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Monthly Archive: May 2019

May 10, 2019

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The Unlined Collection by Carmina Shoemaker

I have always had mixed feelings when it comes to unlined shoes. Some make them look great as they look like normal shoes, others then make them overly deconstructed looking and that is what ruins it for me as it is just something that doesn’t sit right in my head for a dress shoe to look like a pancake. But Carmina Shoemaker of Mallorca, Spain is definitely one of those that have made a beautiful […]

May 9, 2019

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Handstitching the Upper

All photos and process courtesy of Japanese Bespoke Shoemaker, Eiji Murata aka Main D’or. Hand-stitching an upper is no easy feat. When you look at the pictures it probably seems easy. But allow me to tell you that it is tough and mainly for the precision involved. The smallest error can result in cracking leather or crooked stitching and the shoe is pretty much ruined when that happens as there is no correcting it. But […]

May 7, 2019

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A Guide to Leather

There are many different types of leathers that are used on footwear these days. And many different styles to the same type of leather so allow me to break down the most common options and tell you a bit about each, sharing what their plus and minuses, myths and all of the other opinions I might have on each. Calfskin – Saying calfskin is like saying the word ‘car.’ It’s the general type of leather […]

May 6, 2019

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The New Dress Shoe – Paul Parkman

The world of shoes and what men wear has drastically changed in recent times. It actually started like 10-15 years ago but has recently taken full on effect in the past few years and today is miles different to what once was. Sometimes I ask myself if I was apart of this? The Shoe Snob Blog is/was the largest dress shoe blog in the world at one point. It might just still be but people […]

May 3, 2019

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The Allen Edmonds Brogue

I am not going to say that Allen Edmonds is my favorite brand but I have always liked the way they do their brogued oxfords. Something about them always stood out for me. Trying to thinking about it now, it would appear that there are a couple of things that I notice that differentiate them from others: 1. They use double stitching around the brogueing. This feature here is probably the one that really helps […]

May 2, 2019

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The Green Sock – Takes You a Long Way

All photos courtesy of Mes Chaussettes Rouges The 3 socks I predominantly wear are black, navy and green. Most might find that strange. The obvious 3rd choice for 90% of men is probably grey. But truth be told, I think that the green sock actually complements more outfits (without being ostentatious) almost as much as navy does. When it comes to leather colors found on shoes that are the stardard form of dress, there are […]