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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 […]

April 22, 2019

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Per Nobile – Russian Shoemakers to Watch Out For!

My favorite shoe of the Bespoke Shoemaking competition was actually the one that took 9th place and was made by Russian Shoemakers, Per Nobile. It is the shoe highlighted and the one that blew my mind away in terms of pattern making, which I feel often goes overlooked in this contest as maybe the direction of the discussion is often more heavily weighed into looking at details like how narrow the waste is and how […]

March 29, 2019

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Ramon Cuberta – London Trunk Show & New Version of Gladiator!

Ramon Cuberta is a nice guy. Always kind. Always humble and makes great shoes. Just the kind of ingredients you look for when supporting an artist. So its my pleasure to let those of you London based (or close by) know that he is soon going to be presenting his shoes in the great city of London, at Ascot Shoes – Stowers London in 13, Savile Row, Mayfair. Days: April 4-5-6 (10AM-17:30PM), Appointments requested by […]

March 25, 2019

March 4, 2019

Unique Model by Yohei Fukada

  Yohei Fukuda never ceases to amaze not only with elegant shoes, amazing craftsmanship but now even in shoe design where he takes it to the next level with this cross between a monkstrap and a button shoe. I have never seen anything quite like it. It has 3 things going on. The cut/shape of a French style 1/2 eyelet derby but then has that sweeping like monkstrap bit of leather while topping it all off […]

February 25, 2019

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #4 — BOLERO SHOEMAKER

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE Tomoyuki Watanabe got his start by training in shoemaking under a Japanese master shoemaker with 50 years of experience, and seven years ago he started his own brand Bolero Shoemaker. His style of shoes is very classic with well-balanced last shapes, mainly aniline leathers and traditional styles. But lately I have seen him throw in a few twists in there which I have very […]

January 10, 2019

Cuervo Cobblerblack Bird – Another Spanish Shoemaker

There are a group of shoemakers in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona, named Cuervo Cobblerblack Bird. They have been banded together since 2006. But only thanks to Instagram, have I recently discovered their existence and wished to share it all with you. I remember when I used to think that Barcelona really only had like 2 bespoke shoemakers, but as time goes on, as does the internet, I am seeing that it is a haven […]

December 27, 2018

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Calzoleria Oscura Shoes

There is a new outfit in town and when I say ‘town’ I mean Milan, Italy. You might see the boot above very reminiscent of Riccardo Bestetti’s gladiator pattern and well that is because Calzoleria Oscura is comprised of the makers that used to work for Riccardo himself before his passing. Deciding to move on, the new company went out and started their own venture taking with them what they learned from the late, great […]