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Monthly Archive: July 2012

July 13, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Landry Lacour Patina

Thinking about patinas, the most common thing that I believe comes to mind is just having your shoes died to another color, and giving it that brush stroke look. But I had never thought about actually creating the different pieces of a shoe’s pattern with the dye itself, like how Mr. Landry Lacour created a wing cap with black dye, on a whole cut shoe. For me, this represents the future of patinas. It really […]

July 12, 2012

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What I Am Wearing – The Italian Way

I know that I have touched on this before, but I will repeat that one of my favorite things about the way in which Italians dress themselves, is the constant use of suede shoes in their outfits. For me, a brown suede shoe (in the shade of my shoe here or darker) pairs more beautifully with a blue suit (whether it navy or mid-blue) than any other of shoe. Something about the texture of suede […]

July 11, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Tassel Loafers

Premise: “Let’s get as many colors as we can into this shot!” Outcome: Successful! To me, this is quite a cool picture. While I certainly wouldn’t execute most of these combinations, I find them to be quite intriguing nonetheless. I particularly love the striped socks, the graphite colored jeans on the left and the Lobb looking loafers accompanying those jeans! The attraction to this photo makes me think about how truly intriguing is is, in […]

July 10, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Quoddy Boat Shoes

I haven’t been a huge fan of Quoddy in the past. Not that I did not like the brand, more so, just wasn’t crazy about the way in which they designed their soles. So the other day, I was puttering about waiting for my wife to call me and happened to run into my friend Fred (who is also a reader of the blog). I asked him where he was off to (as we crossed […]

July 9, 2012

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When You Go Bespoke, The World Is For Your Taking

Corthay Having been heavily involved for some time now within the bespoke world of both shoes and suits, I have seen my fair share of the end results to customer orders. Sometimes I see the most plain-jane type of things: a black cap-toe oxford, a brown 3 eyelet plain-toe derby or just a notch lapel 2-button, plain gray cloth suit. Other times, I have seen blue suede chukka boots with pink stars stitched into the […]

July 6, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Crockett & Jones MTO Spectator

In light of the old vintage Crockett & Jones shoes that I put up awhile back (HERE), a reader sent me a picture of one of his own MTO concoction put together by Crockett & Jones. Needless to say, as many of you may know my taste by now, I was astounded by the beauty of them. I can only imagine though, that by the look of that vamp/quarter material, that it might be hard […]

July 5, 2012

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What I Am Wearing – Going Bold!

Ever since I have come to England, I feel as though I have become a tad bit more conservative, which isn’t a bad thing at all as I sometimes pushed the limits before coming here, but every now and then makes me feel a bit boring. Therefore I decided to get back to my roots and have a bit of fun by adding a bit of flair. The thing that I love most about ‘dress […]

July 4, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Albaladejo Inheritance Shoes

According to legend, before there was Carmina, there was just the Albaladejo family making shoes under their family name. I am not quite sure how far this stems back, but I would assume that it would be somewhere in the ballpark of 30-40 years ago. So taking a look at the shoes presented, you would be surprised to know that they belonged to the father of my friend who just recently handed them down to […]

July 3, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Custom Boat Shoes

Many of you may know how much of a sucker I am for a nice boat shoe which probably stems from my lack of† enthusiasm for flip flops, and therefore needing a solid replacement shoe to use during the hot months which seem to never come in sunny ‘ol England. But nevertheless, I do love a nice pair of boat shoes, and was therefore quite pleased when I saw this model by Calzoleria Giacopelli, which […]

July 2, 2012

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A Shoe For Every Color

Septieme Largeur – Light Gray The best thing about the modern dress shoe industry is this ability to possess practically any color of shoe that you want. With patina artists ever so prevalent in France (and even Japan), it’s almost as easy as choosing paint for your house: mix a couple of colors together and come up with some puke colored concoction or better yet, the perfect shade of gray (like this shoe above by […]