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May 15, 2019

Salvatore Ferragamo Wholecut Oxfords – Gancini Line

We often forget that some of the brands that are now considered ‘designer’ brands started off as one of the greats and actually paved the way for many other brands to adapt to the making and follow suit. Ferragamo is one of those brands. While they make the majority of their money from blake stitched and/or glued footwear, the truth is that they can still make a very well made shoe. And that well-made shoe […]

April 23, 2019

The Patina Project – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

It’s been a long time since we have done a Patina collaboration. But now we are back at it and are excited about this new offer as it is different from what we have done before. In the past, we have worked with our friend Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care and while we will continue working with him in future projects, we have decided to try our other friend Chris Dillon of American Patina, […]

April 5, 2019

The Bit Loafer by J.FitzPatrick Footwear

  What we love to do at J.FitzPatrick Footwear is take classic shoe models and put our twist on them. So often have I loved the idea of something but didn’t like the execution of it. We have done this with Duck boots, Alpine boots, Button boots, and now we are doing it with the classic Horsebit loafer, popularized by Gucci in the 80’s. The Pike horsebit loafer is our version of the classic model that took the industry […]

March 28, 2019

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Löf & Tung – Rivera String Loafer in Fox Suede

The new string loafer by Löf & Tung is quite the stunner. Coming in 3 colorways, my favorite of them is the Fox suede as shown above. This shade of suede is absolutely stunning. It’s so rich and vibrant and when complemented by a natural sole with crude stitching presents the ultimate in Summer footwear. Löf & Tung seemed to have known this when creating this new loafer of theirs and I can imagine that sales are crushing […]

March 27, 2019

Yeossal – Scott’s V-Cap Oxford

As I was taking my time shining, take pictures, and leaving on the floor of my showroom the two pairs of handwelted oxfords from new Singaporean brand, Yeossal, I think that I got more compliments on their shoes than my own. People were always like ‘oh, those ARE nice! Can I buy those?’ And sadly, I was like, ‘No, you can’t with me, but with Yeossal you can!’ But it was one of those then and […]

March 20, 2019

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #10 – SKOLYX/TLB MALLORCA

  LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #10 – SKOLYX / TLB MALLORCA   The final exhibitor to highlight ahead of Saturday’s London Super Trunk Show is Skolyx/TLB Mallorca, who have shoes ranging from Skolyx affordable Spanish made welted shoes starting at £160, to the new TLB Mallorca Artista range with impressive specs for £365, which has its world premiere at the event. The Skolyx/TLB label sort of the exhibitor of one of […]

March 15, 2019

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #8 — JSEP

JSEP is the combination of 3 Japanese shoe brands: Oriental/Matsumoto, Miyagi Kogyo, and Kiten Ahead of the free-trade-agreement with EU, which is expected to be in place already in February, Japanese brands are introduced to the European market (with Brexit it’s still uncertain what happens in England with this, we’ll see, but the super trunk is held before). Jsep, Japan Shoes Export Platform, are introducing Oriental/Matsumoto, Miyagi Kogyo, and Kiten. They also attended last year and […]

March 13, 2019

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The Braided Shoe by Allen Edmonds

One thing I have always liked about Allen Edmonds was their boldness to do a lot of braided-leather shoes. From loafers to oxfords and even derbys, they always had braided options in ‘ol catalog. And even better still, they continue offering them to this day and that is what thing I love about this classic American company. The model above is apparently one of their new options added to one of their older models, the Strand. I […]

March 8, 2019

Going Bold for Friday Festivities – Baudoin & Lange

I don’t really dress as bold as I used to. Not sure if it’s laziness, that I am getting older and just don’t care anymore about much other than making my thought process less stressful so just resort to simple colors or the fact that my tastes are actually changing. I think the latter is probably the least likely as I still appreciate seeing men go bold, like our good friend Sanjay here of @windowstomysole […]

March 7, 2019

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #7 — Project TWLV

Project TWLV is a Swedish/Italian quality footwear brand in the midrange price segment, that focuses on Blake-Rapid stitched and Goodyear welted boots. The brand was founded by two people with extensive experience from the shoe industry’s more fashion-oriented sector. Wanting to branch out, they used their knowledge of the industry and contacts gained during there time in it to build their brand and quickly get it’s name widely spread.   Their boot range is vast, with […]