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Monthly Archive: March 2014

March 11, 2014

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Saint Crispins Blue Monkstrap Boot

I am such a sucker for leather being mixed with suede. It really just creates such a beautiful contrast in the footwear region and when it goes from the trouser material touching the suede to the suede touching the leather, it is simply creates the perfect harmonious match. Even better when one of the colors is blue. And double brownie points when both colors are blue! So needless to say, when a blog reader sent […]

March 10, 2014

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A Patina by Gaziano & Girling

While this might come off as just down right teasing to some, many of you might be pleased to know that Gaziano & Girling will be offering a full patina service to their RTW/MTO collections, come this Autum/Winter 2014 and here is a sneak peak of the capabilities offered. It’s quite impressive to witness the changes that they have made to their company in the last year, from a new and bigger factory, to their […]

March 7, 2014

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The Sinister Strap by Koji Suzuki

There is something very sinister about this strap by Koji Suzuki for Spigola. It just looks like it has attitude to it and the fact that it brings out these feelings, to me, means that the design was well executed. I don’t personally like a strap that falls below the side of the vamp/last line (and thus close to the welt) but I can certainly appreciate the appeal of it, especially when a shoe looks […]

March 6, 2014

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New Enzo Bonafe Whole Cut Oxfords

I have always felt that a whole cut oxford should be on a last that has softly rounded edges and toe shape. As a model that, for me, is meant to stand for the utmost elegance, I have never felt that a sharp edge suited the whole cut oxford as much as a soft, rounded edge did. That was until I saw this new model by Enzo Bonafe (for Swedish shop, Skoaktiebolaget, of where the photos come […]

March 4, 2014

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The Craftsmanship of Yesteryear

It is always amazing to see the workmanship of the shoe industry from before the 1950’s. Even more impressive is the work from the turn of the 20th century. Although machinery in shoemaking was introduced in the 1850’s and heavily used by the 1890’s, there simply seemed to be a higher level of workmanship all the way up through the mid 1900’s, with respects to today. As I have said before, shoemaking now is brilliant […]