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Blue Shoes Archive

November 2, 2015

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Blue Stunners by Main D’or

I caught a glimpse of these incredible bespoke blue shoes by Main D’or (Eiji Murata) and I was blown away. I mean, I am not going to lie and say that they are the most practical of shoe nor that the cap is nothing shy of wild, but I see them and they immediately capture my attention and admiration. And that blue, it is about as vivid as blue gets, especially on leather. Let us […]

May 27, 2015

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Navy Cordovan by Carmina

Believe it or not, getting a good, consistent navy leather is more difficult than one might think. Many (probably most) of us use crust leather to achieve a blue/navy leather as many tanneries don’t offer one pre-dyed and if they do, won’t really be the exact shade you might be looking for. Horween’s navy cordovan, as seen here on Carmina’s models, is probably the nicest shade that I have seen in the leather industry (for […]

February 19, 2015

New Bespoke Molto Monk by Gaziano & Girling

Gaziano & Girling have recently set the bar high by creating something that is truly the first of its kind. Named the ‘Molto Monk,’ the idea of it was to offer a seamless wholecut monkstrap that has an interchangeable strap. (It is not really a true seamless, but the strap covers the seam thus obtaining the appearance of something that is seamless.) The way in which they had to execute this idea was quite different […]

February 12, 2015

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Brilliant Blue Ugolini’s

  A customer recently sent me some photos of his new bespoke Ugolini’s and I have to say bravo to him for choosing such a magnificent combination of not only colors, but design and leather choices. It’s close to a perfect oxford for me (better if it was a saddle!) in terms of style and color. The hand coloring of that blue is extremely well done, providing a lot of depth to the variations of […]

December 4, 2014

Saint Crispins Factory Visit

It’s amazing how a brand can come onto the scene and explode within a matter of months, going from virtually being unknown (in the grand scheme of things) to becoming the talk of the industry. In a sense this happened to Saint Crispins a few years back. It’s not that they were “unknown” per se, but that the people that did know them were only a small fraction compared those that know them now. I […]

October 30, 2014

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Barbanera Blue!

We all know that blue is my favorite color, I can hardly keep it a secret anymore which is why it’s obvious that I am attracted to such concoctions. What most might not realize about Barbarnera, is that while it would appear that they are a RTW type brand, I think that in reality they have built their company and reputation off of MTO shoes and stuff like this. Hopefully it will all change soon […]

October 28, 2014

Closed Vs. Open Channel Sole Stitching

There are many different treatments that one can give to a shoe’s sole, but what I want to focus on is the big obvious one, i.e. channel stitching. There are really only two ways to do it (in the modern world of RTW shoes), which is either open (showing) or closed (not showing). What you find as a general rule is that the lower end the brand, the more chances are that they will have […]

September 22, 2014

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Some Edward Green MTO’s….jaw dropping!

Another rushed day here so just going to leave you with some Edward Green goodness that I happened to stumble upon on Instagram (which has a lot of great things on it – shoe wise!). These are mostly MTO’s with exception being the last picture I believe. Some cool things here and good to see EG, a very classic British company, doing some nice, crazy things! Love the blue ghillie monks at the top, would […]

September 9, 2014

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Designs Done Differently

I always admire when I see a shoemaker create a pattern that is classic yet definitely twisted (in a good way!). And what most people may not appreciate is the fact that it is really hard to do. Interesting ideas in your head don’t always look great in the flesh or sometimes can’t be executed properly due to the rules of pattern making or the complexities of lasting and fitting that leather over the last. […]

August 22, 2014

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The Sample Sale….Updates

  It’s day two of the collaboration sample sale between G&G, J.FitzPatrick (my brand) and Timothy Everest and as I expected, Friday would be the quieter of the three days. Yesterday was manic and both G&G and I had quite good days with people queuing from 7am and not closing the doors until 82opm. A hard day worked but at least it was finished with a nice Surf & Turf at one of London’s finest […]