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May 11, 2015

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Meccariello Madness (Or Should I Say Greatness?!)

It is truly amazing when a client works with a bespoke maker to create something unique and even more amazing when it’s never been done before and still comes out like a work of art. And I must say that the gentleman that helped to create these stunning Antonio Meccariello ghillie spectators (as well as the green boots that I featured a while back HERE) is a man who taste  in shoes makes me think […]

April 16, 2015

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Ramon Cuberta – Another Barcelona Shoemaker

It’s amazing how many shoemakers there actually are in this world, that probably most really don’t know about. Thankfully for the internet though one is able to learn about them and quite possibly make a point to visit/commission a pair of their shoes. When you think about the cost of bespoke shoes, one might not be able to justify spending £3000 on a pair of British made ones, but would much rather justify going to […]

February 24, 2015

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Stefano Bemer Greatness

As many of you may have realized from knowing my background and having seen my shoes, much of my inspiration as a designer came from my year with Stefano Bemer and the fact that I was not only surrounded, but also immersed into the world of shoes. Stefano’s design ethos very much blended the idea of a British look with Italian flair, incorporating color in what would otherwise be a conservative model that you might […]

January 20, 2015

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Kanpekina at Pitti Uomo 87

I have been wanting to see the Kanpekina brand in the flesh for a long time now and I finally stumbled upon them while at Pitti. To be quite frank, I was quite pleased and disappointed at the same time. The shoes were well made and lovely, but I was not crazy about the direction of this year’s theme of camouflage and pony hair. I hope that it was simply a seasonal choice and not […]

January 19, 2015

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New Carmina Action from Pitti Uomo 87

So I just got back from Pitti Uomo 87 and it was a great trip. I will write more about that later, but in the meanwhile thought that I would start showing you some of the nice things that I saw while there. First up is the never disappointing Carmina who continues to impress me with their progression and new models. What really got me was their influx of RTW two toned models that are […]

December 11, 2014

Aubercy’s New Models

So I am currently in Paris in preparation for my trunk show here at the Menswear Corner concept store, from tomorrow until Saturday at 12 Passage Choiseul (75002). Considering I had some down time after my quick and easy set up, I decided to pop by one of my favorite Parisian shoemakers; the one and only Aubercy and see what they have been cooking up. Needless to say, I am always impressed when I go […]

November 27, 2014


Gaziano & Girling Foster & Son Bespoke George Cleverley Corthay Edward Green for Leather Soul

October 1, 2014

The New Stefano Bemer

Since we are on the subject of Bemer’s (as per yesterday’s post), I thought that I would continue on by finally getting up the pictures of the new Stefano Bemer workshop/company from my visit to Pitti in July. For the few of you that may not know, I spent one year under the care of Stefano Bemer (the man himself) and company back in 2008 when I went to learn how to make shoes by […]

September 4, 2014

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Sutor Mantellassi at Pitti Uomo

I have been quite ill these past few days and thus left myself a bit behind in emails, sending out shoes etc and of course this leaves me with limited time to write on the blog, as per usual. But I thought for those of you who are interested in braided footwear, would appreciate seeing what was on offer at the stand of Sutor Mantellassi at the last Pitti Uomo. Having been always curious about […]