carmina Balmoral Boot

I have never actually had the pleasure of holding a pair of Carmina shoes in my hands, but I have always appreciated what I have seen in pictures and all of the nice things that most people have to say about them. While they tend to not stray too far outside of classic styles, I did notice this pair on Ethan Desu’s blog a little while ago and was quite taken aback by the uniqueness […]

December 6, 2011

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What I Am Wearing

The more and more that you see my personal collection, the more that you will realize that I love to gravitate towards two-toned shoes. This is actually a pair, despite being colors that I don’t particularly think go that well together, is one of my favorite models. The only shame is, the more that I spend wearing bespoke shoes and shoes that come in narrow width, the more that I feel that many of the […]