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Monthly Archive: August 2013

August 31, 2013

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Issues with the Blog

  Dear Readers, I am not sure if any of you have been experiencing problems viewing the blog or issues with slow processing times, but it would appear that I have been, which is not good as the blog’s author and moderator. So, you may notice that things will be changing such as putting the blog back to the way it was when I first launched it, now having to click “read more” to see […]

August 30, 2013

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The Little Shoemaker

  Not too long after my baby boy was born (he is now 6 weeks old), I received an unexpected package in the mail which just so happened to be a gift from a fellow blog reader. And that gift just happened to be the smartest handmade baby shoes in the world, made by fellow shoe enthusiast, Kevin Rowley aka The Little Shoemaker. Fitting was the gift as after all, my boy whether he likes […]

August 29, 2013

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JM Weston’s New Black Tie Collection

In the hopes to maintain a balance between a beautiful suit and immaculate shoes when attending formal events, JM Weston has created their very own Black Tie Collection. Introducing 5 new models (some more formal than others IMHO), they have created what they feel is the perfect offering to accompany the immortal dinner suit. I quite like the fact that they are not all patent, as I do truly feel that this idea of having […]

August 27, 2013

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Shoes, Socks & Ties

It is often said that shoes are an accessory to an outfit. I have never really agreed with this train of thought as I believe that shoes are one of the more integral (if not the most integral) parts of your wardrobe. Without them you can’t really go out in public. And in even in some cases, you would not be allowed into an establishment without them. This clearly contradicts the idea of an accessory, […]

August 26, 2013

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Bestetti Back At It!

Bestetti’s workshop must be one of the greatest places on earth (for shoe lovers). The amount of shoe greatness that he creates on a regular basis, must add up and create a stockpile of beautiful pieces of art that one could drool over for hours on end. While I go to Italy quite frequently (to visit the in-laws), I find it saddening that I never get a chance to make it up to Vigevano (about […]

August 23, 2013

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Blue Suede Monks by JM Weston

Everyone should own a pair of blue suede shoes. Period. They are A. So versatile; B. So frickin’ cool and C. Double extra cool. You can literally wear them with anything, and I mean that. What can’t you wear them with? That is the question. Sure, not a black suit, but who wears those outside of weddings, funerals, black tie events or being a bouncer at a club? Oh yea, a lot of America does […]

August 22, 2013

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Masaru Okuyama – My New Favorite Japanese Maker

I first came into contact with Masaru Okuyama’s shoes while I was in Paris visiting the Aubercy shop where they were hosting a little corner for Mr. Okuyama in the hopes to spread the name and exceptional work of this young, talented shoemaker. His shoes were simply amazing. No need to try and fluff it up but they were flawlessly beautiful in every sense of the idea, not only in make but design and detail. […]

August 21, 2013

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Anthony Delos – A Legend Disappears…Eaten by Berluti

Money rules. Full stop. But it is not always ruling for the good. And while I intend to become a man of wealth myself, often I find it sad when wealth swallows up greatness and therefore vow to not allow it to ever change me. While others may disagree, I believe that this is precisely what happened to Mr. Delos. Not that money changed him (this is not my sentiment here), but rather that a […]

August 20, 2013

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Ferragamo Goes British

I am not going to lie, I used to really like Ferragamo and if I am going to be even more honest, I still kind of do. That being, I don’t like everything that they do, but sometimes, just sometimes they make a very nice shoe, one that is beautiful and well made and could stand next to the greats. That’s one thing that upsets me about some of the Italian companies. Many of them, […]

August 19, 2013

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The Whole Cut Loafer – The New Most Versatile Shoe….EVER!

In the early days of the blog, back in 2010, I had a different outlook on shoes, style and ultimately, life. Due to that different outlook, I felt that the most versatile shoe ever was the brown full brogue. While still appealing to me as a shoe that can literally be paired with almost any outfit, I guess that my criteria for versatility no longer simply means ‘what can be worn with any outfit,’ but […]