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June 29, 2020

Industry Secrets Part 1: ‘Handmade’ is a Lie

  Pictures in post represent what actual handmade shoes look like. The thing about me is that I believe lying is the most dangerous weaponry there is. It can fool millions, deceive entire groups of people, and lead many to have a perception that is built on falsehood. 90% of brands that claim their shoes are handmade are a part of that great deception. Your shoes are not handmade. Yet that is what they want […]

June 11, 2020

Brand Name/History Shouldn’t Dictate Price

I have been posting a lot of the shoes from the new (relatively) brands coming out of China specifically Yim Shoemaker, Acme Shoemaker and the house line of Yeossal, as I have been thoroughly impressed with their work and have noticed a theme among some commenters that I wanted to address. I believe that the idea of their train of thought is ultimately a concept that hurts the shoe industry as a whole and actually […]

May 27, 2020

Acme Shoemaker – Most Anticipated Brand of 2020

A lot of shoe greatness has been coming out of China and despite what you might feel about that country right now, setting aside personal biases, no one can take away the fact that they have some great shoemakers popping out of the woodworks. My favorite one, in such a short period of time, is the newest brand (at least by IG page status) is Acme Shoemaker of Beijing. I only recently discovered them (when […]

May 5, 2020

Winson Shoemaker – Next Level Craftsmanship from Indonesia

Indonesian shoemaker, Winson Shoemaker, has recently blown my mind with one of his latest pairs made for a prominent IG shoe aficionado @thatguysshoes . I was blown away when I saw this, not only for the beauty and craftsmanship of them but for the fact that it proves that with passion, persistence and belief in one’s self anyone on this wonderful planet can become what they wish to. In this case, the owner of Winson, […]

April 20, 2020

Acme Shoemaker – New Maker on the Block

There is a new Chinese shoemaker from Beijing that is coming out with some very elegant shoes. I just recently discovered them on Instagram and was blown away by the brown balmoral oxford highlighted above. They are very elegant and look very well made. Apparently, their shoes are completely handmade and they offer bespoke, made to order and are working on their RTW collection that is soon coming. I look forward to seeing how they […]

April 1, 2020

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Full Brogue Double Monks

I have always loved a double monk that was fully brogued. It adds a unique look to the now so common cap toe version that you see almost as prevalent as oxfords. Even better would be a suede version. I think I would give a lot of use to that. It just seems so versatile This version, by Chinese shoemaker Gordon Jimjun (IG), is perfectly balanced. Edward Green has a similar model but I always […]

February 24, 2020

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Next Level Chukka Monkstrap Boots – Atelier Zakarian

Russian shoemaker Atelier Zakarian is creating some very unique designs. His entry to last years World Championship of Bespoke Shoemaking was one of the more impressive shoes among the sort. And now discovering this chukka, and seeing that he is pushing himself to be better, now I am really looking forward to seeing what he sends in this year. This is easily one of the most elegant and coolest chukka style boots I have ever […]

July 31, 2019

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His & Hers Patina Loafers by Vietnamese Shoemaker Thanh Le

It’s nice to see when inspiration has been used to create something of passion. This style of loafer I have only ever seen once in my life and it was originally created by Magnanni and I wrote about it HERE. It would appear that Vietnamese Shoemaker Thanh Le saw this too and decided to make him and his lady a pair, which I find quite romantic! And I like what he did with it, fading […]

September 24, 2018

Patrick Frei Bespoke Oxfords

In case you haven’t yet heard of him, Patrick Frei is the most exciting thing in bespoke footwear at the present moment. I have yet to do a major post on him because truth be told, time is just a luxury that I have little of these days but I won’t go too much longer without telling the backstory to this interesting individual who makes exquisite shoes. One of his latest creations is this intricate […]

August 6, 2018

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Castez Ermili – Mexican Shoemaker

Mexican Shoemaker Castez Ermili has created something that I have yet to see and find it very intriguing, even more so, very beautiful! A cross breed between a balmoral and button boot, this hybrid boot gives the best of all worlds. Its feel is extremely Victorian, an era that I love for the elegance that was expressed in men’s attire, particularly in the footwear department. Boots were rampant and button and balmoral boots were the […]