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Austro-Hungarian shoemakers Archive

October 7, 2014

The Apron Derby Boot

The handstitch apron toe seems to be coming back in trend and I must say that I am quite pleased by it. When I was younger (not that I am old!), I had a love/hate relationship with apron toed shoes. I mean, the Italians have always done them well, and when they are done well, they look amazing. But the opposite also rings true. When an apron stitch doesn’t suit the last or follow the […]

January 16, 2014

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The Simple Boot by VASS

I have been really really getting into boots as of late. I mean, far worse than I already was if you can believe that. The more that I see them the more that I want them, all styles included too; from balmoral boots, to spat boots, to derby Boots and all the lovely chukka boots. Doing a count in my head, I just realized that I now own 8 boots (after literally just giving one […]

November 19, 2013

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Some Serious Brogues!

  I have always liked a nice brogue, even a bit of a heavy one. I don’t really own the heavy ones but have always appreciated their appeal as stompers that could last you the rest of your life and look nice underneath a pair of jeans. And I don’t think that anyone does a proper heavy brogue better than those of the Austrian/Hungarian block. George Materna in particular, as shown in this post, can […]