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Monthly Archive: September 2012

September 28, 2012

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Scarpe Di Bianco – An MTO Process….

A few years back a company named Scarpe Di Bianco came on to the scene, blowing the socks off of anyone who appreciated nice footwear. I remember the first time that I saw them (online) and thought to myself, ‘man, I would love to have all of these!’ Not only do they have an enormous collection, as far as styles go, but also make shoes in every single color that you could think of. A […]

September 27, 2012

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The Butcher of Savile Row……

In staying true to what I actually wear each day, I thought that I would give you an accurate account of my daily attire, of which includes a beautifully made leather apron. I remember the first day that I came to Gieves & Hawkes, the CEO was showing me around the shop, the space that I was going to be in, and the apron that he had acquired for me in order to wear. I […]

September 26, 2012

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Carmina Greatness!!!!!!

The idea of the tassel on a loafer being in a contrast color is probably one of my favorite details in shoe design. The tassel, for me, is one of those things that creates a lovely complement to a plain shoe. It makes me wonder who the heck thought of it and how they came about designing it…..They were a genius, that’s for sure! Nevertheless, while a tassel is an easy thing to attach to […]

September 25, 2012

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Ed Et Al – Singaporean Shoemakers On The Rise

For a long time now, I have been hearing this name Ed Et Al, whether by chance or by blog readers writing me up to check them out. I figured that since I had more than one reader do so (which shows loyalty, and can only mean good things), I had better look them up and find out more. Now, in doing so, I discovered that they make a nice shoe for a very low […]

September 24, 2012

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 3.2: Shoe Lasts

Finalized product will have metal eyelets…..my round last shown below A shoe’s last is very important, for more reasons than one. Firstly, it makes up the shape of the shoe and there are about a trillion and one variations that one could come up. Secondly, it affects the fit, and thus the comfort of your shoe. So ever if you happen to design the coolest pattern and make the most pleasing shape one’s eye could […]

September 23, 2012

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What I Am Wearing – Special Bored On Sunday Edition

Warning: I am about to go on a rant. For those not interested in my thoughts, refrain from continuing. So, it’s Sunday (my only day off, EVER), it’s the 3rd day of Autumn and of course it’s raining here in London. Now, I am not disappointed by the rain, on the contrary, it’s quite refreshing as I am ready to start layering it up in the clothing department. I already have my eye on a […]

September 21, 2012

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The Side View Of A Shoe – Is It Deceiving?

My whole (dress shoe) life I have been judging last shapes and never really knew it. Whenever I was going to get a new pair of shoes (when I was back in Seattle), I would grab the shoe, toe sticking out perpendicular to my body, and hold it at my side looking down at it’s toe shape. If the shoes’ shape did not pass the test of how I would like looking at it whilst […]

September 20, 2012

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Saint Crispins + The Armoury – London Trunk Show

Legendary clothier, The Armoury, is back in London Town on Sept. 28th-29th, bringing with them this time, the famed Viennese shoemaking firm Saint Crispin’s. I for one am quite excited. While I unfortunately can’t afford to spoil myself to a pair of their shoes, it will be a nice treat for me to at least pop my head in, shake the hands of the gentleman behind the brand, and give their shoes a closer inspection! […]

September 18, 2012

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Pigskin Bestetti’s — Amazing As Always!!

What more is there to say??? Nothing that leaves Bestetti’s factory seems to be short of spectacular. I guess what I can touch on that I don’t believe I have before is the fact that all his shoes from the top of the facing all the way down to the front of the toe box, seem to always have the most elegant curvature imaginable…..the only problem is that it looks like it would only be […]

September 17, 2012

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John Lobb x Paul Smith = Absolute Greatness!

I know that I have been on a roll with my ‘How To Become A Shoe Designer’ thread, but as many people may not want to become one, nor really care to read about it, I figured I would give it a week’s rest and instead touch on another subject that I find to be quite an appealing project within the shoe industry. So, that being, for those of you whom may not know, September […]