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Yearly Archive: 2020

August 10, 2020

The Best Shoemaker in the World

Doesn’t Exist… So, now you are thinking, ‘wait, what?’ Doesn’t exist? What does that mean? Well, it means that this slogan can only apply to you and your opinion. No one person can label the best shoemaker in the world as the idea of what makes a shoemaker good is completely subjective. Let’s take a look at the things that make up a good shoemaker, point by point, and dissect how everything can be interpreted […]

August 6, 2020

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A Dress Shoe Guide for Noobs

I feel like many dress shoe noobs have a lot of unrealistic expectations when it comes to stepping into their first decent pair of dress shoes and am hoping to help shed some light on the often misconceptions I see in the online world being discussed. So here goes: 1. Leather Creases. Get used to it. If it is not creasing its not real leather. There is no such thing as crease free leather. And […]

August 3, 2020

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Shoe Trees for All of Your Shoes

I saw this photo, by Dan Jones of Facebook, and it made me chuckle, one because the caption was great and two, because it reminded me about my time at Nordstrom and how they used to want us to sell a pair of shoe trees with every single shoe purchase. Not just dress shoe purchases, but EVERY shoe purchase. So if they guy was coming in to buy a pair of Merrell’s, you know that […]

July 27, 2020

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Galway Fans – Meet Welt & Barrel

If you are an Edward Green lover you are going to have your jaw dropped by the collection of footwear that Mr. Welt & Barrel has on his IG page. Calling it impressive doesn’t even scratch the surface. It’s mind-blowingly cool with a variety of styles and colors and models that would leave any snob like me in awe of such achievement. But today lets focus on his Galway collection. I think that I got […]

July 23, 2020

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Crockett & Jones – New Driving Loafer Range

It would appear that 2020 is the year that the more famous GY welted shoemakers drop/update their Driving Loafer line, after previously never having one or giving it a massive revamp, most likely due to the fact that driving loafers by nature are not Goodyear welted, hence it never being focused on. Carmina just recently dropped theirs and I covered it on Tuesday and now, here is the covering of the new line by famous […]

July 21, 2020

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Carmina’s New Driving Loafer Range

In day where casual is overtaking dress style Carmina has gone on board with that idea and launched their own driving loafer range. It surprises me that it actually took them this long to do so. Being a complete shoemaker, I would have thought they would have started one ages ago. But its never too late so it is nice to see them starting now rather than never. And man, are they nice! The collection […]

July 20, 2020

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Bedo’s Leatherworks – Handwelted Spade Soles

While factory shoemakers in America remain in a constant state of relevance (or lack thereof in my book) in the shoe industry, shoe repairmen in the US are going to the next level of greatness as they strive to offer recraft services that are better than our local shoemakers (factory makers). Steve Doudaklian, of Bedo’s Leatherworks, proves that here as he hand-welts a pair of spade soles onto a brand new pair of Vass shoes. […]

July 17, 2020

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July 16, 2020

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Shrunken Grain Series by Frank Clegg

I have been a huge fan of Frank Clegg’s work for a while now and have really been appreciating my travel duffle bags that I have, one in suede and the other in the shrunken grain. And while, travel has not so much been permitted as of late, I still get a lot of use out of it from short distance travel, especially for carrying shoes back from forth from my house to the shop, […]

July 14, 2020

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The Deckchair Sock by Mes Chaussettes Rouges

The Deckchair sock by Bresciani, sold by Mes Chaussettes Rouges just might be my all-time favorite sock, especially for the Summer season. At least for the colorway that I own. When I got my pair, they only had this light blue/white combination (as shown below) and I immediately found myself attracted to it even though I only saw it as a ‘once in a while’ sock. But since owning it, I have worn it more […]