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Monthly Archive: July 2013

July 9, 2013

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Balmoral Darby by Septieme Largeur – Pure Greatness!!

Here is an rememberance to one of Septieme Largeur’s greatest piece of footwear excellence, The Derby Balmoral! In all its glory it is one of the best derbys that I have ever seen and mainly so because of the fact that it provides a mirage of being an oxford. And those that know me well also know that I am not only weak for balmorals but also for a nice, clean plain-toe that highlights the shape of […]

July 8, 2013

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Life As A Shoe Designer: Part 1 – An Explanatory Overview

The day that I put my shoes out onto the shelves of Gieves & Hawkes and thus ready for sale, was a good day. Even better was my launch party that must have accumulated around 100 guests, all of which were readers of the blogs or friends of theirs interested in the brand. It was a proud day for myself and it represented the commencement of the goal that I put in place way back […]

July 5, 2013

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Two Toned Darby Boot by Carreducker

I always love seeing a color combination that I would have never thought to do. I especially love it when I like it. And even more so, when I thought about it without seeing it and said to myself, “bleh,” but then ended up being wrong. That was the case here. When I first heard that Carreducker were going to do this boot in blue leather with the tan side panel pieces, I first thought, […]

July 3, 2013

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The Boot That Will Last A Lifetime!

I have never really been so taken by cordovan leather. Not because I don’t like it or anything like that, but mainly because I was not sure that the extra cost warranted true justification. I know that cordovan leather is far stronger than your average calfskin, but when you are a guy like me that gets new shoes on a monthly basis and recycles the old ones, it’s rare that I buy to have forever. […]

July 2, 2013

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JM Weston Oxford Boot – Beautiful!

This is a great example of how the details of a shoe/boot can help to separate itself from the rest of the competition. That being what you have here in this lovely JM Weston, is a semi-short (7 eyelets, as opposed to the common 8-9) oxford boot, that has an intricate stitching that acts as the heel counter, as well as the facing stitch, being connected all the way around. Another detail is the enlarged […]

July 1, 2013

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What a Bit of Polish Can Do

While there is a limit to what polish can do in terms of extreme renovation, you would be pleasantly surprised to the extent of what it can do when used thoroughly on a good leather. The other week, I was brought a pair of shoes that needed more than just a little bit of love. I almost felt that my polish was not going to be enough to really turn the shoes around, but luckily […]