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October 18, 2019

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Andante Shoemaker Impresses

I have always loved an apron loafer that has a separate piece/material for the apron in contrast to the surrounding leather. The first time I ever encountered one so beautiful was back in London, on Savile Row to be exact, in 2012. I was coming out of bepsoke tailor, Chittleborough and Morgan, saying hello to my friend Joe Morgan, when I noticed Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones coming in to enter C&M with a […]

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 […]

October 2, 2019

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Francis Waplinger Bespoke – Unique Design Like No Other!

Young, American bespoke shoemaker, Francis Waplinger, recently came out with a new model that is truly unique and an idea all of his own. Never have I see a model like this that amalgamates 2-3 very unique designs, depending on how you look at it, to create one ultimate shoe. In one part it is somewhat of a gladiator brogue. In another aspect it is a saddle brogue. And to top it off, its cap […]

August 15, 2019

TYE Shoemaker – Most Interesting Brand of Today

Bespoke shoemaker, TYE Shoemaker, out of Japan has been making some very very interesting shoes since coming to light a few years back, thanks to Instagram. The latest are these very intriguing and unique blue suede Crocodile Norwegian welt derbies with a commando gum sole and a bamboo pattern. Damn, that’s a lot going on. Not to mention the braided trimming, just a little touch of detail that TYE likes to commonly through in there. […]

August 2, 2019

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Loafers Done Differently

It’s super refreshing to see a unique creation that looks good and that one can obviously see that thought and passion was put into it. I know that I say this all of the time but its what keeps me passionate about shoes. I lose my interest in footwear when all I see is the same crap being rebranded at a cheaper price. Its boring. It lacks passion. Its just business for the sake of […]

June 6, 2019

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Favorites on Instagram

Here are some of the top pictures and shoes that I have found on IG. 1. (Top) Yohei Fukada 2. (Below, descending) Septieme Largeur 3. Enzo Bonafe courtesy of Thunder March on IG 4. Santa Mercede Shoes 5. Graziat Taipei 6. John Lobb for Skoaktiebolaget 7. Vass Shoes by Ascot Shoes, patina by Modfx7 on IG Enjoy!

May 9, 2019

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Handstitching the Upper

All photos and process courtesy of Japanese Bespoke Shoemaker, Eiji Murata aka Main D’or. Hand-stitching an upper is no easy feat. When you look at the pictures it probably seems easy. But allow me to tell you that it is tough and mainly for the precision involved. The smallest error can result in cracking leather or crooked stitching and the shoe is pretty much ruined when that happens as there is no correcting it. But […]

January 31, 2019

The Boot of all Boots! — TYE Shoemaker

I think that I will flat out and say that TYE shoemaker of Japan is probably making the most interesting and amazing shoes at the moment. Not only is the quality of the shoemaking beyond phenomenal (read that as perfect) but the level of design and pattern making is next level. I mean, the design of this adelaide-like oxford boot with a hovering apron stitch is simply mind-blowing. And anyone that appreciates or understands pattern making […]

November 7, 2018

The Perfect Sole – Eiji Murata aka Main D’or

I am not going to lie and say that I am a sole fanatic but there is something special about a well-crafted sole. I love to look at them and appreciate the skill that went into it, as someone who has done them before, knows just how difficult it is to make the ‘perfect.’ Well Eiji Murata, aka Main D’or, makes them perfectly. The best that I have seen and that is no joke. They […]

October 19, 2018

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The Saddle Oxford done Differently

The more that I see this model by Stephane Jimenez the more that I appreciate it. He basically blended a saddle oxford with a swan neck and really took shoe design to another level. And its funny because changes like this are really quite simple yet no one ever does them. All too often to oxfords look the same and its really quite boring. So seeing something somewhat different like this is always appreciated, at […]