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March 4, 2019

Unique Model by Yohei Fukada

  Yohei Fukuda never ceases to amaze not only with elegant shoes, amazing craftsmanship but now even in shoe design where he takes it to the next level with this cross between a monkstrap and a button shoe. I have never seen anything quite like it. It has 3 things going on. The cut/shape of a French style 1/2 eyelet derby but then has that sweeping like monkstrap bit of leather while topping it all off […]

February 27, 2019

Green Shoes – Trend or ‘The Future’?

We have a special guest post today, written by my colleague Ché, all about the idea of green in footwear.  We have seen a lot of it lately. Is it here to stay? Is it a trend? Let’s discuss…. –Justin Ever consider dark green as an alternative to your black shoes? Might I suggest this as an overlooked option…I know, I know…green sounds a bit wild. A deep, rich green will be understated. At first glance, […]

February 25, 2019

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #4 — BOLERO SHOEMAKER

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE Tomoyuki Watanabe got his start by training in shoemaking under a Japanese master shoemaker with 50 years of experience, and seven years ago he started his own brand Bolero Shoemaker. His style of shoes is very classic with well-balanced last shapes, mainly aniline leathers and traditional styles. But lately I have seen him throw in a few twists in there which I have very […]

The Great Shoe Circle

I think that this takes the cake for the greatest shoe circle that I have ever seen. It certainly isn’t the most impressive shoe collection (not to say it is not impressive but I have seen some that span upwards of 250 pairs) but it certainly is the best presented circle of shoes I have ever seen, not only for what the shoes are being a mix of literally every type of model (except button […]

January 31, 2019

The Boot of all Boots! — TYE Shoemaker

I think that I will flat out and say that TYE shoemaker of Japan is probably making the most interesting and amazing shoes at the moment. Not only is the quality of the shoemaking beyond phenomenal (read that as perfect) but the level of design and pattern making is next level. I mean, the design of this adelaide-like oxford boot with a hovering apron stitch is simply mind-blowing. And anyone that appreciates or understands pattern making […]

2019 London Super Trunk Show Invite

It’s a pleasure to introduce this year’s edition of the world’s largest open event for classic shoes, the London Super Trunk Show, organized by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob. On Saturday March 23, literally in the heart of London at a new venue on 12 Regent Street, we gather more than 10 brands from all over the world, interesting partners, and there will be the World Championships in Shoe Shining and for the first time […]

December 20, 2018

Unique Derby Design by TYE Shoemaker

I love to look at TYE Shoemaker’s Instagram account as I am pretty always pleasantly surprised to see new shoe ideas and designs. They don’t post often but when they post, it counts. Here is a new line to a derby pattern that I have never seen before. And one that actually makes me appreciate the derby, which is probably my least favorite shoe model. The way this new line flows from the derby facing […]

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 […]