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December 30, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Crockett & Jones Boot

It’s funny because the last time I was in Spain, working out my prototypes, I was thinking of the different combinations of colors/materials to use on my balmoral boots and a medium brown paired with a snuff suede was precisely what I had in mind, until I saw these boots by Crockett & Jones….. While my boot is quite different, aesthetically in shape and pattern, and using similar colors is by no means copying, being […]

December 7, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Carmina Balmoral Boot

I have never actually had the pleasure of holding a pair of Carmina shoes in my hands, but I have always appreciated what I have seen in pictures and all of the nice things that most people have to say about them. While they tend to not stray too far outside of classic styles, I did notice this pair on Ethan Desu’s blog a little while ago and was quite taken aback by the uniqueness […]

December 5, 2011

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Globalization: The Rise & Fall of the Shoe Industry

As it quickly creeps up to the end of another 365 day chunk of my life, I thought that it would be nice to reflect on what has happened, what is happening and the possibility of great change to come, within the shoe world. Let me start off by saying that for most of my life, I had the feeling that 2012 (the year that I turn 28) was going to be a significant year […]

November 2, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Paolo Scafora

I had always read about Neapolitan shoemaker Paolo Scafora (in a good light) but had never had the actual pleasure of knowing how his shoes truly were, until yesterday. A customer that comes in quite often to Gieves (who once told me way back when that he would bring in some shoes for shining) finally dropped off a pair for me to rejuvenate (pictured below), of which just so happened to be RTW by Paolo […]

June 12, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Enrile

As I usually tend to put ‘out of this world’ type shoes on these pages, I feel like every once in a while I need to switch it up a bit and add a little bit of classic back into my blog. I have only just discovered this new up-and-comer in the European shoe industry and therefore wanted to share it with all of you. Once only a leather goods maker, company Enrile from Seville, […]

February 3, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Saint Crispin’s

Saint Crispin’s shoes never cease to amaze me! And while their shoes are not off-the-wall or anything, they have this feel and look about them that just sets them completely apart from the rest. Also the little details, like the saddle type of leather piece on the monk strap right above and the lacing on the loafer (in the background) of picture 3 of 6, from the top. Like I have said before, in a […]

December 24, 2010

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Shoes Of The Week

It’s always interesting to see what another animal’s hide would look like on a pair of shoes. Never seen or even heard of being used before, this pair here, bespoke by George Cleverley, offers the skin of a mountain ram. It looks surprisingly similar to elephant hide (which I had the opportunity to handle while with Stefano Bemer, shoes here), yet only less coarse. It clearly makes the shoes more casual but the contrasting effect […]

November 20, 2010

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How To Put A Patina On Your Shoes

While I am no French master when it comes to putting a patina on a pair of shoes, I am quite proud of my first attempt at actually doing so. During my apprenticeship, in Italy, my good friend Matteo (who learned how to make shoes in France), put a reverse patina on a pair of brown slip on’s. You might be thinking what is a ‘reverse patina?’ Well, a patina is when your shoe’s coloring […]