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September 14, 2020

Graziat Taipei – Mind Blowing Apron Derby Boots

Graziat Taipei is really doing some impressive work these days. Mind-blowing stuff in my opinion. Their shoemaking and design are quite different, quite intriguing and quite impeccable, at least from the pictures. I can only imagine that in person they are even better. I like that they have their own styling and details that you do not see elsewhere. These, for example, are the cornered angles on the soles, at the joints and tips. Not […]

September 2, 2020

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The Sharpest Derby I Have Seen

If you have read my blog for more than a year you probably know that I am not a huge fan of derby shoes. Something about them just doesn’t really appeal to me in the same way that oxfords and other dress styles do. But I say this as a dress shoe. I like them as more “casual” styles. But always found it weird when guys wore casual derbies with suits. It never sat right […]

August 24, 2020

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Yeossal Gears up for Autumn with new Boot Models!

The Singaporean atelier, Yeossal, who has mainly catered to attire for the Summer Season, as they are based in Singapore where it is never less than 80 degrees F with 90% humidity, has finally branched out and made some boots appealing to their worldwide customer. And I must say they are quite handsome boots indeed! While apparently not available yet (maybe PreOrder via email?), they have started teasing us on Instagram with some of their […]

Industry Secrets Part 2: Production Times

All of those videos you watch about there being 300 steps and shoes staying on lasts for 2 weeks to 30 days are not accurate. It’s like a fictional motion picture showing you something that could be real but is sensationalized to create theater. Frankly, I don’t know why they do it either? I always hated those videos that show you someone clicking by hand and then once the tape stops rolling they break out […]

June 24, 2020

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Txture of Indonesia – The Unboxing Video

 Here I unbox a pair of Txture boots, a shoe brand out of Indonesia doing great things for the Americana industry. Incredible value and craftsmanship. I was super impressed when I got them and look forward to getting them on the feet soon, once the NYC sun calms down. At around $200, I do not see a better value than this. Incredible stuff for sure. Make sure you check them out! https://txtureboots.com/

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 […]

June 10, 2020

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Fugashin Adelaide – Like No Other!

Vietnamese shoe producer (for their own brand as well as many other private label brands), Fugashin, has changed shoe design with this extremely unique adelaide oxford. So much so that if one wanted to get technical they could argue that this is not actually a real adelaide as the facing piece extends to the quarter and ultimately the counter, thus not actually being a separate piece as most adelaides are. Nevertheless, no matter what you […]

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 21, 2020

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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, […]