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Monthly Archive: April 2013

April 30, 2013

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Balmoral Greatness – By George Cleverley

Photo Courtesy of Rose Callahan for the Dandy Portraits There are not many things more appealing than a beautiful balmoral line that extends across a shoe in a laser like manner! This angle (and thus model) here presents one of the most appealing balmoral lines that I have seen to date. Beautiful in it’s straightness, yet still subtle in the fact that the shoe is simply suede, not partaking in the idea of separating in […]

April 29, 2013

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Ascot Shoes – Online Shoe Store

The idea of just owning an all black or brown pair of shoes for your wardrobe is changing . Two tones and unconventional colored shoes are quickly creeping their way not only onto the shelves of once known conservative shoe companies, but are also spreading across the internet like a virus thanks to all of the companies that offer MTO services. Gone are the days of the “norm,” of fitting into society comfortably so that […]

April 26, 2013

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Carmina – Always Lovely….

I reckon that in 10 years time (or less), Spanish shoemaking will be just as known (or respected) as Italian shoemaking and a great part of who is to thank for that is Carmina. While previously known by the family name of Albaladejo, this family has been making good shoes for a long time, shoes that for me stand against some of the best British shoemakers today. While I have said this all before, it […]

April 25, 2013

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Edward Green Spring/Summer 2013

I have been meaning to pop into Edward Green for the longest time now and take some snaps of their latest and greatest and the other day I finally managed to do so. I must say that I was terribly impressed by all of the injection of color that they have been doing as of lately. For a company with such a rich history with a strong and loyal client base, who I am sure […]

April 24, 2013

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Cheaney – Times Have Changed

As many of you know, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Cheaney, not so much in the sense that I did not like their styles and shoes in general but more so that I was not a fan of their lasts (not the shapes, but rather the unbalanced proportions) and the way that a lot of their benchgrade stuff looked (and felt). But, even since their Imperial line has surfaced into the industry, […]

April 23, 2013

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Mybuster – Gemming is Bad Part 2 (plus some shoe porn!)

Anthony Delos So, as many of you man have seen yesterday, I wrote an article about this notion that gemming in the RTW footwear industry is not something that is to really be frowned upon in the modern day.  With that I received a comment from a reader that I wish to share and respond to so that you can all see my response and think about it: “I was under the impression that Vass […]

April 22, 2013

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Mythbuster – Gemming is Bad

gemming allows for this waist in a RTW product Lately I have been hearing a lot about gemming, mainly blog readers telling me that they had read about it elsewhere, not only on the forums but also from other bloggers claiming that gemming is bad, as it apparently minimizes the lifespan of the shoe. Claims have stated that after 3 to 4 resoles, the gemming will break (either the rib or the cement will come […]

April 19, 2013

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My Two New Toys

I have always wanted a nice briefcase bag to complete my outfits of slick shoes, nice suits and smart coats. Only that a bag of exceptional caliber will usually run you much more than a well made shoe. As I am by no means wealthy (as of yet!), I was left to toting around my Samsonite computer bag all around London, day in and day out. However, my luck has finally changed and have now […]

April 18, 2013

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Meermin Navy Suede Monks

Dear Readers, Sorry that I have missed out two days on the posting but I forgot to tell you on Monday that I was heading to my factory the next day, which is why I have not been able to write anything, especially as I can´t figure out how to load images on my tablet (friggin technology!!). That being, I have managed to sneek away 10 minutes in order to share some lovely shoes with […]

April 15, 2013

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My Recommended Shoe Cobbler

Part of being a good shoe brand is offering your customers a place in which they can confidently take their shoes to once they start to need new parts put on, or simply want to make some adjustments to them, such as putting on toe taps. Most brands in England offer this refurbishment service by sending the shoes back to their factory. This is clearly the best option that one can do, however, it is […]