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August 10, 2020

The Best Shoemaker in the World

Doesn’t Exist… So, now you are thinking, ‘wait, what?’ Doesn’t exist? What does that mean? Well, it means that this slogan can only apply to you and your opinion. No one person can label the best shoemaker in the world as the idea of what makes a shoemaker good is completely subjective. Let’s take a look at the things that make up a good shoemaker, point by point, and dissect how everything can be interpreted […]

July 8, 2020

Wayman Bespoke – The New Semi Bespoke Service

There is a new bespoke maker in town, who is revolutionizing what it means to get ‘bespoke’ or better yet ‘semi-bespoke’ in a day and age where international travel might be difficult if at all permitted. That maker is Wayman Bespoke and they are coming out of Germany. Like many stories of success, theirs started with a need that was hard to fulfill so they decided to fulfill it. Or should I say, he, Simon […]

June 29, 2020

Industry Secrets Part 1: ‘Handmade’ is a Lie

  Pictures in post represent what actual handmade shoes look like. The thing about me is that I believe lying is the most dangerous weaponry there is. It can fool millions, deceive entire groups of people, and lead many to have a perception that is built on falsehood. 90% of brands that claim their shoes are handmade are a part of that great deception. Your shoes are not handmade. Yet that is what they want […]

June 9, 2020

Coolest Shoe Trees Ever Made

Shoe trees are becoming almost as cool as shoes. They have come a long way in the last 20 years ago when all I saw was crappy spring-loaded cedar shoe trees offered by all of the big shops. Of course, bespoke makers always made them for their own shoes and were always nice, but they were not nearly as prevalent as they are today and of course, thanks to social media outlets like Instagram and […]

June 5, 2020

New Shoe Brand – Petru & Claymoor

Warning: Post is picture heavy There is a new brand on the block and their name is Petru & Claymoor, of Romania. They are a bespoke outfit, based out of Bucharest, making handmade bespoke footwear at a very reasonable price and what looks like a very standard of making. It is reminiscent of that Austro-Hungarian look that is found across many of the Central/Eastern countries of Europe (think Hungary, Austria, Romania as well as many […]

June 1, 2020

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Mind-Blowing Seamless Wholecuts – David Mckee

A seamless wholecut is like the holy grail of shoes for its difficulty in lasting and pattern making. But David Mckee of Dave’s Boots and Shoes, in England, took it to the next level by making a faux brogue out of the upper which I personally find so cool and appealing. It could be that I am quite partial to blue and this leather is one of the nicest shades of blue there is, not […]

May 28, 2020

Strap Boots – The Next Thing

Photo courtesy of ShoesinOslo I have been seeing a lot of shaft strap boots lately in the handmade shoemaker realm lately. At first, I didn’t pay so much attention to them but as more and more shoemakers started making them, I naturally became more intrigued. I think that the one that really grabbed my attention was the one that Bolero shoemaker of Japan did. So much in fact, that I decided to have a run […]

May 20, 2020

Brooklyn Bespoke Shoemaker – Francis Waplinger

Francis Waplinger recently moved his workshop from deep-end Long Island to Brooklyn. A very smart powermove in my opinion and something that should ultimately be good for his brand and ability to grow it. Which I an pleased for as I really like Francis (we are both from Seattle) and I want to see him do well. The reason for this post, however, is this cool new adelaide that he made for himself and wanting […]

May 4, 2020

German Bespoke Shoemaker – Atelier Leonard Kahlcke

I love discovering new shoemakers. I love even more seeing new shoe designs though. Blend the two and it becomes a very exciting thing. German Bespoke shoemaker, Atelier Leonard Kahlcke is someone new to me and coming out with some very cool shoes. This penny loafer particularly caught my eye as something truly unique yet not overly crazy. A simple idea that is profoundly different and allows a lot of playfulness in the final product. […]

April 1, 2020

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Full Brogue Double Monks

I have always loved a double monk that was fully brogued. It adds a unique look to the now so common cap toe version that you see almost as prevalent as oxfords. Even better would be a suede version. I think I would give a lot of use to that. It just seems so versatile This version, by Chinese shoemaker Gordon Jimjun (IG), is perfectly balanced. Edward Green has a similar model but I always […]