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March 30, 2015

Polish Shoemakers – Don’t Knock It ‘Til You Try It!

Today has just been manic, only now getting 5 seconds to get to the computer. Don’t even know where the day went? Oh well, it happens. Anyway, to make up for lack up words, I will just give you some pictures of a few of Jan Kielman’s shoes, who is Poland’s most famous shoemaker. And he does a great value for money too, just search his name in my ‘search bar’ on the bottom right.  

May 7, 2014

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Another Trip to Aubercy

During my last trip to Paris, I managed to sneak by the shop one of my favorite shoemakers in the whole world: Aubercy. It’a always nice to see my good friend Xavier (the CEO), his family and any new shoe models that they were working on. However, my main intentions were to actually inquire more about their bespoke shoe program, which I had heard had taken a turn since the last time that I was […]

April 24, 2014

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Camel – The New Exotic by Corthay

Corthay has come up with a new leather to use that I don’t believe has ever really been utilized in the high end shoe industry (not at least in the modern era), and that is the likes of good ‘ol camel. Supposedly it’s pliability (8x that of calf) makes it a really durable, yet also very comfortable leather to wear. My question is how would it take a shine? Probably not very well as most […]

January 20, 2014

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Laszlo Vass Saddle Derbys

I was having a chat with my good friend Thomas Kalflo (patina artist for G&G) yesterday about how crocodile/alligator leather allows for an infinitely better patina due to the scales of the skin and the depth of shading that it thus allows. The problem though is that it is also infinitely harder and takes a very long time, 10 hours for a full pair. The reason being that you have to do it scale by […]