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Monthly Archive: January 2011

January 31, 2011

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George Glasgow Jr. for Cleverley, Interview

As I promised, I will be providing interviews once a month (consider this the one for February) from people in the shoe industry, both known and unknown, who make a considerable impact on what comes out as well as shape the trends, ideas, and styles we see today. For this month, as you may have noticed from the title, I have George Glasgow Jr., who is the son of the owner (and heir to throne) […]

January 30, 2011

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My Shoes #13 & #14 – Converse Chuck Taylor’s

Considering that I missed last week of taking pics of myself to show the world my shoes, I figured that I would give you all a double-whammy this week. An all-American classic, the Chuck Taylor All-Star by Converse is probably the most recognized shoe in the world and rightfully so. I wish that I had statistics for how many people own a pair of these. In the States, I would be confident saying that 75% […]

January 28, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week

What’s funny is that I used to hate red when I was younger, but now I cannot get enough of it! Living in England, I just discovered† that most men will wear conservative outfits (when dressing in suits) but will have a bit of flair in their socks, whether it’s bold purple, royal blue or the crowd favorite, bright red. And while I don’t ever follow any trends, I had to jump on the band-wagon […]

January 27, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Edward Green

Green nubuck is not something that you see often, but is surely appreciated when you do! These two pairs, by Edward Green, are amazing to say the least. And while I am not crazy about the penny loafer I would probably buy and wear it just for the fact that it is green nubuck and you know damn sure that you won’t see anyone else on the street with a similar pair. I have to […]

January 25, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – George Cleverley

Cleverley’s favorite pastime: hidden side-gore slip on’s! And why not? They look good and not many other makers actually make them. I quite like the top model and even though it is listed as being espresso in color, with the camera trickery going on, I prefer to see it as some shade of gray. Being that the shoes at hand are both suede models, let’s switch the subject onto that. With my conquest of shoe […]

January 24, 2011

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A Shoe’s Shape

Up until recently, I always focused my attention on design (i.e. pattern – wing tip, cap toe, color, details etc.) when deciding whether or not I liked a shoe, not ever really paying attention to the shape, even though it played a big part (if not the biggest) in my decision making process. But now, having made shoes and with my introduction into self-taught shoe design, I have come to appreciate shape on a whole […]

January 23, 2011

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Interesting Shoes – Close But No Cigar

When you try too hard, the end result usually does not come out quite right. For me, this Giuliano Fujiwara shoe represents just that. I mean, the upper paired with the Norwegian stitching was absolutely amazing, but then he had to completely ruin it by adding some chunky-ass, Red Wing looking sole. Maybe I missed the memo, but to me smart shoes just don’t go great with 2-inch (5 cm) platform, white-cushioned soles!! Had this […]

January 21, 2011

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Shoe Of The Week

Of all of the ways that one could make a wingtip shoe, I truly appreciate this version. It has the feel of a brogue, yet does not have the actual brogueing, which for me, means that the designer actually put some thought into it instead of just saying, ‘let’s make another full-brogue.’ And while it’s not that far off, it’s enough to appreciate the simplistic final outcome. Yet almost more importantly than being creative with […]

January 20, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Random’s

Shoes Above: Martegani Shoes Above: Tricker’s Shoes Above: Tom Ford Shoes Above: Allen Edmonds Shoes Above: Crockett & Jones for Brooks Brothers Well, I figured that I would give you a little bit of color that I don’t usually put on here. I actually really like it when makers create something in green. It can really look good if done properly. The Tom Ford is particularly nice, not only because of it’s deep, forest green […]

January 18, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Rider Boot Co. Sketches

Looking at these, makes me feel bad about my sketches. Not that I couldn’t draw something this well. I am sure that I could (well, almost as good) if I actually put my mind to it, but I just don’t think that I have the patience. My simple sketches take me long enough. Drawings like these would take me like 4-5 hours, minimum. But I cannot deny that they are absolutely amazing! If you go […]