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April 21, 2020

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No Pair is Beyond Saving

A good shoe shine artist is like a magician. They bring things back from the dead and make transformations that would make your eyes pop out. But make no mistake about it and I will say this loudly ‘that there are not many that have these capabilities.’ Shining a shoe is not the same as rejuvenating the dead. It takes another skill. Anyone can shine a pair of shoes. Few can restore them to their […]

February 19, 2020

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Chelseas with a Twist – Carmina Shoemaker

Its refreshing to see Chelsea boots in some sort of dark burgundy/merlot color. In this case Plum Museum Calf. I never understood why this color has not caught on more with the extremely popular boot style: the chelsea. For me, this color goes with everything that a brown calfskin can. And potentially even more and also look better. Yet its very rare that you see one. Naturally I was excited to see this MTO option […]

October 25, 2019

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What I am Wearing – Boots

For those that don’t already know, I am a boot guy. So bad in fact that I recently had to drastically downscale my collection as prior to selling off a ton of my personal stock holding, the boot side of my wardrobe alone was around 60 pairs. If it didnt get so hot here in NYC and physical space came cheap, I would wear them all year ’round. So you can imagine that I love […]

October 17, 2019

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Rainy Day? Wear Suede

There is a reason why you should wear good suede. And that reason is that it handles rain better anything else. Now when I say this, I am talking about suedes darker than Snuff suede because any sand-like color suede, or lighter, cannot withstand the rain mainly for the dirt that comes along with those wet days. And that simple fact about light suede is what has most likely given suede a bad rep. But […]

April 8, 2019

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Chelsea Boots – Smart or Casual?

I recently had a customer ask me to compare my brand’s chelsea boots to RM Williams and asking what separates the two being that they are both $495 and wholecut patterns? And I had to really think about this as RM Williams makes a great boot for sure. And it made me ponder deep into my previous train of thought where I used to actually dislike chelsea boots. And that was around the time that […]