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August 23, 2018

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Bontoni – Single Monkstrap Done Differently

I have never been a huge fan of the traditional single monkstrap that sweeps across the instep, having a huge buckle and thick strap leather. It always reminded me of some shoe from Old England that Friar Tuck would have worn. Not to mention the way that it sweeps across from left to right (or vice versa) without any angle to it (think Churchs famous model). It always just looked really ugly to me. This […]

August 24, 2017

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Bontoni at Bergdorf Goodman

I have always been a huge fan of Bontoni shoes. Ther blend between Italian shaped lasts and finishing with a robust English look of pattern and sole thickness, they have always sat just about right in my head of one of the best blendings of the two nations’ shoe culture. The only problem with them is that they are not so prevalent in the European market which I always found strange and a shame at […]

Happy 4th of July!!

I know that this holiday is not for everyone out there but as I have not celebrated it in 7 years from being outside of the US, I felt it nice to simply give a small shout out to all of my fellow people who are enjoying this celebration no matter if you are American or just visiting. It’s a fun day no matter where you come from to see the fireworks and spend time […]

March 7, 2016

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Bontoni ‘Incanto’ for Bergdorf Goodman

  Last time I was in NYC (Nov ’15), I took my typical stroll from Leffot in the Village, up to 6th and about 40th or so, across to 5th and then up to Bergdorfs and I saw this shoe by Bontoni. —This is my usual routine when I get to NYC. It not only allows me to take the city for all of its glory with a nice 50-block walk, but is also the perfect […]

November 6, 2015

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Bontoni – Something Different

Its always interesting to see new ideas tested out and this Bontoni is defintiely something new (relatively speaking). Now I will say that I have seen this done before, but never this good and that is the cap having purely round edges. Its quite mind boggling to look at really as it looks like a u cap but isn’t and vastly changes the feel of the shoe’s pattern. It’s hard to describe what I am […]

August 3, 2015

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Green = Next Year’s Color

  I have some gut feeling that Green is the color of 2016. I see more and more companies using it for their shoes and more and more people buying it (at least from what I see online, not so much in the streets!). I do intend to have at least one green shoe in my collection as I once had and know that for sure one will be in this new, beautiful green suede […]

October 23, 2014

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Bontoni Magic As Per Usual

Don’t really have a lot of time here, but could not help but show you all this amazing shoe by Bontoni. They never cease to amaze me and ever more so is that even though you don’t find a lot of their pics online, when you do, they are almost always good ones!! Well done Bontoni! On another note, this trip to my factory (where I currently am, hence the rush) has been very productive […]

June 2, 2014

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The New Trend = Museum Calf

It’s always interesting (and fascinating) to see what the latest trend in the shoe industry is. The last big one was the craze of double monks and the next one that has already started showing it’s face in several places on the web is the idea of having every shade of color of leather in it’s own ‘Museum’ version. For those that might not understand what I mean when I say that, the term Museum […]

January 3, 2014

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The Single Monkstrap Shoe

For the last few years double monks have been all the rage in the shoe industry. And while I think that double monks will be popular for a while still to come, I do believe that the single monk will soon start to replace it as the dominating monk of the shoe industry. For me, personally, I have always like a single monk better than a double. It just seems so more much sleek and […]