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Cordovan leather Archive

July 3, 2013

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The Boot That Will Last A Lifetime!

I have never really been so taken by cordovan leather. Not because I don’t like it or anything like that, but mainly because I was not sure that the extra cost warranted true justification. I know that cordovan leather is far stronger than your average calfskin, but when you are a guy like me that gets new shoes on a monthly basis and recycles the old ones, it’s rare that I buy to have forever. […]

July 19, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Carmina Double Monks

Dear All, I have come back from Spain, to be completely snowed in with work, emails and disappointment from external factors within one aspect of my business. Therefore, due to the overwhelming amount of bombardment, I will be keeping this short. On a positive note, my time in Spain was very good and productive. I have finalized everything, including every color way that each model will come in. Hopefully these samples will all be done […]

May 14, 2012

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Carmina – The Spanish Conquistadors

As some of you may remember, a little while back I had the pleasure of being involved in one of The Armoury’s trunk shows, located here in London. At that trunk show, I had the first opportunity to truly appreciate the level of shoes that Carmina produces. Prior to this, I was always hearing about Carmina shoes but never really had the ability to judge them for myself, other than shining an old pair for […]

April 13, 2012

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The Armoury, Carmina, The Shoe Snob, London Trunk Show

For those that may not be aware, The Armoury, is a clothier in Hong Kong that specializes in artisanal offerings for men. One of these brands is Carmina, a recognized Spanish shoemaker, of whom I have just recently become very fond of. Now I had always know about them (Carmina), as well as heard good things, but it wasn’t until the owner of The Armoury (Mr. Mark Cho) asked me to shine the samples for […]

February 8, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Edward Green Oundle

Have you ever wondered why the majority of cordovan leather comes in a burgundy color when in fact, it can be made in any color, such as this brown pair of Edward Green Oundles? Well, as I don’t know why, I cannot comment further on the matter, but if you happen to, please feel free to leave a comment. Nevertheless, I find myself always being attracted to shoes that come in cordovan leather that is […]

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, […]

April 21, 2010

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Shoe Of The Day

While I was apprenticing in the workshop of Stefano Bemer, my friend Matteo was making this shoe for a client and because of it’s uniqueness and beauty I just had to take a picture of it. In case you can’t see color very well, it is a deep emerald green and the leather is cordovan. The fact that it was cordovan was what intrigued me due to the fact that you usually only see this […]