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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 14, 2013

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Bespoke G&G for Steven Taffel – Legendary

For those that don’t know, Steven Taffel is the owner of NYC shoe store Leffot. And these bad boys are his new bespoke numbers by Gaziano & Girling. When I first saw these, I must say that I was blown away not only by the shear beauty of them as a whole but also for the execution in the design and details. There is not one thing about them that is out of place or […]

May 10, 2013

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Crockett & Jones – SS2013 New Suede Loafer Collection

As the summer time comes (if it ever really does here in London), my mind and sartorial inclinations are often being directed towards loafers, particularly suede ones. Walking past the Crockett & Jones shop in the Burlington arcade the other day, I couldn’t help but notice the new Teign model in green suede with crepe sole. While not properly captured here, the shade of that green was simply spectacular and even better was the addition […]

May 9, 2013

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Rubinacci Loafers – Mesh-tastic!

There is nothing like a nice loafer. They are just so simple and easy, and go with so many different things, from suits to chinos to jeans to even shorts if you are feeling really really bold. And most loafers tend to look good, so long as they have a nice shape to them, like this elegantly round toe here, by Rubinacci for Zimmermann & Kim. Now some loafers look better than others, as would […]

May 8, 2013

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Cool Patinas – No Words Necessary…..

Landry Lacour Read ’em and weep! Alexander Nuralaeff of Dandy Shoe Care, Photo Courtesy of Dapper Edition Septieme Largueur Septieme Largueur Paulus Bolten Septieme Largueur Landry Lacour Septieme Largueur Paulus Bolten Septieme Largueur

May 7, 2013

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Blue Carmina’s….F***ing Amazing!!!

Blue is my favorite color, so naturally any shoe that comes in it and looks reasonably good, is going to be on my list of top-tier spectaculars! Needless to say, this Carmina model, offered by Epaulet of NYC, is cream of the crop. Not only have I loved this version of a single monk for a very long time (being very different from everyone else), but the shade of blue calf is simply exquisite. This […]

May 6, 2013

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Kanpekina aka Perfetto — Japanese Greatness at it’s absolue FINEST!!!

The more the days go by, the more I feel that Japan might quickly be becoming the mecca for fine footwear and amazing shoemakers. It is known that when the Japanese culture takes ahold of something, whether it be blades, yo-yo-ing, technology or shoemaking, that once they go for it and immerse their culture into it, they don’t stop until it is perfected and they become the best at doing it. Kanperkina/Perfetto is proof of […]

May 3, 2013

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The Beauty of a Patina

The beauty of leather is the fact that it can be altered, not only in color (through dye) but also in depth (through shine). Color (aka dye) and polish can transform a shoe beyond most people’s imaginations. A shoe that would otherwise look like a boring and dull model can ultimately be made to look like the greatest thing ever with a bit of creativity through the imagination of a brilliant patina artist. Such creativity […]

May 1, 2013

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Il Micio – Brogue-Tastic!

Coming to think about it, Florence is probably the most populated city in all of Italy for bespoke shoemakers. Off the top of my head, I know of 5, but I am sure that there are a few other small ones that exist that I never managed to come across. Of those 5 is one Japanese gentleman by the name of Hidetaka Fukaya, known in Florence as Il Micio. For those that don’t speak Italian, […]