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Monthly Archive: November 2012

November 30, 2012

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Bestetti – A Shoe God?….DEFINITELY!

I finally saw some Bestetti’s in person, actually twice, within the last few weeks and I simply must say that the pictures in this blog, don’t do any justice to the actual thing. Simply put: his shoes are works of art, not theoretically, but by all means, literally. I was so impressed to see and feel them in person but then that state of impression turned to sadness as I realized that I don’t yet […]

November 29, 2012

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42nd Royal Highland – A Side Profile To Die For

Out of all the angles that one can create with a shoe, the side profile, for me, is the nicest in pictures. However, it can also be very deceiving as you don’t really get a view of the last shape as you would see it on your feet, which for me is the most important view to judge a pair of shoes on. You notice so many people who will look sideways in the mirror […]

November 28, 2012

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Cleverley Bespoke – Always Something Interesting….

I love a nice calf skin, but what I realize when looking at this picture, is how much my shoe wardrobe is lacking in anything outside of suede and calf. It could be due to the fact that most exotic skins come with a high price tag (that I have yet to be able to cope with) as well as needing to go bespoke in order to get them. I mean, crocodile is nice sometimes, […]

November 27, 2012

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Gray Balmoral Boots?…..YES, PLEASE!

Photos Courtesy of Zimmermann & Kim Grey is so underrated and underutilized in the shoe industry, at least in the part of the industry that I care about. Sure you have gray patent stuff by the likes of D&G or other fashion labels, but why don’t we see more grey used for shoes like oxfords? For me, a dark grey color like this one used above is precisely the color that could be utilized under […]

November 26, 2012

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Interview: Steven Taffel, Owner of Leffot in NYC

Q: For those that have not heard your story, can you briefly explain how you came to envision the concept of Leffot shoe store? A: I was surprised by the men’s shoe offerings in New York. It seemed to me the selection was lacking and service was average. There were several ‘brand’ shoe stores but multi brand was limited and uninspiring. Big stores are over assorted, which can be confusing when, trying to shop, at […]

November 23, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Bally Scribe

I can’t say that I know a lot about Bally shoes, particularly because I know that within the last 10 years there has been some rocky roads with all of the ownership changes but what I can say is that I have always liked their higher-end line, what is now called (or possibly always) Scribe. Traditionally made in Switzerland (and I think brought back to there), the Scribe shoe has always been built on the […]

November 22, 2012

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Great Minds Think Alike — G&G Astaire MTO’s

When you think about all of the possibilities that one could produce with a made to order shoe, the amount of variations is undoubtedly in the millions, if not more, depending on how many factors are involved. That being, when I saw this pair of shoes, owned by Mr. Kevin Seah (bespoke suit maker out of Singapore), it instantly made me chuckle, as it reminded me of my own MTO by Gaziano & Girling and […]

November 21, 2012

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The Perfect Brown Full-Brogue?

Photo Courtesy of Zimmermann & Kim I have always loved and admired the last shapes of Laszlo Vass (the more elongated ones). I might even be so bold to say that one of his lasts just might be my favorite of all time (pictured below just to kill your curiosity, which I think just might be the same as the one above?…..). And one of my big regrets is that I never managed to get […]

November 20, 2012

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My Future Bestsellers! – J.FitzPatrick Wholecut Loafers

For those of you that have been reading my blog for a long time, you will have undoubtedly heard me ranting and raving about the lack of wholecut loafers on offer within the shoe industry. Instead, every loafer on offer seems to have an apron stitch, some tassels or the penny strap across the vamp. But rarely do you see a nice wholecut loafer without anything other than a medallion or even completely clean…..Because this […]

November 19, 2012

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Ed Et Al — Remastered

A good businessman should always do at least one of two things (if not both): treat their employees well and listen to the concerns of their customers in regards to the product or service offering. Edwin Neo, taking into account the reputation of his company Ed Et Al, and the shoes that fall under that brand, did just that and has most recently revamped his shoe offerings in order to fix the concerns laid out by […]