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Monthly Archive: June 2011

June 30, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Grenson Canvas Cap Toe’s

I finally saw someone wearing cool and unique shoes, on Savile Row!!! I can’t lie, actually this is the second time, but the first, I was heading to work, had my iPod in, and just couldn’t be fussed to ask some random guy to take a picture of his shoes. But as this was a customer who came over to chat, I thought to myself, ‘why not?’ I was stumped, too, because I thought that […]

June 29, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Saint Crispin’s Part 2

It’s tough knowing a brand, that you like a lot, and not being able to see them in the flesh without either buying a pair or flying to the country of origin to visit their showroom. Saint Crispin’s, as well as many Japanese and French labels, fall into this category for me. That’s the beauty of being a shoe buyer though. If you truly wanted, you could go out and find many up and coming […]

June 27, 2011

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Nordstrom Shoe Buyer Interview

Do you ever wonder why the hell a certain shoe brand is gracing the presence of the shelves of a large department store such as Nordstrom or Bloomingdales. Or even asked yourself why some brand that you wish was, actually isn’t and probably won’t be? Well, I have, as I used to work for a large department store and constantly asked myself, ‘why are we selling this, and why aren’t we selling these other great […]

June 25, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – G & G Factory Finds

† One of my favorite things about going to Gaziano & Girling’s factory is seeing all of the bespoke models lying around, being able to capture the ideas that some individuals have in their minds and appreciate them. On top of that, I am also able to see RTW shoes being produced for other markets, like Asia, which will almost always be different from the shoes that you will see produced for the Western world, […]

June 23, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – John Lobb Boots

The jodhpur boot is one of the most intriguing boots around. Not as plain as the chelsea boot, but by far more elegant. I love a shoe/boot that is clean looking i.e. has a large blank canvas of leather, free of stitching. How elegant is it that the leather starts at the toe and extends all the way up to the top, without any stitching? Lovely! The only thing that is throwing me off about […]

June 22, 2011

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Blog Influence – Wedding Shoes

When I started this blog, as I have said before, it was for two reasons; 1. To make a name for myself before I started my shoe line and 2. To positively influence and assist in the finding of beneficial information and shoe porn. And just recently, I have been able to see that second bit come to life in a major way. That being, I had a reader of mine, who truly took to […]

June 17, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Carreducker One Off’s

† There is a leather factory in Northampton, called Crack’s (for short), which is considered the haven for acquiring leather in this country. And apparently, as you can see by the leather at hand, sometimes you can find some unique and interesting stuff. Now for some of you, this might not matter, but unfortunately this hide here, was extremely limited and just happened to get entirely purchased by Deborah Carre, who made these chelsea boots […]

June 16, 2011

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My Next Pair

† Sorry for the delay in writing these last days but I have seized the opportunity to get some shoemaking in, which left me up until the late hours doing so and then needing to immediately go to bed once done. Many of you might have been under the impression that the next shoe that I made was going to be of my own design, but as the pattern won’t be completely done, and thus […]

June 13, 2011

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Shoe Design 101

Let me start by saying that I do not have any formal schooling in design or drawing. The only skills that I have acquired were from when I was 5 years old and used to draw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Wolverine. Up until the beginning of this year, those were the last things that I drew. That being, ANYONE can become a designer. In reality, I have a feeling that many “designers” have no […]

June 12, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Enrile

As I usually tend to put ‘out of this world’ type shoes on these pages, I feel like every once in a while I need to switch it up a bit and add a little bit of classic back into my blog. I have only just discovered this new up-and-comer in the European shoe industry and therefore wanted to share it with all of you. Once only a leather goods maker, company Enrile from Seville, […]