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February 6, 2014

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It’s All About the Hero Shot!

I have really been starting to learn just how important photography is for a product company. The idea of the products being good is simply not enough, unless of course your brand recognition is so strong that word of mouth is capable of selling your product by itself. But for those of us small-timers, in order to build a presence (particularly on the web) not only do you need high quality photography, but you need […]

August 5, 2013

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My New Camera + George Cleverley = Better Photography From Now On!!!

So, a lot has been going on these days, not only personally with the birth of my new son (and thus the problems that I am now having with time management and getting back to emails and comments) but also with the company and the new projects that we are taking on. As you can clearly see by reading this, I have a new blog platform. And while I am terribly excited by this and […]

May 15, 2013

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Black Patent Shoes – No Longer Necessary….

I remember when wearing patent shoes as a non-formal piece of footwear became all the rage. I was working for Nordstrom at the time and every Italian shoemaker was bringing them in their new collections, having 2-4 different models in patent leather alone. It was the time of the bling, and I must admit, even I wanted to get in on it. I therefore found myself buying a pair of black patent Ferragamo loafers even […]

December 13, 2012

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Bespoke Suits Have Ruined Me!!

Because I am such a shoe whore, going bespoke on them hasn’t really made me want to only do that, although I would prefer it. But having had a bespoke suit made, wearing it, feeling and seeing the difference not only in fit, but in the way that it makes me feel has made me never want to go for anything less. Yet wanting champagne on a beer’s budget has always been a problem and […]

December 7, 2012

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Aubercy Shoes – A Review

So it would appear that Christmas came a bit early this year as I received a lovely gift in the mail the other day. I usually know everything that is arriving for me, so I was shocked to hear when I had a package waiting with my name on it. When I saw the ‘from’ address, I was pleasantly surprised but had a good idea what lay inside waiting for me (since it’s shape was […]

September 24, 2012

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 3.2: Shoe Lasts

Finalized product will have metal eyelets…..my round last shown below A shoes last is very important, for more reasons than one. Firstly, it makes up the shape of the shoe and there are about a trillion and one variations that one could come up. Secondly, it affects the fit, and thus the comfort of your shoe. So ever if you happen to design the coolest pattern and make the most pleasing shape ones eye could […]

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 […]

September 28, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Crocodile Whole Cuts by Riccardo Bestetti

There is beauty and then there is beauty. These shoes by Riccardo Bestetti fall into both categories. There is nothing quite like a whole cut shoe in crocodile, as I believe this is the only way that one should have it. Just the other day, this American gentleman was in G&H and he had a pair of crocodile cowboy boots in sea blue coloring that he wanted me to shine. While I was not so […]