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Monthly Archive: June 2013

June 16, 2013

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June 14, 2013

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Bespoke Shoes from Poland – Tadeusz Januszkiewicz

It’s always a pleasure coming into contact with shoes that you have always seen online but never in person. I have always been quite intrigued with shoemaking from the “Eastern” part of Europe, as it is quite different than your makers here in England/France/Italy. You find that their shoes tend to be a bit more heavy looking and feeling. That doesn’t mean that they are like bricks or anything, as you can clearly see here, […]

June 13, 2013

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New & Lingwood Throwbacks Loafers

The other day, I came across this loafer by New & Lingwood (as a customer brought it in for a shine) and noticed how its design was quite similar to my Marcos loafer. When I designed it I thought that I had created something quite unique by extending the penny strap all the way to the heel, but after seeing this, I really realize that the phrase, ‘nothing is new under the sun,’ has its […]

June 12, 2013

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Spectator To Die For!! (literally)

† The key to creating great footwear is through experimentation and while you probably are sick and tired of hearing me harp on and on about all of the Japanese shoemakers and their skills, one cannot deny their ability to make beautiful pieces that stand out like an oasis in the Sahara desert! And most of them are created through their lack of fear in experimentation. This spectator not only defies the rationale behind the […]

June 9, 2013

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June 7, 2013

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Slick Suits with Deco Boots

Don’t have a lot of time today to ramble on, but thought that you all would appreciate seeing my new Gaziano & Girling Deco ‘Fairbank’ Beatle boot! While you normally get the Deco shoes with a bleached toe (done by reverse patina), I decided to give it my own touch of snobbery by adding some red polish to the toe and heels and setting it apart from the rest. A bit rock & roll if […]

June 6, 2013

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New Septieme Largeur Shop in Paris + New Models!

Septieme Largeur have been up to a lot these days and I must say that it is all quite impressive. Just recently they opened up their second shop in Paris, in the area of the Left Bank (see website for details/address). I have yet to see it in person, but from the pictures it seems to be modeled (nearly identically) after their original location on St. Lazare. Not only have they expanded their company to […]

June 5, 2013

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Feeling Dandy?

It takes a confident and courageous man to be bold in his attire. It is easy to be elegant in muted colors and go unnoticed without anyone batting an eye at you. But doing so while being colorful is probably one of the hardest things that a man can do when it comes to dressing himself. It’s too easy to say ‘oh god that looks awful, all that color,’ just because that person wouldn’t dare […]

June 4, 2013

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Barbanera’s New Collection for S/S2013

Proclaimed by me as ‘King of the Spectators,’ Barbanera (which mean’s black beard in Italian) has released their new range of shoes for the Spring/Summer of 2013. Keeping up with their two-toned theme, you’ll see some interesting pairing of colors, such as this black/burgundy adelaide with intricate brogueing, above. As fringes seem to be all of the rage these days they have also included a few color variations of a fringed monk strap called Jerry […]

June 3, 2013

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New Summer Selection of Driving Loafers by Hugs & Co.

The sun has finally stayed out longer than 5 minutes here in London, and I am sure that everyone living here is finally at peace after a very long and horrible winter. What this means for us shoe fanatics is that we can now break out our colorful shoes that have been collecting dust in the old wardrobe for the last 8 months! I have always loved a red suede driving loafer, having bought my […]