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November 12, 2018

The Medallion King – Hiro Yanagimachi

I love these photos by Hiro Yanagimachi where he shows his magic in these 3×3 grids. As you can guess from the above and below, I am particularly fond of the medallion ones as I have always had a fascination with medallions and seeing people’s creativity come out in them. Medallions are probably the hardest thing about shoemaking. Let me rephrase that. Medallions are probably the hardest thing in shoemaking for one to completely get right. […]

November 7, 2018

The Perfect Sole – Eiji Murata aka Main D’or

I am not going to lie and say that I am a sole fanatic but there is something special about a well-crafted sole. I love to look at them and appreciate the skill that went into it, as someone who has done them before, knows just how difficult it is to make the ‘perfect.’ Well Eiji Murata, aka Main D’or, makes them perfectly. The best that I have seen and that is no joke. They […]

October 2, 2018

The Adelaide Oxford – By Hiro Yanagimachi

I am really loving adelaides these days and I think that many others are too. I see them often on social media and find myself nearly always attracted to them. The details about separating the facing as its own piece and not something that follows the line of the quarter, really makes it more appealing for me. I have a pair classic cap toe oxfords, but if I am going to be honest, they are really […]

August 17, 2018

Hiro Yanagimachi Ghillie Boots

Hiro Yanagimachi never ceases to impress with his array of ghillie designs, most recently having come up with a ghillie brogued boot unlike ever seen before! It’s a gorgeous pattern and you can bet when wearing these people are going to give you the positive vibes as this is truly a one of a kind beauty. My only critique is the last choice. This might be my personal preference but on a boot, I tend […]

World Championships in Shoemaking — The Competition’s Shoe Entries Part 1.

  Post written by Jesper of Shoegazing Blog 30 black oxfords, made by shoemakers from all over the world. Here’s a substantial review of all the competition shoes that entered the World Championships in Shoemaking. Info, comments, pictures of the shoes and in some cases also the manufacturing process. Brace yourself, this is the largest post ever posted on this blog (and there’s been some really long ones, as many know), so large that it […]

April 19, 2018

What’s In Your Shoe Closet vs. What Should Be In Your Shoe Closet?

For those of you who are just getting into dress shoes a question that you may ask yourself is ‘What do I need to make a well-rounded wardrobe?’ And it is a valid question too as there are a lot of options out there and knowing exactly what to get can be quite daunting, like when I have to pick a cloth for a MTM suit. The more options and availability the harder it can […]

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 […]

November 16, 2017

TYE Shoemaker Braided Shoes

I have really been digging braided shoes lately so much so that I will introduce them into my shoe line in the very near future. But the best ones that I have ever seen are these ones by Japanese bespoke shoemaker, TYE. This pair is simply flawless, beyond flawless even. I love the braided topline piping that goes into the facing. I have never seen anything like that and think that it is a very […]