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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 […]

October 21, 2015

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Scarpe di Bianco New Collection & Website

  Scarpe di Bianco has just launched not only a new range of shoes but also a new, updated website. The new range is a typical North American trend in fusing the idea of comfort and dress shoes by the addition of flexibility and rubber soles. It is definitely a cultural thing, but also simply a personal preference as I am American but prefer leather soled shoes. But then again, the brands that add rubber […]

October 6, 2015

Killer Boots by Ivan Crivellaro

  These have to be one of the most craziest and beautiful boots that I have ever seen. Not only is the style immaculate, but the coloring is out of this world amazing. And it comes as no surprise when knowing that Ivan Crivellaro was the artist that created these masterpieces. I wouldn’t know what to wear them with but I don’t think that would stop me from displaying them as a piece of art […]

September 21, 2015

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The Best Shade of Tan by Carmina

    For me, tan is a hard color to get right. If it is way too bright, it is hard to wear with most suits that we have in our wardrobe. If it is too dark then it might as well be mid-brown. Getting it just right is where the trick lies. The problem is that it cannot really be done just by buying the leather (from the tannery). You have to alter it […]

September 9, 2015

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Septieme Largeur New Adelaide Oxford

Septieme Largeur has just released a new adelaide oxford that for me presents an ultimate option for those that need a basic dress shoe. Most people coming into the world of ‘needing to dress smart,’ often opt for the cap toe as it is safe bet for being not only professional but just simply smart all around. The thing that not so much disappoints me but just wish it could be different, is that most […]

September 1, 2015

Patina By Niklas Nordin

Not everyone is born with the ability to become Michelangelo but I do believe that everyone is born with the ability to at least become proficient in most arts. The difference between all people are those that are willing to do what it takes to reach that proficiency and those that are not. Niklas Nordin is a perfect example of that. He is a regular guy with a regular job but just so happens to […]

July 1, 2015

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The Sharpest Chisel on the Block – Ramon Cuberta

  Ramon Cuberta (bespoke shoemaker out of Barcelona) makes a sharp chisel toe. It just might be the sharpest that I have ever seen. There is no mistaking that line and it really gives off the idea of how chisel a chisel last can go. Part of this is creating a very sharp last on the corners of the toe box, but also doing a very good job of molding (hammering and sanding down) the leather toe […]

May 15, 2015

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Hero Shots by Skoaktiebolaget

    I have always emphasized the importance of the “hero shot” when it comes to representing footwear. The problem with shoes is that their essence is very hard to capture in a photo, particularly in the standard white background packshot. Elegance, beauty and quality when it comes to shoes are things that really need to be seen in a natural environment and even more so, in person. The best one can do in photography […]

March 3, 2015

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Norman Vilalta RTW and US Trunk Show Debut

After much anticipation Norman Vilalta is finally releasing his ready to wear brand at none other than Leffot of NYC, in the form of a trunk show. He will be doing so this March 5th and 6th at the illustrious New York City shoe shop and I can only say that I am happy for him. After having worked on this for a few years now and coming out with some very lovely and unique […]

February 9, 2015

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The Classic Adelaide

  I what I love about the adelaide oxford is that in the grand scheme of shoe designs, it is relatively new for being such a classic look. I am quite sure that it did not come around until the 70’s. In reality that last comment is just speculation but I don’t really recall ever seeing archival shoes that were adelaides, not at least the really old ones. Yet it has the feel of being […]