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Fusion Cowboy Boots – The Modern Trend

Using the traditional Cowboy boot features but blending modern design details to the boots seems to be all of the rage these days as I am starting to see more and more makers getting on board with it. Bestetti having a history in bootmaking as his first dive in handmade footwear, is starting to come stronger and stronger with RTW versions of his old craft. And it’s great, as I think that sometimes traditional makers […]

October 24, 2018

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Gladiator Boots by Taft

I have never seen a pair in person but I am quite fond of what American Boot company, Taft, have been coming out with design-wise. Most things are quite unique. I won’t lie and say that I like it all as there are some not so amazing things in the collection and we all know that I hate the word ‘handmade’ on a shoe site (that are clearly made in a factory) but I at […]

March 27, 2018

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TAFT – Braided Boots

Braided shoes/boots/loafers etc are going to make a return, mark my word. More and more brands are bringing them out and for good reason too. A braided pair of shoes done right is very elegant. But so is the opposite. Done wrong and you can get some very disgusting looking footwear. Just think of Mezlan in their heyday making every monstrosity imaginable. And that’s the tricky thing about braided shoes. They have to be done right. […]

October 18, 2017

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Very Interesting Double Monk by Cobbler Union

It is often refreshing to see double monks done differently as, to be honest, I am quite over the classic double monkstrap that simply swoops from one side to the next in one, large flap. Seeing new ways to design the straps is always interesting as you can see the creative juices flowing in the mind of the designer. Pattern making is a challenging thing and sometimes also limiting to a designer as what you […]

August 18, 2017

Leffot ‘Pre-Owned Program’ – New Way of Recycling Shoes

It’s a new day and age in the retail shoe world, for Leffot has started something that no one else has before and it is quite interesting, to say the least. That being, in the ever-evolving world of retail and the online monster that we call reality, one needs to always stay on top of new ideas to stay afloat as there are always companies out there with great ideas that will make you look […]

January 9, 2017

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Taft Boots – Something Unique

Like a broken record, I will repeat that it is always refreshing to see shoes/designs that are ‘different.’ And Taft shoes/boots are anything but the ‘norm.’ They offer a fresh, modern twist not only on the derby boot but even on their shoes, incorporating a lot of woven leather. And not only do they make a twist with their signature contrasted cap, but also do a lot of natural (or lighter colored) sole edgings which […]

November 17, 2016

The Elongated Norwegian Split Toe

In the split toe world, there are 3 types of constructions. There is the basic machine stitch split toe where you just see a small seam down the town (stitch on the inside), then there is the inverted hand stitch split toe (think Edward Green Dover), which is quite very popular among Italian brands and then you have the Norwegian split toe which is generally a hand stitched apron and split. Now within that realm […]

June 14, 2016

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Savile Row Style Part 1 – Drakes

Since it is a DEDICATED TO SHOES blog I am mostly going to accent that, but what I thought could be potentially interesting for the reader is a little dash of style and by style I mean outfits that people accompany their dress shoes with. I admit it is a little different from our usual direction, but hey! The secret of getting ahead is getting started. And so the adventure begins….. To kick it off […]

May 24, 2016

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Summertime Shoes by Awl & Sundry

  It has been awhile since I have written about Awl & Sundry (you can see my review of them HERE) and it would appear that a lot has changed since them, mainly how much they have appeared to have grown in terms of brand recognition, styles offered and probably most important for all of you, in price. I managed to come across this shoe and was amazed at how much I liked the combination. […]

December 28, 2015

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The Jean Boot of Jean Boots

I am not a crazy fan of Alden shoes like the cult following that they have but I do really like this boot as it is one of the best derby, brogue boots on the market. I feel that the whole point of this type of boot is to wear with denim and this one just ticks all of the boxes, for me, for passing perfection with flying colors. And it’s no wonder that every time […]