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January 11, 2021

New Models by Norman Vilalta

Norman Vilalta has been working hard on creating one of the most beautiful and unique collections around. His styles always have small ‘twists by Norman’, his coloring is always with a touch of patina but not ostentatious, and his combinations of soles to certain models are always intriguing. Norman’s shoes and style are most certainly uniquely his. I always enjoy seeing what he comes up with and Facebook is not shy of showing me that […]

January 8, 2021

Carmina – Winter Sale Now Live

I will keep it short and sweet. Carmina Shoemaker just started their Winter Sale and have a ton of very cool models at 25% off. Discounts take place at checkout. The issue is that the shoes go quickly so make sure to hurry up and check to see if your size is available in the pair(s) you like! See a fraction here of what they are selling. There are so many more on offer. Happy […]

January 7, 2021

Meermin Makeover by Hancore Patina

With great cobblers and amazing patina artists, no shoes are lost. These pictures are proof of that. With an error created on a pair of Meermin wholecuts, which resulted in a hole in the leather and stripping of the museum calf, most people might have had their heart sink to their stomach. But with the help of Greg Park, aka Hancore, who resides in NYC sharing a shop with my brand, the shoes were just […]

Price Points & What You Get In Return

Warning: Long, educational post. With the rise of online interaction between regular people comes a rise of misinformation by so-called “experts” i.e. people who own a few shoes and think they know best because they own a few shoes. I used to be one of those people too, when starting this blog, having worked in a shoe store and having owned a few. Little did I know that I didn’t really know shit. It wasn’t […]

December 4, 2020

TLB Mallorca – Main Line Review

A few months back, I did a review of the very popular Artista Line by TLB Mallorca and promised a follow-up on their mainline and here it is! As I had also mentioned, TLB Mallorca has come out gun’s blazin’ in the last few years and built quite a name for themselves as one of the best Spanish shoemakers of modern-day times. And when you see and feel their shoes, you realize that this reputation […]

October 16, 2020

Shoe Review: TLB Mallorca ‘Artista’

For those that do not know, TLB Mallorca is one of the newer brands hailing from Spain but unlike the countless ones made by other factories, TLB is actually its own brand and factory. Started by Antonio Barceló, whose upbringing in the shoe industry started at a young age but blossomed as one of the owners of Yanko (another one of the great brands of Mallorca), before deciding to have a run at his very […]

October 13, 2020

New Shoes on the Marketplace – Oct. 2020

There a lot of new shoes on The Marketplace since I last posted about this. In fact, shoes are going up regularly and it is hard to keep up with them all. As usual, I like to highlight some of the ones that catch my eye. Here is a small representation of some of the cool ones available, at great prices at that. The highlighted Allen Edmonds is pretty close to new for only over […]

October 7, 2020

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Carmina Custom Weekend – NO MTO FEES!

Carmina’s “Custom Weekend” started today and what that means is that you can customize your Carmina shoes at the price of RTW. There are no MTO fees from today until the 12th. So now is your chance to start creating unique pieces that you have had on your mind. Carmina has started offering this twice a year and it is great to see what people come up with. Shown here is just a fraction of […]

August 26, 2020

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Norman Vilalta Crushing The Shoe Game

Norman has a great series of imagery for his latest collections of shoes. And these shots and shoes, more importantly, are mind-blowing. I particularly like the featured balmoral which at first glance looks like a common oxford but then when looking more deeply at it, shows Norman’s great attention to detail in the small, subtle design changes that he makes to really separate his brand. This is just what I like though but not really […]

July 21, 2020

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Carmina’s New Driving Loafer Range

In day where casual is overtaking dress style Carmina has gone on board with that idea and launched their own driving loafer range. It surprises me that it actually took them this long to do so. Being a complete shoemaker, I would have thought they would have started one ages ago. But its never too late so it is nice to see them starting now rather than never. And man, are they nice! The collection […]