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Monthly Archive: February 2018

February 28, 2018

Patina Croc Loafers via MTO by Septieme Largeur

As I get older, I start to like more and more crocodile/alligator products but still mainly limited to loafers and small details. What I am not crazy about is the overbearingness that exotic leather can sometimes give when it is say a wholecut oxford and doesn’t have any lines to break it up. That is why I like it in penny loafers and also why I tend to like it when it has a patina to […]

February 27, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #4 — BARBANERA

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, CLICK HERE Barbanera hit the market a few years back (around 5), founded by two Italian pairs of brothers. A bit unorthodox approach to the classic shoe world have gained them recognition worldwide. Barbanera’s shoes are manufactured in the Tuscany region of Italy, in a factory specializing in Goodyear welted shoes, with leather from some of the finest Italian tanneries. The shoes are made with closed channel […]

February 25, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear New GMTOs 2018

My company J.FitzPatrick Footwear has recently launched their latest set of GMTOs and are doing things a little bit different this offering. A lot of what you see here are models that have never even existed in our RTW collection, such as the two new ghillie offerings as well as the Bothell loafer and the Puyallup button boot and lastly the Sunnyside adelaide, thus making a much more attractive offering. These models all exist in […]

February 23, 2018

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Carlos Santos w/ Darkened Brogueing

Even though it can look pretty cheap, I have always loved the accent of a brogueing that has been darkened to the rest of the shoe. For me, it adds character to what otherwise can be a boring shoe. And maybe it is just because I am not crazy about lighter leather shoes like tan and the like and think that adding such accent makes them more wearable. I mean, I wouldn’t probably do it […]

February 22, 2018

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #3 — MYRQVIST

To read about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, CLICK HERE Myrqvist is a Private Label brand of the Swedish online store Herrstil, who started their shoe initiative in spring 2016 with a campaign on Kickstarter. It was extremely successful, a total of over €70,000 was gained in the campaign and over 400 pairs of shoes were pre-ordered. They have a close cooperation with the Indian factory that makes their shoes and regularly visit it, the […]

February 20, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – Paris Trunk Show March 2nd/3rd

Dear All, We are pleased to announce our return to Paris for another J.FitzPatrick Footwear trunk show and are very excited for this after being +2 years away from one of our favorite European cities As usual we will be hosted by our good friends at Mes Chaussettes Rouges at 9 Rue Cesar Franck, Paris – 75015 and are always pleased to be represented by a great shop such as theirs. The trunk show shall take place […]

February 19, 2018

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #2 — THE SABOT

The webshop The Sabot offer a wide variety of shoes that are very unique to their shop. Their own Private Label range made by Antonio Meccariello are Goodyear welted, have closed channeled soles and a slim bevelled waist, and overall very high attention to detail of the finish for a pair of shoes starting at about £434/€495 (4,800 SEK). They also have Antonio Meccariello’s own range, the Argentum Dux, made to a higher standard with a Goodyear technique […]

February 16, 2018

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My Story — The 5 Year Plan…… Italy – Part 1

For those that have missed the first two parts to this, please see links below: 1. https://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/02/my-story-the-early-years-the-foundation.html 2. https://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/02/my-story-the-5-year-plan-the-first-two.html At Stefano’s bespoke workshop there were 3 makers, Masako (the head maker), Kumiko and Matteo. Then you had the RTW shop where Mario Bemer, Stefano’s brother, was based. This was a much bigger shop around the corner from Piazza Nerli. My first two weeks was working with Mario doing various odd job work. I remember thinking to myself, […]

February 15, 2018

Ramon Cuberta New 2018 RTW Collection

Ramon Cuberta has recently launched his new 2018 collection and although small, it packs a punch. With 4 shoes on offer to choose from, there is no room for error with whether or not you like something, at least for Ramon’s sake. But safe to say for him, while slightly bolder than your average oxford, the model with separate facing (as highlighted), coming in two shades of brown should be able to gain most people’s […]

February 13, 2018

Carmina’s Exotic Leather Loafers

Carmina has recently launched a new MTO product, being a series exotic leather Uetam loafers which I must confess are pretty cool. Unfortunately, this is not something ready made but at least they are on the table and ready to be ordered. And who knows, if enough of you order or ask for them to be RTW, they just might consider it. Either way, I loved the color options here with your blues and greens […]