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March 9, 2016

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A Very Elegant Chukka by Bestetti

  I really like chukka boots, but just realized that I only have one pair of them and don’t wear them often. I don’t know why that is but I need to change that! I saw this one here by Riccardo Bestetti and was quite fascinated with its beauty. Everything about it is very elegant and appealing. And I know that some have an issue with how long Bestetti’s lasts are but after looking at […]

September 14, 2015

Bestetti for Made to Order Paris

  This has to be the most intriguing adelaide that I have ever seen. It just has so much character with the shape of the facing design. Most things in footwear are quite soft and neutral as to appeal to the masses but you can tell that when Bestetti created this, he was probably thinking to himself, ‘screw it, I am going to design what I like and want and not what might appeal to […]

September 4, 2015

Bestetti New RTW Chukka Boot

  Bestetti seems to be in the workshop day and night working not only on all of his bespoke orders but apparently the release of new models for his RTW collection. Here he goes for a classic chukka boot but with a few twists here and there. First and foremost, he plays off of the ‘as of late’ popularity of the apron stitch, putting a nice handstitched one on that dark brown suede model (probably […]

August 6, 2015

Riccardo Bestetti Now at Spiga3 in Gothenburg

  Well, it’s official. Bestetti can now be bought at the click of a mouse (or touch pad) on your computer, all thanks to Spiga3, whom have just introduced the legendary maker into their shop in Gothenburg, Sweden. I am quite pleased about this too as it presents a nice alternative in the online footwear scene. And it would appear that everyone is trying to get someone new in their shop, that no one else […]

April 21, 2015

Riccardo Bestetti ‘Maverick’ – My Favorite Adelaide

  Out of all of the “very classic” oxford styles (saddle not included in this ideology) the adelaide is probably among my top favorites. The fact that the separation of the facing is there just allows for a much more interesting look in the shoe, particularly because the vamp extends all the way to the back side of the quarter. And out of all of the adelaides, the Riccardo Bestetti ‘Maverick’ on the almond shape […]

January 8, 2015

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Bestetti At His Best!

    Riccardo Bestetti recently started a new Instagram acccount (@bestettishoes) and it is a great accumulation of amazing works of art. I always love to see what he is going to post next. His shine jobs are unreal, making the shoes look more perfect than perfect, not to mention the beauty of them irregardless of a shine or not. For those on IG, I suggest you start following his account for a bit more […]

October 14, 2014

A Trip to Vigevano to Meet Riccardo Bestetti

  Riccardo Bestetti and I have been virtual friends for a long time. He is probably one of the first bespoke shoemakers that I had contact with in reality (outside of Stefano and G&G). As I always liked his shoes and yearned for content, I asked him to email me when he had new stuff. But our emails were more than simply an exchange of photos for gratitude. Through our passion of footwear and writings […]

September 17, 2014

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A Preview of My Time Spent in Milan! (Feat. Bestetti)

During my time in Milan, I basically did 4 things: 1. Went to Lineapelle to look at and source new leather/fabrics/cloth etc. for making shoes; 2. Went to the Ilcea tannery for a tour and to talk about using them in the near future; 3. A visit with the brothers behind Barbarnera and 4. Last but certainly not least, a long overdue visit to one of my favorite shoemakers, Mr. Riccardo Bestetti. It was a […]

June 13, 2014

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Riccardo Bestetti Strikes Again

  I have said it before and of course I will say it again: it is so great to see new designs executed, especially when it’s a play off of an existing one. This one by Riccardo Bestetti is nothing shy of brilliant. That doesn’t mean that it is my favorite, as to be be honest I am not sure if I would ever personally commission it, but it is very well done and definitely […]

May 26, 2014

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The Future of The Shoe Snob….

When you are sitting there watching your 10 month old child play with everything around him, discovering all these new things, being creative, curious and completely innocent all at the same time, it really makes you think about life and the future of it. On top of that, I tend to have one of those minds that is always thinking. The only way that I can really turn it off is by watching a good, […]