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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. […]

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 […]

February 26, 2020

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London Super Trunk Show 2020 – Brand Showcase #1: Altan Bottier

The 1st shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2020 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that in 2019 they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of Paris. They were supposed to come to the show last year but unfortunately due to strikes in the […]

February 12, 2020

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London Super Trunk Show 2020

IMPORTANT NOTE – NEW DATE! Postponed to May 8th, 2021 to the coronavirus situation. Please read updated post HERE. This current post is no longer valid We are happy to once again invite you all to the world’s largest open event for classic shoes, the London Super Trunk Show, organized by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob. On Saturday, October 10th (NEW DATE), in the middle of London on 12 Regent Street, we gather more than […]

December 9, 2019

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Altan Bottier – Kubilaï Patina Now Available

In light of the grand popularity of the original Kubilaï winter hybrid boot by Altan Bottier, they have released a new, patina option version where you can now customize how you want yours to look. The standard offering is 7 colorways but they also have a special button that allows for you to realize your own patina. With consultation of course. I have been impressed with Altan for awhile now and they seem to keep […]

November 18, 2019

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My Autumn Wear – Boots and Rollnecks

Autumn is an interesting season in NYC. You can have weather from as beautiful as the low 60’s and sunny to freezing cold, wet and windy down to below 30. Sometimes that can even happen from one day to the next. It makes picking your clothes a special job in itself as if you don’t read that forecast carefully you could find yourself in a world of pain with the cold! Autumn is my favorite […]

November 7, 2019

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Video Unboxing Series – Altan Bottier

 Here is the first of my video Unboxing Series, featuring Altan Bottier of Paris. I hope that you all enjoy it. Stay tuned for the write up on these boots later Sincerely, -Justin FitzPatrick www.altan-bottier.com

October 30, 2019

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Altan Bottier – Reaching New Heights of Design

I have really been impressed with French shoemaker Altan as of late, but that admiration came to a whole new level when I saw their latest creation, the Kubilaï Winter Boot with St. Moritz sole. They showed me that not only can they master patina but now that they have also masteres design with this new, incredibly unique and original Winter Boot. This is one of the coolest boots I have seen in a while. […]