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Monthly Archive: October 2019

October 30, 2019

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Altan Bottier – Reaching New Heights of Design

I have really been impressed with French shoemaker Altan as of late, but that admiration came to a whole new level when I saw their latest creation, the Kubilaï Winter Boot with St. Moritz sole. They showed me that not only can they master patina but now that they have also masteres design with this new, incredibly unique and original Winter Boot. This is one of the coolest boots I have seen in a while. […]

October 29, 2019

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Price Drop + More Pairs Added – My Personal Shoes for Sale

I have added to The Marketplace my last bit of shoes in my personal collection that I have for sale. I have also given a price drop to the existing ones there. All of these shoes come with some sort of shoe tree and most of them with toe taps. These will go quickly so do not hesitate to grab one or more! Sizes: UK6.5/UK7 — US7.5 / US8 Prices: Between $150-$200 Happy Shopping Justin […]

October 28, 2019

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Fur Lined boots by Meermin

I never understood how important fur lined boots were until I moved to NYC and nearly froze my feet off. Living in mild climates one doesn’t understand just how cold it can get and what that does to our body. If the feet are cold the rest of the body cannot be comfortable and I realized this real quick during my first winter in NYC. Prior to this I was never a fan of a […]

October 25, 2019

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What I am Wearing – Boots

For those that don’t already know, I am a boot guy. So bad in fact that I recently had to drastically downscale my collection as prior to selling off a ton of my personal stock holding, the boot side of my wardrobe alone was around 60 pairs. If it didnt get so hot here in NYC and physical space came cheap, I would wear them all year ’round. So you can imagine that I love […]

October 24, 2019

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Contrast Soles

Steven Taffel of Leffot recently received his new pair of Hiro Yanagimachi chukkas boots and was kind enough to share it with the world and I am glad that he did. I was blown away by the beauty of this pair of chukkas. I have seen that brick colored sole before but mainly in that Dainite version. It is not common on a leather sole as it is a unique dye that needs to be […]

October 23, 2019

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Norman Vilalta’s Latest Models

I had a nice, quick visit with my good friend Norman Vilalta the other day as he was showcasing at Leffot of NYC. Each time I see his collection, I am more and more impressed with not only the quality, but the colors, the designs, and the overall amazing beauty they have. And I tell you that these photos do not do them justice at all. I love Norman’s style as truth be told, it […]

October 22, 2019

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Yeossal’s MTO Program

Singaporean Brand, Yeossal, has come out causing a storm in the Menswear Industry. In a day that is saturated with far too many internet brands popping out of nowhere thanks to Instragam, only to be doing what 20 other brands have already done, finally, there is someone out here really standing out in both shoes and clothing offering competitively priced products that are knocking style out of the park! I, personally, have been very impressed […]

October 21, 2019

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Oro Los Angeles – Boots Done Differently

There is a new (relatively) boot company based in LA making some interesting pieces of footwear and their name is Oro. For those that do not know, that means ‘gold’ in Spanish. They have been on my radar for a while now but seeing this jodhpur put my interest into something greater than just curiosity. Here are the specs: 1. Price ranges from $325 to about $450 with a few boots in exotic leather or […]

October 18, 2019

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Andante Shoemaker Impresses

I have always loved an apron loafer that has a separate piece/material for the apron in contrast to the surrounding leather. The first time I ever encountered one so beautiful was back in London, on Savile Row to be exact, in 2012. I was coming out of bepsoke tailor, Chittleborough and Morgan, saying hello to my friend Joe Morgan, when I noticed Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones coming in to enter C&M with a […]

October 17, 2019

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Rainy Day? Wear Suede

There is a reason why you should wear good suede. And that reason is that it handles rain better anything else. Now when I say this, I am talking about suedes darker than Snuff suede because any sand-like color suede, or lighter, cannot withstand the rain mainly for the dirt that comes along with those wet days. And that simple fact about light suede is what has most likely given suede a bad rep. But […]