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Monthly Archive: February 2018

February 12, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show – World Championship Shoe Shining Qualification

At the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, there we will host the World Championships in Shoe Shining, in collaboration with Saphir, where three finalists will have 20 minutes to polish a shoe as beautiful as possible. This competition is open for both amateurs and professionals, and now we open the qualification for the final, whereby you send in a picture of a well-polished pair of shoes for us to pick the qualifiers. The championship takes […]

February 9, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Brand Highlight #1 – Clematis Ginza

To preface this post with what is the London Super Trunk Show 2018, please CLICK HERE Clematis Ginza is the well-respected Japanese brand composed of shoemaker Keitaro Takano, together with the closer Chemi Chiba. What separates Takano from many of his European-Trained colleagues in the Japanese bespoke shoe industry is the fact that his background comes from training in a small Japanese bespoke shoe school that has long existed and thus makes his shoes to stand out […]

February 7, 2018

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My Story — The 5 Year Plan…..The First Two

  My father was an entrepreneur and a complete salesman. He could talk to anyone at any time about anything. But he didn’t believe in school, not the brick and mortar ones but rather the school of life and the ideology of ‘Just go out and do it’…….“Just go make it happen Justin, don’t make excuses,” he would often tell me. He dropped out of high school at 17, waited tables and bartended for 15 […]

February 5, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018   We are very happy to once again invite you to the world’s largest open event for classic shoes, the London Super Trunk Show, organized by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob. In the middle of London on Saturday, April 7 we gather more than 10 brands from all over the world, some interesting partners, and there will be the World Championships in Shoe Shining, and the first World Championships in […]

Norman Vilalta – New Handmade ‘1202 Heritage Collection’

It’s always great to see creativity at work and to see what people are coming up with, in this ever-changing world of shoes. One of the latest and greatest to arrive to the industry is Norman Vilalta’s new completely handmade shoe collection, the ‘1202 Heritage.’ Fusing his bespoke shoemaking background with a semi Ready Made product for you to buy at the drop of a dime is Norman’s latest idea to give people the best of […]

February 1, 2018

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My Story — The Early Years…..The Foundation

It’s a been a long time since I updated the story of my journey in the shoe industry so thought that I would get back onto that but do so much more in depth as I believe and hope that my story is interesting and can inspire many people. I hope that you all enjoy. This is the first post of many so stay tuned! -Justin Fundamentally, I believe that anyone can be anything that […]