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October 5, 2012

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J.M. Weston’s New Shop On Jermyn St.

For those that don’t know, J.M. Weston is French. I feel that I must state this, as I, like many people at one point have thought that due to their Anglo-Saxon sounding name, they were British. But is not the case. That being, they are actually in reality, one of the strongest (if not the strongest) and oldest names in French footwear. Their classic penny loafer has been reinvented 10 million ways by 10 million […]

July 2, 2012

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A Shoe For Every Color

Septieme Largeur – Light Gray The best thing about the modern dress shoe industry is this ability to possess practically any color of shoe that you want. With patina artists ever so prevalent in France (and even Japan), it’s almost as easy as choosing paint for your house: mix a couple of colors together and come up with some puke colored concoction or better yet, the perfect shade of gray (like this shoe above by […]

April 30, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Bestetti’s ‘Gladiators’

It’s been another one of those Mondays that I just could not seem to get the time to bust out my long post. That being, it will have to wait until tomorrow, and you all will just have to settle with a short, but sweet post for today. While I had never really been the biggest fan of this type of shoe, until I saw a version made by Riccardo Bestetti, I must say that […]

September 28, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Crocodile Whole Cuts by Riccardo Bestetti

There is beauty and then there is beauty. These shoes by Riccardo Bestetti fall into both categories. There is nothing quite like a whole cut shoe in crocodile, as I believe this is the only way that one should have it. Just the other day, this American gentleman was in G&H and he had a pair of crocodile cowboy boots in sea blue coloring that he wanted me to shine. While I was not so […]

August 10, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Random’s

I am in a bit of a rush this morning and could not think of a specific maker that I wanted to write about so I thought that I would just filter through my ‘random’ pictures folder. That being, I am will put up some shoes here, but may not 100% sure about who the maker is. For example, I believe that the stunning spat boot above is made by Aubercy, but also have this […]

July 3, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Crocodile Loafers By Bestetti

Using crocodile (or alligator) on a pair of shoes, is most likely one of those things that you either love or absolutely hate. I have always had a mixed feeling, where on some shoes I think it looks atrocious, and on others, I could not see it done better. This loafer, by Bestetti, would fall into the latter category. I do find crocodile to be on the ostentatious side of the leather spectrum, so do […]

February 10, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Clairvoy

Yet another French shoemaker who makes beautiful shoes! I can’t really say much about Clairvoy except that they have a deep history in making shoes for famous artists in the world of French theatre, whether it was cabaret, music-hall or opera, and were even known to make shoes for the famous show, Moulin Rouge. But other than that, I feel like they are relatively unknown. I one day just happened to stumble upon them but […]

December 10, 2010

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Today’s Favorites – Marc Guyot’s Unique Derby

The French never cease to amaze me when it comes to being stylistically and colorfully creative in the world of shoes. Here you can see that shoe designer Marc Guyot achieved just that by slightly modifying the design of the common derby model. What I like most about it, is that the extra piece of leather gives you the chance to add another color into the mix, as Mr. Guyot did as well. While I […]

August 27, 2010

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Silvano Sassetti

A common misconception in this world is that most brands make their own shoes. WRONG! On the contrary, most brands have lesser known factories produce their shoes for them. Silvano Sassetti happens to be one of these factories, one of the finest in Italy who has been producing shoes for the likes of many large and famous labels around the world since the mid-nineties. Having learned to make shoes from a master craftsmen in his […]

June 3, 2010

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Shoe Of The Day

When making a spectator using crocodile and calfskin, or another smooth leather, I really feel like it is hit or miss on how the final product comes out. They are either beautiful or butt-ugly! This one here by a.Testoni, I happen to find very well done. What is interesting about the model is how it’s vamp extends all the way to the heel breaking up the quarter and completely leaving out the counter. I find […]