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July 17, 2020

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July 6, 2020

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New Brand Alert – Passus

Rezső Kuti, who is a personal friend, and longtime shoe industry worker in Hungary (worked for Vass for a while) finally decided to make a run at his own project after having worked for many others during his time in the industry. Wanting to give the industry another Handmade option to choose from, he created Passus and is well on his way to being the next industry player. The brand boasts completely handmade shoes, which […]

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 25, 2020

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New Belgian Loafer Style by Löf & Tung

Löf and Tung has beat me to the punch! Haha. I have been thinking about doing my own welted version of the famous Belgian loafer style but it looks like the great Swedish brand has come first to market and its about time someone did (someone in the more ‘affordable’ range – as G&G is not exactly afforded by all). Its great looking too. Not yet available for RTW but I believe that you can […]

June 8, 2020

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New Brand: Aurélien – Smart Luxury

There is a new European brand on the scene that is making what looks to be a very good alternative to the high-end (read expensive) smart casual scene that we have seen conquered by Brunello Cucinelli and the other well know Italian Brands. Their name is Aurélien (very nice name by the way). Their whole marketing strategy is interesting to me. They have a coined term called ‘Smart Luxury’ which they claim is “Exceptional quality. […]

May 1, 2020

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – Sample Sale 2020 Now Live!

  Sample Sale 2020 Now Live! Right before the world shut down due to the current situation, J.FitzPatrick Footwear received a ton of Sample Sale stock that we had intended to ‘open’ our new shop in NYC with, as nothing draws a crowd like a sample sale does. Alas, that ‘opening’ did not happen in the time nor manner in which we had planned so decided it was best to simply launch it online as […]

April 17, 2020

A Butterfly Loafer Done Differently

The Butterfly loafer has come a long way from its home of London Shoemakers to the world stage, being now offered by Italian, Indian, American, French shoemakers. And even more British makers are having a run at it. Crockett & Jones, the leading British shoemaker in my opinion, finally decided to launch their own version after having made the model for other British shoe brands for the past 40 years. Its gaining ground and in […]

April 10, 2020

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SuitSupply Outlet – Rock Bottom Prices!

  SuitSupply’s new Outlet sale just launched!! There are some incredible prices on all forms of menswear that they offer. Sneakers down to $54 Regular shoes on average around $125 Cashmere coats from $360 Suits from $250 http://www.suitsupply.com/outlet Password: BIGOUTLET This sale is expected to last for less than one week so hurry while supplies/sale lasts  

A Shoe’s Sole – A Form of Expression of Self

A sole is a shoemaker’s blank canvas. A part of the shoe that they can truly express themselves. While uppers are somewhat ‘standardized’, in the sense that there are expectations of what they need to be/look like, the sole is the part where creativity can run wild and a shoemaker can truly show their talents on their blank canvas of art. As a blogger and an advocate of shoes, it is often that we just […]

March 28, 2020

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J.FitzPatrick Boots drop to 30% Off

J.FitzPatrick Footwear has marked down their Core Boot collection to 30% off for the last days of March. Come April 1st the prices will go back up Don’t miss this opportunity to grab your first pair of JF Boots or your 4th 🙂 A great weekend to everyone!   www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com