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December 15, 2016

Dandy Shoe Care Sells Patina’d Ed Et Al Loafer

  For one of you lucky people who wears a UK10/US11, you will be pleased to know that this brand new pair of Ed Et Al Amoy Quee II loafers is up for sale with a very beautiful and original patina to it, given by none other than Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care. The price of it is €380 plus shipping and if you are interested you will need to directly contact Alexander himself […]

June 13, 2016

Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care – Interview

In an effort to get the blog back to its roots of truly feeding the readers the knowledge that they are yearning for, I had the idea to get back into doing interviews. With the help of my colleague Stacey who gave me the idea to dive into the world of patina, we are kicking off this interview series with none other than Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care. He just had his birthday last […]

June 23, 2014

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The Pitti Experience

After all of these years pouring over the countless pictures of Pitti Uomo that one finds spread across the internet come June and January, I finally decided to join the festivities by taking part in the peacock fest that Pitti has recently become. And I have to say, it was quite interesting. I won’t lie, I used to turn my nose up at the thought of everybody dressing up to out-do each other and then […]

February 19, 2014

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Patinas in the House by Dandy Shoe Care

Dear Readers, I am currently at my factory with not a lot of time to write but wanted to get something out for all of you, so please feast your eyes on some of the beautiful creations that Mr. Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care is able to achieve with a bit of dye, passion and creativity! Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

September 20, 2013

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Alexander The Great!! Patina Extraordinaire!

  Handing in your existing shoes and getting back something completely different is a good feeling. A feeling that I am sure that Mr. Alexander Nurulaeff, of Dandy Shoe Care, provides to many many people throughout the year. Recently I found myself not wearing a pair of my Ed Et Al ‘Amoy Quay’ loafers, a pair that I absolutely love, but originally done in a color that is not so suitable for London weather, nor […]

July 1, 2013

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What a Bit of Polish Can Do

While there is a limit to what polish can do in terms of extreme renovation, you would be pleasantly surprised to the extent of what it can do when used thoroughly on a good leather. The other week, I was brought a pair of shoes that needed more than just a little bit of love. I almost felt that my polish was not going to be enough to really turn the shoes around, but luckily […]

May 3, 2013

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The Beauty of a Patina

The beauty of leather is the fact that it can be altered, not only in color (through dye) but also in depth (through shine). Color (aka dye) and polish can transform a shoe beyond most people’s imaginations. A shoe that would otherwise look like a boring and dull model can ultimately be made to look like the greatest thing ever with a bit of creativity through the imagination of a brilliant patina artist. Such creativity […]

October 31, 2012

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Some More Patina Greatness….More Art Than Shoe!

There aren’t many shoes that I would be afraid to wear, but in the case of this model above (by Corthay), I think that I would just might have to leave it sitting in a glass case, for fear of ever ruining that amazing patina. And while many of the more practical people in the world, may look at this and think, “who the f*** would wear that?”, I am thinking, “Who the in […]

August 30, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Camouflage Patina by Alexander Nurulaeff

Camouflage has been quite popular as of lately, particularly in dress casual footwear. I have never really been a huge fan of it myself, nor the idea of wearing it, but that has never stopped me from appreciating it, particularly when it’s done in a manner such as this one here by Mr. Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care. The pink tongue addition was a nice touch that I think helps to separate it from […]