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September 18, 2012

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Pigskin Bestetti’s — Amazing As Always!!

What more is there to say??? Nothing that leaves Bestetti’s factory seems to be short of spectacular. I guess what I can touch on that I don’t believe I have before is the fact that all his shoes from the top of the facing all the way down to the front of the toe box, seem to always have the most elegant curvature imaginable…..the only problem is that it looks like it would only be […]

September 11, 2012

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More Japanese Greatness – Clematis

What makes a shoe particular? THE DETAILS! That being, what can you spot on this shoe that is ever so subtly different??? Well, let’s take a look…..see how both heel counter and quarter brogueing bits are sloped in an upward manner and then drop towards the welt, as opposed to the classic straight line over with a drop down? Or see how the welt is black, but the sole is some sort of reddish brown? […]

July 27, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Aubercy Tassel Loafers

Picture Courtesy Of: So Black Tie Time and time again, I am constantly impressed by what the French shoemaking firms are coming up with. Never do they really cease to amaze me and frequently are they trying to step outside of the box and create something that while may have been done before, has a twist to it. Being that red on black (as an accent color) is my staple combination (think my bespoke saddle […]

May 17, 2012

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Black on Blue on Blue on Black!!

The more that I spend time here in England and the more this crappy weather prevails, the more I find myself wearing black and blue, together. Two to three years ago, I would have condemned this, but as the weather here is so unpredictable (literally being able to see 4 seasons within 10 minutes time), I constantly fear getting caught in a torrential downpour and ruining a pair of non-black shoes. Therefore, when I see […]

May 7, 2012

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Balancing Your Outfit

Expensive suits, crap shoes (with the exception of Colin Farrell, who looks to have some decent ones) Everything has its place, whether it’s cheap shoes, expensive suits, mediocre shirts, wrinkled trousers etc., but too often do you see a lot of men jumbling them all together in a way that does not make sense. There are ways to mix and match them, get away with it and still look relatively good. Take me for example, […]

April 30, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Bestetti’s ‘Gladiators’

It’s been another one of those Mondays that I just could not seem to get the time to bust out my long post. That being, it will have to wait until tomorrow, and you all will just have to settle with a short, but sweet post for today. While I had never really been the biggest fan of this type of shoe, until I saw a version made by Riccardo Bestetti, I must say that […]

April 4, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Louis Vuitton Monk Straps

While I cannot say that I am a big fan of mega-fashion brand, Louis Vuitton, I can say that every now and then, they do make a pretty decent shoe. This model here represents just that, for me, as well as a very intriguing take on the monk strap. While I myself, like to keep things relatively classic in my own designs, I do find it quite interesting to see what fashion designers can come […]

March 16, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Aubercy Penny Loafers

The last shape of these loafers, by Aubercy, is absolutely stunning!! It’s literally at that level, where it’s perfect. Not too pointy, yet not too round either. Just right. And that’s hard to do, truly. But I think that I have to say, that this just might have taken the lead in the race for my favorite black loafer. Everything about this shoe screams elegance and beauty. And it would seem that Aubercy is always […]

February 28, 2012

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The Only Dress Shoe Ever Really Needed – The Black Wholecut

This title might sound like shoe lover blasphemy, and believe me I can’t say that I would ever think of just having one, but…..if life presented itself with this situation, it’s best to be equipped with what is going to get you through it all. What made me think of this was a discussion that was occurring on Style Forum (a while back) in regards to one’s absolute shoe essentials. One gentleman stated that instead […]

February 7, 2012

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What I Am Wearing – Black & Blue

I used to be the black & blue hater #1, and even to this day, I would prefer to never pair them together. But as I get older, the climate changes, my culture becomes something else (in my ever-moving journey), I really just can’t be asked to rebel any further. Most of the time, I put them together due to the fear of ruining any of my nice non-black colored shoes, like my red’s or […]