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Monthly Archive: June 2013

June 30, 2013

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June 28, 2013

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J.FitzPatrick – New Models/Last in the Woodworks

One of the great things about my factory is that they will literally allow me to design anything and will try to make it for me. I have heard through the grapevine that many classic factories (making this type of welted shoe) don’t allow this type flexibility for their private label customers, forcing them to stay within the boundaries of classical patterns. So needless to say, I feel quite fortunate for this freedom and therefore […]

June 27, 2013

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Bespoke Maftei In The Flesh!

A reader of the blog came in not too long ago, looking to say hi, have a quick shoe shine and try on a pair of my shoes. My last shapes (and widths) unfortunately did not agree with his feet, but luckily for my curiosity, I was finally able to see a pair of Maftei shoes in the flesh and was I thoroughly impressed by what I saw (not that I thought I wouldn’t be!). […]

June 26, 2013

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Ed Et Al – Suede Galore!

I really love what Ed Et Al is doing these days. I feel that in sort of a way, me and the owner have a somewhat of a similar vision of offering classic-ish models/shapes but putting on a more young and contemporary edge, with slight detail changes as well as the injection of color. The only difference is that with Ed Et Al, owning their own factory, they are able to be a bit more […]

June 25, 2013

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Going Off The Deep End…..G&G Bespoke Here I Come!

The day has finally come to try a pair of bespoke shoes that come from the shoemakers that for me epitomize shoemaking at it’s finest…..and boy am I excited! For me, the toughest thing about going bespoke is the decision of what to create. Having all of the “essentials” already taken care of, it only really makes sense for me to create something that is insanely unique that I know that no one else in […]

June 24, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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Sunday Shoe Porn

Corthay Circle, Courtesy of En Grande Pompe JM Weston, Courtesy of En Grande Pompe Bespoke Cleverley Jan Kielman – Bespoke from Poland

June 20, 2013

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Bespoke Shoe Porn and Shoes on Sale!

Courtesy of CC-Cocinella Dear Readers, Well, to be honest, I am not in the greatest of moods today, which makes me quite uninspired to write anything, so this post will be short but hopefully still sweet. Atop you can see a beautiful bespoke shoe by Roberto Ugolini which is probably one of the most visual pleasing shoes that I have seen in awhile. While possibly considered garish to some, I find it to be stunning! […]

June 19, 2013

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What I Am Wearing + New Chisel Last

The sun is finally starting to come out these days, well at least the heat is….the rain can’t make up it’s mind whether or not it wants to give London a break or just call it fall all year long. But hey, either way, it’s warm enough to take the risk of breaking out the light colored shoes (and trousers!), otherwise reserved for summer. That being, I decided to break out my new Fremont II, […]

June 18, 2013

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Beauty in the Detail

I have said it ten trillion times before and I will at least say it once more: the beauty of a shoe (and it’s pattern) is in the detail. Roberto Ugolini hit that detail right on the head with this lovely rendition of a saddle shoe. Not only do I like the little notch that he created on the saddle part itself, but even more intrigued by the fact that he added a heel counter […]