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Monthly Archive: December 2020

December 30, 2020

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Happy New Year

It’s been a heck of a year, to put it lightly. My only resolution for the New Year is that it is better than 2020, and not for me, but for everyone. I won’t dwell on the shortcomings of 2020 but will rather focus on what I am grateful for. Naturally, as you are reading this, I am grateful for you, my reader. In a day and age where people just want to scroll through […]

December 28, 2020

Elephant Boots by Alte Art – Next Level!

Well, there is a first for everything and this is the first elephant balmoral boot that I have ever seen. And man is it impressive! And it is no surprise from whom it comes from as these Japanese shoemakers are producing some of the most interesting pieces of art in today’s world, at least for my taste! And their name is Alte Art. Admittedly, I do not know a whole lot about them and their […]

December 21, 2020

Do Not Wear Brand New Shoes In The Rain

***Warning: I write direct, often crass, with lots of spelling and grammatical errors. I do not write this blog to become ‘an editor or great writer,’ I write it to share knowledge and am usually in a rush as I also run a shoe company that, to be honest, takes precedence in my life. If you like to take things personally, heed my warning before proceeding. One would think that it is common sense to […]

December 18, 2020

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Do Not Condition Brand New Shoes

I never understood why people do a full shoe shine regime on a brand new pair of shoes. I can understand wanting a cap shine but what goes on in the mind to apply conditioner? A conditioner is something that is used to rejuvenate leather. Brand new leather does not need rejuvenation. It needs break-in i.e. softening of the leather. Conditioners are often made concentrate and can actually do their own damage when used improperly. […]

Price Points & What You Get In Return

Warning: Long, educational post. With the rise of online interaction between regular people comes a rise of misinformation by so-called “experts” i.e. people who own a few shoes and think they know best because they own a few shoes. I used to be one of those people too, when starting this blog, having worked in a shoe store and having owned a few. Little did I know that I didn’t really know shit. It wasn’t […]

December 14, 2020

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JF Line by J.FitzPatrick – 3 for 2!

For the month of December, J.FitzPatrick Footwear is offering an exclusive deal on their new JF Line. Built for an entry level pricepoint and look, with classic models in classic color offerings the JF line presents itself as the perfect option for the newbie to welted shoes and/or the man who gravitates to the classics. With prices starting at $255, you can get three pairs of shoes for as low as $510. If you can […]

December 9, 2020

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Boot Progression by Hiro Yanagimachi

I have been a fan of Hiro Yanagimachi ever since they first came out on the scene of Instagram, way back when. And since then, it has been a pleasant stocking of their brand and progress. One thing I like about Instagram is how you can see a brands’ essence gets shaped and/or adapts to the times, with each passing week and blocks of 3 images. In this case, the essence of Hiro Yanagimachi is […]

December 7, 2020

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Septieme Largeur – A/W2020 Line Up

Septieme Largeur has made a very congruent collection this year. A common theme can be easily seen: ‘it’s all about the soles.’ From commando soles to double-dainite with storm-welts, this collection was clearly made for durability and the withstanding of the elements. It is a theme that apparently the whole industry felt in tune with this year, the year we will all never forget. And it makes sense. A hard year needs hard-wearing shoes. And […]

December 4, 2020

TLB Mallorca – Main Line Review

A few months back, I did a review of the very popular Artista Line by TLB Mallorca and promised a follow-up on their mainline and here it is! As I had also mentioned, TLB Mallorca has come out gun’s blazin’ in the last few years and built quite a name for themselves as one of the best Spanish shoemakers of modern-day times. And when you see and feel their shoes, you realize that this reputation […]

December 2, 2020

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Vintage Cole Haan’s – Circa 1930

It is curious to see just how different some shoe brands were nearly 100 years ago to what they are today. Being that the world has changed vastly it is no surprise that not one brand is making the same quality as before. The closest would be Crockett & Jones/Edward Green etc, but even they were completely handmade (or at least close to it) back then as opposed to the bench/hand grade production now done […]