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September 18, 2020

Altan’s Norwegian Wholecuts – A New Trend?

I have been seeing a lot of Norwegian stitching lately, on several different brands but no one has shown it more than Altan Bottier, of Paris. With their skills in patina and specialization of making elegant wholecut oxfords, they have made a collection of Norwegian wholecuts in various colors and styles (dress vs ‘sport’). I never personally like the Norwegian stitch but like psychology would predict in successful marketing the more that you see something, […]

June 18, 2020

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Cashmere Nubuck Alligator Loafers – Altan

I was never a huge fan of exotic leather, not at least when the entire shoe was made of exotic leather. I liked when little snippets of the pattern had exotic leather. Like a facing, a vamp, or cap and counter etc. But entire exotic leather made shoes, for me, where a lot a swallow. But in recent years, this rise of suede exotic leather has risen and this I am a huge fan of. […]

May 11, 2020

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Point de Paris – New French Shoemakers

There are some new shoemakers in town and their name is Point de Paris. They have been a while on Instagram, building up their presence as their ecommerce site was being built. And now that it is done, it is time to share them to the world. Point de Paris consist of 4 friends who were big-time shoe aficionados that decided to undertake the grand gesture of starting their own line. With all of their […]

April 3, 2020

Exotic Chelseas by Altan Bottier

One of Altan Bottier’s specialties would apparently be the short chelsea boots. More specifically, chelsea boots in exotic leathers ranging from alligator, hippopotamus to elephant hide. And any color you want, it would also appear. While making things in alligator is no surprise nor anything special, to be honest, what I really liked is their hippopotamus range which I find unique and intriguing, especially as it appears that they get a natural “crust” version of […]

Altan Bespoke Sample Series – Archives Brought to Life

Altan Bottier, of Paris, France, just recently decided to use the current state of the world to introduce something new on their Instagram page. One positive thing about facing adversity is it often causes one to question their direction, and see if they can either improve or offer something new/different as a way to ‘think outside the box.’ And so, like most retailers are facing at the moment with the decline in orders, it would […]

March 20, 2020

More Teal Shoes in 2020 – The Next Big Color

Many years back when I was living in London, I visited the John Lobb shop on Jermyn st and found this awesome pair of double monks in dark teal suede. I was immediately enamored with this shoe and probably would have bought it if it was not 5x out of my budget. I had seen teal in patina prior to this shoe but never in an actual pre-dyed suede or leather color. I immediately thought […]

November 21, 2019

New Shoes on The Marketplace – Corthay’s at 40% off Retail

A very prestigious Atelier has started selling some of their odd’s and end’s stock on The Marketplace. They have decided to keep their true identity anonymous but have started by listing some of their Corthay models at quite a steep discount to what you find most Corthay shoes retailing for. And they are all brand new! The prices for the Corthay’s start at around $900 and offer Free Worldwide Shipping. For those of you in […]

A Breakdown of Shoe Pricing and What to Expect – Part 1

***Pics of shoes have nothing to do with the post, just for your eye candy*** There is a lot of confusion in the consumer’s eyes on what you should expect from a pair of shoes and I was hoping to clear that up for some of you as it is important to know what you will get from what you will pay for in a pair of shoes. So let’s break it down. I have […]

Going Green with Aubercy

Parisian shoemaker, Aubercy, makes a very awesome shade of green leather. One that they in fact, use a ton and that I love to see. It’s a very deep, dark Emerald like green that is more vivid than most green shades out there. You don’t often find so many box calf skins in green (pre-dyed in the tannery) so what you tend to find is it being dyed after the fact on a crust leather. […]

Sartorial Talks – The Best Shoe Brands of 2019 (Part 1)

   Hugo Jacomet, of Parisian Gentleman, does the world a great service here by listing some of the top shoe brands the world has to offer. In his Sartorial Talks series, he gets on ‘The Best Shoe Brands in 2019’ and was so kind enough to reference myself, the blog, and my shoe brand. Thank you Hugo!! If you haven’t heard of Hugo yet, which I probably doubt is the reality, then you must […]