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November 1, 2019

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Crockett & Jones NYC – Part 1: East 55th St.

(Picture heavy post) It’s been more than two years that I have been in NYC now and I finally just had the chance to visit the Crockett & Jones shop on East 55th st, where I was able to meet the team and take some photographs. Having spent 7 years in London, I was well acquainted with all of their Central London shops, as not only did I walk by them nearly on a daily […]

October 10, 2019

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Carmina’s Custom Weekend – MTO Fees Waived!!

Carmina is hosting a ‘Custom Weekend’ from today until the 13th by which they are offering Waived MTO Fees on their custom shoe/boot offerings. And on top of that, they are also providing a special shoe care kit with each pair purchased. Not a bad deal huh! The only catch is that you have 3 days to get that order in, so now is the time to get cracking on those custom shoe designs that […]

September 30, 2019

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Carmina on The Marketplace

Our ‘Buy & Sell’ Forum, the Marketplace, has a lot of great shoes at a lot of great prices. And the famous Spanish shoemaker, Carmina, has a lot of solid pairs on offer. Some at great prices for great pieces, others are a bit inflated in their pricing. But the beauty of The Marketplace is that you can make ‘offers’ to the sellers in case they are inflating the asking price. But at the same […]

August 22, 2019

Carmina’s Shell Cordovan Chukka Boot MTO in 8 Colors

Carmina has recently done a GMTO run that is apparently over but that went into regular production as you can still purchase the pairs at hand. The latest model is this Horween Shell Cordovan chukka boot in 8 colors. Put on a Dainite sole with storm welt, I can see this boot getting a lot of use in the A/W for most chaps that like chukka boots. Being Cordovan it will be hard-wearing and good […]

October 31, 2014

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The Cordovan Loafer by Crockett & Jones

I have never personally understood the huge, cult-like appeal to cordovan. I mean, it shines really nice, lasts really long and is durable, but I guess for the upcharge that you have to pay to get all of that, I have never really thought twice about it. The only shoe that I have every fancied to have in cordovan is the classic loafer, whether it be a penny or tassel version. While you can get […]

July 8, 2014

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Bi-Color Cordovan by Enrile

Usually I am not crazy about the split in color on a derby where the vamp/toe is one color and the quarter/counter is another. For some reason the difference between the colors splitting between top to bottom (like on a balmoral) is so much more pleasing to my eye in comparison to the colors splitting from left to right. I don’t know why this is but it is. This model by Spanish shoemaker Enrile took […]

February 13, 2014

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Hiro Yanagimachi’s New Models

There is nothing like a new shoe design and the one that is shown on this saddle shoe, by Hiro Yanagimachi, is not like any that I have ever seen before. Being apart of the shoe nerds on the web one frequently comes across the likes of Koji Suzuki, Masaru Okuyama and Yohei Fukada but one does not really hear of Hiro Yanagimachi, not at least in the Western World. But according to some, he […]

October 14, 2013

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Boots are the Next Big Thing

  Boots are popping up everywhere and it’s not just because A/W is coming. For the last year or so, it really seems that people have been more and more keen on getting a nice pair of boots that can transition between smart casual wear (think chinos with sport coats) all the way down to wearing with your jeans for your relaxing Sunday. And why not? As we get older and don’t really want to […]

August 31, 2013

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Issues with the Blog

  Dear Readers, I am not sure if any of you have been experiencing problems viewing the blog or issues with slow processing times, but it would appear that I have been, which is not good as the blog’s author and moderator. So, you may notice that things will be changing such as putting the blog back to the way it was when I first launched it, now having to click “read more” to see […]

August 12, 2013

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New Bespoke Cleverley Models

George Cleverley has come out with a few new bespoke models this A/W2013 that look very promising and exciting! I particularly like the double monk, but am also quite intrigued by the brogue with what seems to have the most brogueing in the world. It’s looks very ‘old world.’ It reminds me of something from the 30’s/40’s, particularly how it looks as if they stitched the welt with about 18-20 stitches to the inch (10-12 […]