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Monthly Archive: August 2012

August 16, 2012

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Green Suit, Green Shoes – I Might As Well Be A Martian!

I really like the color green but sometimes find it so difficult to pair with other colors. For me, it’s usually just a matter of putting blue with it, but what else does it go with? It’s one of the reasons that I don’t often wear this suit, partly because it is a really really light powder green, partly because it’s mohair and therefore is easily ruined if not extremely careful. Nevertheless, I frequently get […]

August 15, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Caulaincourt Adelaides

Photo Courtesy of: Les Belles Chaussures I always love seeing something that I have never really seen before, and this model here by Caulaincourt represents just that for me. While the pattern is not really that unfamiliar, as I have seen something similar by Berluti, the combination between leathers (suede & calf) and colors (brown and what looks like gray) is simply amazing. I really have been loving suede more and more these days and […]

August 14, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Barker Double Monks

During the Summer sale period here in London, if you look hard enough, you can find some great deals, as was the case for my colleague who found these Charles Tyrwhitt double monks (made by Barker) for around £165. As the residential Shoe Snob here at G&H, many of my colleagues will come to me for shoe advice, to show off their new shoes or as in the case of most ask me to shine […]

August 13, 2012

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The Next Big Trend: Custom Loafers

When you think back to the 1940-1950’s (or watch series like Mad Men), you notice that things seemed to be quite uniform. Men pretty much all wore the same thing: gray/navy suit, black dress shoes, dark overcoat and a brimmed hat. There really seemed to be a standard of dress. Even where they were casual, they didn’t seem to stray far from the norm, sporting chinos with a tucked-in casual shirt (think polo or casual […]

August 10, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Foster & Son New Bespoke Models

I think that seeing bespoke shoe samples is probably one of my favorite activities, as sad as that sounds. Ready-to-wear shoes can only be so wild, but with bespoke the world is on the fingertips† (literally) of the pattern maker. That being, each and every bespoke shop will literally just be a representation of the taste (or imagination) to the one who designs and/or makes the patterns of that brands’ shoes. Here you can see […]

August 9, 2012

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English Eccentricism – Yellow Trousers!

While England is a country that has been deeply rooted in sartorial conservatism and tends to have a very strong idea of the way that ‘one should dress,’ there is another side of that coin that prides itself in the act of being eccentric. And while being conservatively elegant is something nice, it will never turn my head the way in which a well-dressed eccentric will. That being, my good friend Geoff here (who is […]

August 8, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Vass-tacular!

Picture Courtesy Of: Style Forum Vass is one of those brands that I believe no proper shoe wardrobe should be without. This is why I always feel ashamed that I don’t own a pair, especially when I look at pictures like this and drool starts flowing from my mouth. Something about their sleek lasts and tight waists paired with robust soles just drives me crazy but does so in a good way. It’s weird, because […]

August 7, 2012

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Sutor Mantellassi Boutique: Milan

Picture Courtesy Of: The Style Buff Apparently prestigious Italian shoemaker Sutor Mantellassi has recently opened a new boutique in Milan. As you can see, they did not spare any reservations in making the place look nothing less than extravagant. Lasts appear to be everywhere, from the wall to the creation of the entire chandelier, something of which I find to be quite appealing really. And while it may pose as overkill to some, I feel […]

August 6, 2012

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The Last 10 Years In The Shoe Industry

Picture Courtesy of: Style Forum Just over 8 years ago marked my entrance into the shoe industry, a day that I will never forget and will forever be grateful to the people that hired me, giving me a chance to discover what would soon be my future passion: shoes. I never would I have really guessed (the day that I was hired) that I would be where I am today within this industry and seeing […]

August 3, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Crockett & Jones Olympic Special Editions

Many fashion/clothing companies around London have been doing a special Olympic tribute by creating some article of clothing (within their collection) donning the colors of the Union Jack. And while I am all for patriotism of one’s own country or being proud of where you come from and representing it, there has been a bit of overkill by certain companies and things created that would be good for one day of use, yet cost tons […]