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August 8, 2016

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Herring + Alfred Sargent = 1966 Collection

Herring shoes has come a long way in the last few years. When I first started out as a blogger, I won’t lie, I was not a fan of what they were selling as it appeared to be predominantly the lower end shoes made by the likes of Loake and Cheaney (doing what looked liked their bottom end work to maintain those low prices). And it was overly English in my eyes. But in the […]

April 23, 2014

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Il Quadrifoglio – True Beauty

When a classic, simple shoe can sweep you off your feet you know it’s special. That is precisely how I feel about these bad boys by Il Quadrifoglio, who is a Japanese bespoke shoemaker out of Kobe only using an Italian name. Everything about this shoe and the picture (top one) is perfect, from the medallion to the way that light bounces off the vamp, to the shine put on it to the way in […]

June 28, 2013

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J.FitzPatrick – New Models/Last in the Woodworks

One of the great things about my factory is that they will literally allow me to design anything and will try to make it for me. I have heard through the grapevine that many classic factories (making this type of welted shoe) don’t allow this type flexibility for their private label customers, forcing them to stay within the boundaries of classical patterns. So needless to say, I feel quite fortunate for this freedom and therefore […]

March 11, 2013

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Crockett & Jones for Japanese Market

I have explained this once before, I believe, but what many of you might not know is that for certain markets, like Japan, shoes are made especially for the needs of that market. What threw me off about this shoe, by Crockett & Jones, is the fact of how dainty it was. Now, I know from seeing G&G bespoke shoes made by their Japanese maker for their Japanese clients, that many Japanese customers like a […]

January 21, 2013

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The Burnished Toe

Shoes by Edward Green… I remember when the darker toes of dress shoes was quickly becoming all of the rage. Every single Italian maker was doing it and it was almost as if you couldn’t find a shoe that did not have a burnish on it, at least in the States. Like most things, it seemed to be a fad, one that would pass as time went on, yet to this day, while not as […]

November 19, 2012

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Ed Et Al — Remastered

A good businessman should always do at least one of two things (if not both): treat their employees well and listen to the concerns of their customers in regards to the product or service offering. Edwin Neo, taking into account the reputation of his company Ed Et Al, and the shoes that fall under that brand, did just that and has most recently revamped his shoe offerings in order to fix the concerns laid out by […]

September 21, 2012

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The Side View Of A Shoe – Is It Deceiving?

My whole (dress shoe) life I have been judging last shapes and never really knew it. Whenever I was going to get a new pair of shoes (when I was back in Seattle), I would grab the shoe, toe sticking out perpendicular to my body, and hold it at my side looking down at it’s toe shape. If the shoes’ shape did not pass the test of how I would like looking at it whilst […]

August 14, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Barker Double Monks

During the Summer sale period here in London, if you look hard enough, you can find some great deals, as was the case for my colleague who found these Charles Tyrwhitt double monks (made by Barker) for around 165. As the residential Shoe Snob here at G&H, many of my colleagues will come to me for shoe advice, to show off their new shoes or as in the case of most ask me to shine […]

February 2, 2012

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J. FitzPatrick Shoe Line Progression

Getting a company up and running may be just one of the most difficult things in the world, particularly when there are products involved that have to be produced by someone else. Naturally, being naive, you may somewhat underestimate the amount of time that it takes to actually even begin (as I have) which will then set you up for a crash course in zen-like patience, as you twiddle your thumbs each day waiting for […]

January 9, 2012

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To Go Bespoke Or To Not Go Bespoke

Bespoke model made by my friend, for his friend Let me first define what bespoke means. By definition from a dictionary, in what would be termed as ‘old speak,’ it would mean ‘spoken for.’ As in, a garment that is spoken for by someone, is owned and was created specifically for them and no one else. It will fit them perfectly (at least in theory) and should not fit anyone else in that same manner […]