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Bespoke Boots Archive

May 29, 2014

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Stamp Jodhpur Boots with Patina

For those of you whom might not remember, Stamp is a bespoke shoe brand out of England (Northampton) created by Nicholas Cooper. What he does is provide bespoke made, cemented shoes. So, he essentially makes you the last and the upper just like every other maker would, but instead of welting/sewing everything by hand, he uses a cement construction. This ensures a lower cost to the customer (about half of what handwelted would be) but […]

May 27, 2014

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Dimitri Gomez Bespoke Balmoral Boot

This is one of the nicest photos I have seen in awhile. Not because it’s done in any fancy way, but simply for all of the textures/color/light variations that make up the whole photo. But what I really like best about this boot by Dimitri Gomez it is the old world reminiscence that it provides, reminding me of how shoes used to be made back in the Victorian/Edwardian Eras. When you look at boots from […]

April 28, 2014

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Bespoke G&G’s – Nearly There!

  My bespoke Gaziano & Girling boots are finally starting to take form, after all this time. I think part of the reason that they have taken so long, not to mention how busy G&G have been with a new factory and a new flagship shop in London which is now open, is due to the fact that I had created a design from scratch. This was a design that I had originally intended for […]

December 30, 2013

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G&G Bespoke Round 2 – The Trial Fit

Some of you may remember that about 5 months ago I went in for my first fitting for my upcoming bespoke boots commissioned through Gaziano & Girling. (for those of you that missed this, see post HERE). A few weeks ago, I was contacted by my good friend Daniel Wegan (master shoemaker for G&G) to have my first trial fit for my new boots. As you can imagine I was quite excited. Now some of […]

July 5, 2013

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Two Toned Darby Boot by Carreducker

I always love seeing a color combination that I would have never thought to do. I especially love it when I like it. And even more so, when I thought about it without seeing it and said to myself, “bleh,” but then ended up being wrong. That was the case here. When I first heard that Carreducker were going to do this boot in blue leather with the tan side panel pieces, I first thought, […]

June 25, 2013

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Going Off The Deep End…..G&G Bespoke Here I Come!

The day has finally come to try a pair of bespoke shoes that come from the shoemakers that for me epitomize shoemaking at it’s finest…..and boy am I excited! For me, the toughest thing about going bespoke is the decision of what to create. Having all of the “essentials” already taken care of, it only really makes sense for me to create something that is insanely unique that I know that no one else in […]

February 5, 2013

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Materna Boots – Built To Last

Well, it would seem that the busy life of a shoe shiner and upcoming shoe designer is starting to take its toll on the ‘ol blog. As most of you may know, on Mondays, I usually like to start my week with a nice long post with a bit more informative content with respects to my other daily rants. As you can tell, it’s now Tuesday and I am still struggling to get out more […]

December 27, 2012

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Miyagi Kogyo – Two Toned Derby Boots

The more that I find new Japanese shoemakers, the more that I feel that there is a whole world of discovery out there, that will only be unearthed through a proper visit to the land of shoes: Japan. This lovely pair of brogued derby boots is made by Miyagi Kogyo, who apparently is a custom (bespoke/MTO) shoemaker that has been making shoes since 1941 (or at least the family name has been around since then). […]

November 30, 2012

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Bestetti – A Shoe God?….DEFINITELY!

I finally saw some Bestetti’s in person, actually twice, within the last few weeks and I simply must say that the pictures in this blog, don’t do any justice to the actual thing. Simply put: his shoes are works of art, not theoretically, but by all means, literally. I was so impressed to see and feel them in person but then that state of impression turned to sadness as I realized that I don’t yet […]

November 16, 2012

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Carreducker Spat Boots – Lovely!!

There is no shoe model more beautiful than a spat boot, not even my beloved saddle shoe. Everything about them is so elegant and amazing, yet it’s probably the hardest shoe model to come by. Clearly the reason being two: the pattern is tough to make, and the buttons are hard to affix without a special button hook, which makes it quite an impractical shoe for a RTW collection. But I say to the heck […]