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Balmoral oxfords Archive

October 3, 2019

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Stephane Jimenez Impresses as Usual

I have never been in love with black shoes. That is, plain black shoes. But I love an oxford that has a black calf/black suede combination. Something about it is infinitely more appealing than its more subtle cousin, the all black calf shoe. Bespoke shoemaker, Stephane Jimenez, hailing from France, proves this to us with one of his latest bespoke creations. This shoe is easily one of the more handsome black calf oxfords that I […]

August 8, 2019

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Berluti Impresses on the Bespoke Side

Following yesterday’s roast of Berluti’s RTW atrocities, is the upside post about their Bespoke Program and the amazingness that comes out of that. I recently saw this photo on the Instagram account of @sole_preacher and was immediately impressed with all that was going on. Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not a ‘normal’ shoe. This, for me, is not necessarily a wearable shoe either (i.e. I would not wear it) but the detail, making, […]

September 28, 2018

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Corthay NYC

  I was visiting the recent Corthay trunk show at Leffot and saw lots of new things on the table and collection at Corthay which was nice as I felt that they were slow to bring out new collections. And apparently they have a new US distribution and Showroom here in NYC in the hopes to vamp up the brand. Head of this operation is Randy Ferdergreen and it will be exciting to see the […]

June 12, 2018

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry Part 7: People That Call All Oxfords ‘Wingtips’

In the world of shoes, there are many names given to all of the different types of oxfords. ONE of them is ‘wingtip,’ set to describe the W shaped cap that’s side extensions have been described as ‘wings.’ Again, this is simply one type of oxford, which is the base name for all shoes that have closed lacing system. For example, the shoe highlighted has many names. It is an oxford. It is an adelaide (for […]

May 30, 2018

Shoes of the Month – Bespoke Balmoral Oxfords by Enrile

I have been following Enrile (Antonio Enrile) for a few years now and have been impressed with his progression as a bespoke shoemaker, hailing out of Seville, Spain. His designs were always intriguing but at first, I was not crazy about the last shapes, all too often being very bulbous. But nonetheless, there was potential for greatness through the perseverance of trade and cool designs. Today, Enrile has shown me his best piece of work […]

April 27, 2017

Fugashin Saigon – Shoe Review

If you mentioned 10 years ago that the Vietnamese would be producing shoes as good as the British, people might have laughed at you. But in 2017 that outcome is very real and Fugashin shoes prove it. So let’s take a look at one and inspect the fine details that make that statement true in 2017. Fugashin (or the owner or someone who works there, never quite established that) was kind enough to gift me […]

November 2, 2016

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Fugashin – The Vietnamese Takeover!

I have long known about the capabilities of goodyear welted shoe factories in SE Asia, but never had I seen workmanship quite like that of the shoes of Fugashin-Saigon who own a factory in Vietnam. The waist work, shape of lasts, Norwegian stitching and pattern design is that of the level of handgrade shoes valued at +£700 and while I do not yet know their European price, I am quite sure they cost a fraction […]

March 8, 2016

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Stephane Jimenez – The Next Great French Shoemaker

When I say the words, Stephane Jimenez, many of you won’t know what that means or who it is. But you should if you fancy yourself a shoe connoisseur. The reason being is that he is the next French bespoke maker to be reckoned with. And when I say that, I say that his level of skill is upwards to that of Anthony Delos, Dimitri Gomez and Pierre Corthay (the man, not the brand). And […]

March 4, 2016

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Don’t Sleep on Burgundy Shoes – Stefano Bemer

When most men think of burgundy shoes what probably pops into their head is one of two things; 1. Penny or tassel loafers from some 100 year old company or some tanker like Alden derby shoe. But when I think of burgundy shoes, something along the lines of these Stefano Bemer leather/suede combination oxfords pops into my head. And why shouldn’t it? These are hands down one of the most attractive pairs of shoes that […]

February 16, 2016

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Edward Green – New Last, New Models

Another brand always visited at Pitti Uomo is Edward Green. And they always have something new and exciting being added to their mix of greatness. This season, that new detail took place in the form of a new last, the 915. From what I gathered it is a extension of the 82, meaning that they took inspiration from the 82 to make a new last that is ever so slightly more pointed. And I love […]