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June 29, 2017

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Using Lies to Sell Shoes

In England, it is a common thing to have a section of commercial advertisements in the back of the style magazines so that brands of all kind can show off a featured product, list its price, how to buy it and a brief description. I always check it out because every now and then you can find some interesting shoes there, sometimes by brands that I have never heard of either. The thing that I […]

October 17, 2013

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“Designers” Have No Limits – Rubbish Welcomed

Getting older has seemed to make me go a bit soft, as my snobbish side is not as loud as it used to be and I seem to only write positive stuff these days (relatively). But seeing things like this just make me want to lash out. I mean, who would wear these? Just maybe (big just) could I think that it would be fun to wear mismatched laces (not that I would do it […]

August 27, 2013

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Shoes, Socks & Ties

It is often said that shoes are an accessory to an outfit. I have never really agreed with this train of thought as I believe that shoes are one of the more integral (if not the most integral) parts of your wardrobe. Without them you can’t really go out in public. And in even in some cases, you would not be allowed into an establishment without them. This clearly contradicts the idea of an accessory, […]

August 5, 2013

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My New Camera + George Cleverley = Better Photography From Now On!!!

So, a lot has been going on these days, not only personally with the birth of my new son (and thus the problems that I am now having with time management and getting back to emails and comments) but also with the company and the new projects that we are taking on. As you can clearly see by reading this, I have a new blog platform. And while I am terribly excited by this and […]

July 9, 2013

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Balmoral Darby by Septieme Largeur – Pure Greatness!!

Here is an rememberance to one of Septieme Largeur’s greatest piece of footwear excellence, The Derby Balmoral! In all its glory it is one of the best derbys that I have ever seen and mainly so because of the fact that it provides a mirage of being an oxford. And those that know me well also know that I am not only weak for balmorals but also for a nice, clean plain-toe that highlights the shape of […]

July 8, 2013

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Life As A Shoe Designer: Part 1 – An Explanatory Overview

The day that I put my shoes out onto the shelves of Gieves & Hawkes and thus ready for sale, was a good day. Even better was my launch party that must have accumulated around 100 guests, all of which were readers of the blogs or friends of theirs interested in the brand. It was a proud day for myself and it represented the commencement of the goal that I put in place way back […]

June 19, 2013

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What I Am Wearing + New Chisel Last

The sun is finally starting to come out these days, well at least the heat is….the rain can’t make up it’s mind whether or not it wants to give London a break or just call it fall all year long. But hey, either way, it’s warm enough to take the risk of breaking out the light colored shoes (and trousers!), otherwise reserved for summer. That being, I decided to break out my new Fremont II, […]

May 17, 2013

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Bestetti Back at it Again – Seamless Wholecuts and Such!

There is something magical about Riccardo Bestetti’s shoes. It’s hard to pinpoint it as there are so many factors that make them beautiful and maybe that is it. The conglomeration of all the small details, i.e. the hand-finishing, the elegant and tightly shaped lasts, the magnificent and unique patterns, the high sheen polish etc….. Nearly every time I see a new one, I fall in love. Each one of these shown is amazing, particularly the […]

May 3, 2013

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The Beauty of a Patina

The beauty of leather is the fact that it can be altered, not only in color (through dye) but also in depth (through shine). Color (aka dye) and polish can transform a shoe beyond most people’s imaginations. A shoe that would otherwise look like a boring and dull model can ultimately be made to look like the greatest thing ever with a bit of creativity through the imagination of a brilliant patina artist. Such creativity […]

January 28, 2013

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A Surge Of New Shoe Stores

Men are becoming far more intelligent when it comes to shoes, and distinguishing the ones that separate themselves from the rest of the garbage out there. I like to think that many of the visionaries like Steven Taffel of Leffot, Tom Park of Leather Soul, Reto Zimmermann of Zimmermann & Kim, Mark Cho of The Armoury and the many bloggers out there, like myself, Mr. Hugo Jacomet & Mr. Simon Crompton (to name a few) […]