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Monthly Archive: February 2013

February 27, 2013

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Unique Design by Magnanni

There is greatness and then there is excess. This borderlines on the mixture of the two. The idea of a wholecut loafer with these buttons and then an interchangeable tassel is simply brilliant in my opinion. But then adding the cloth as the upper is what makes it overkill to me. The fabric alone, as a wholecut with that lovely black trim would be great, but having it all together is not…..Far better would be […]

February 26, 2013

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Red JM Westons

Photo Courtesy of En Grande Pompe What a beautiful shoe!! Probably not everyone’s color of choice but it’s hard to deny that the shoe looks nothing short of amazing. While red is not that practical for day to day wear, it is a striking color nonetheless that can create great admiration and desire, particularly when put on one’s feet in an elegant way. Imagine this lovely underneath a nice mid-blue birds eye or herringbone suit […]

February 25, 2013

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Craig Corvin Bespoke

Last Spring, my friend Craig Corvin (who is a bespoke shoemaker from Seattle) passed by London, while on a mini European tour, in order to stock up on the ‘ol shoemaking bits that one needs for the tool heavy profession. While on his short pit stop in London, we managed to get an evening in of pint sipping, football (soccer) watching and shoemaking discussion. While he is far more advanced than myself with regards to […]

February 22, 2013

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From London to Melbourne – The Making of Christian Kimber

I remember when I first started working on Savile Row. I was fresh & naive and I did not really know anyone in the industry outside of Carreducker. They had told me about the owner of then Lodger, being American (from the NW like me) and friendly, and offered an introduction so that I could start making contacts and just getting to know people really. So I emailed the owner, told him that I would […]

February 21, 2013

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Roberto Ugolini Bespoke U-Cap’s

The author of former blog, Suitorial (now Suitology) wrote me up a few months back, telling me that he had just recently moved to London and wanted to say hello in person. At the time, I was at Selfridges, so I told him to come along there so that we could have a chat. As admirer’s of each others work, it was nice to be finally meeting in physical form and not just over the […]

February 20, 2013

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Tailored for Taylor

So, as you can imagine, I get a lot of emails asking me to write about so so’s product on the blog. A lot of it makes me think that the person writing me didn’t even have the courtesy (or decency) to look at my blog before writing me up, as just to make sure that their product would be even remotely interesting to my audience (or to myself even). The best is when people […]

February 19, 2013

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Straight Shoe Porn

G&G Bespoke Anthony Delos Bespoke Anthony Delos in the making Berluti Bespoke Edward Green….in dark green!! Septieme Largeur, courtesy of En Grande Pompe Don’t have any time to write today so I thought that I would do my best to make it up by simply giving you as much shoe porn that I can… I hope that you all enjoy!! best, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

February 18, 2013

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Interesting Design by Norman Vilalta

To coolest thing about bespoke makers is seeing their imagination come to life through the samples that they make to represent their brand. A shoe’s design can consist of an infinite amount of details, twists and turns and seeing how they end up is always brilliant, whether good or bad. Sometimes, I wish that I was just filthy rich and my only hobby was to be able to create every single shoe design that has […]

February 15, 2013

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A Legendary Boot by Septieme Largeur

The last time that I was in Paris, as I usually do, I found myself hanging about the Septieme Largeur shop, seeing what was new and exciting. While there, the owner Mr. Marcos Fernandez, was telling me of a shoe design that he was working on and that it would be something that I had never seen before. As you can imagine, I was incredibly intrigued by the notion of “something I had never seen […]

February 13, 2013

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Mr. Miyagi Monks

† I’m kind of at a loss for words today…been feeling a bit like procrastinating on everything as I am working myself ragged! That being I don’t really have a whole lot to say other than this single brogued monk by Miyagi Kogyo is simply beautiful. I really do like a monk that has the balmoral line as it allows for a very clean distinction between the facing and the vamp, which of course then […]