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August 1, 2016

Hand Welted/Stitched Cordovan Apron Derbys by Enrile

Spanish shoemaker, Enrile, does a great version of the hand-stitched apron. Enrile’s style of making is more towards that of the Austro-Hungarian style of proper robustly made shoes and while not personally being my favorite shoemaking style, I think that it really lays well with this type of model. Here you can see a few versions that he has done with both machine-stitch upper sewing as well as hand-stitched upper sewing. It’s not often you […]

July 16, 2014

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Santoni’s Goodyear Line

I have a love/hate relationship with Santoni. I don’t really hate them, they are actually very nice people who treated me very kindly when I went to visit their factory some years back. But I do love what they can do, which is what they do least of i.e. their Goodyear welted line. They seriously have the potential to be one of the greatest factories in Italy, doing shoes that stack up against any John […]

July 8, 2014

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Bi-Color Cordovan by Enrile

Usually I am not crazy about the split in color on a derby where the vamp/toe is one color and the quarter/counter is another. For some reason the difference between the colors splitting between top to bottom (like on a balmoral) is so much more pleasing to my eye in comparison to the colors splitting from left to right. I don’t know why this is but it is. This model by Spanish shoemaker Enrile took […]

February 27, 2014

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A Fringe done Differently by George Cleverley

As I have said before, I always enjoy seeing new ways of executing existing ideas and usually the shoes that are able to be modified and customized the most, are those that are bespoke. This George Cleverley model, made out of the famed Russian Reindeer leather from 1786 that never seems to run out, exemplifies doing something different to what those have done before. Usually you find fringes with the gimped effect (those jagged teeth […]