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September 15, 2017

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Crockett & Jones New A/W17 Collection

While Summer is still technically something we can claim for 6 more days, on a weather and style basis it is over, and many brands are now preparing and launching their products for the A/W season that is upon us. Crockett and Jones, as you can see here have added some new things to the mix, like that pair of roughed up blue chelsea boots, a v-shaped gore on the beetle boot, the new highlighted wing […]

February 23, 2017

London Super Trunk Show – Brand Showcase #2 – Carlos Santos for Skoaktiebolaget

Carlos Santos from Portugal has been around for several decades and are quite big in some parts of Europe and in Japan. But it wasn’t until the famous Swedish shoe store Skoaktiebolaget started carrying the brand that the menswear & shoe aficionados of the world got their eyes open to the very price-worthy shoes made in the large and effective factory hailing from Portugal’s shoe region São João da Madeira, just north of Porto. With a year of […]

February 1, 2017

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Fur Inside Smart Boots? Yay or Nay?

I have always been a bit skeptical about fur inside of boots. It’s not the most ‘manly’ thing (this is what I thought when I was younger). And it wasn’t until I spent a few days of Winter in Latvia where it got to around -20 centigrade. I wore my Snoqualmie boots with thick socks but realized that it was not sufficient in keeping my feet warm. My girlfriend had warned me about it, telling […]

January 5, 2017

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Christian Kimber Capri Boots – Now On Sale!

There are two things highly underrated with this featured boot: crepe soles and black suede. I have always loved black suede and been fascinated by pairing dress shoes/boots with crepe soles and it’s nice to see that someone has done it, once and for all. The Capri boot by Christian Kimber, for me, is like the perfect harmony between a Timberland classic boot mixed with a bit of Edward Green Galway and for that, I […]

December 20, 2016

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Leather Is Not What You Think

The shoe industry is ever evolving. What was fact last year, is not this year and won’t be next year. What I mean by that (and this is something that I have mentioned before) is that one can no longer say, ‘the best this is from here and the best that is from there.’ These concepts no longer hold true. Sure, some of the best shoes come from England, but that no longer means that […]

February 16, 2016

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Edward Green – New Last, New Models

Another brand always visited at Pitti Uomo is Edward Green. And they always have something new and exciting being added to their mix of greatness. This season, that new detail took place in the form of a new last, the 915. From what I gathered it is a extension of the 82, meaning that they took inspiration from the 82 to make a new last that is ever so slightly more pointed. And I love […]

November 4, 2015

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Barbanera – The Review

Let me start off by saying that the pictures in this post don’t do the boots justice. It was with my old camera and in a place with terrible lighting. In hindsight, I should have taken them all outside. Nevertheless, here is the review of my first pair of Barbanera boots. I had taken receipt of these Kerouac boots at the beginning of the this year, having only got to wear them a couple of […]

July 16, 2015

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Correspondent Shoes – Italian Style

  A friend of mine, who is a great lover of Italian styled shoes (specifically Bontoni and Branchini) and two-tones decided to start his own online distribution channel, ‘Correspondent Shoes,’ selling a handful of brands that cater to those that like things a bit more on the bold side. Some of the shoes on there are quite cool and some of them not so much, but I guess to each his own. The ones highlighted […]

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.  

March 27, 2015

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Boots All Year ‘Round!

I have found myself wearing a lot of boots lately, even though the sun is starting to creep out. Now, I have always loved boots and could probably be quite satisfied with simply having them (and only them) in my wardrobe but seeing their increasing prevalence in the industry makes me think that even though they are higher cut in terms of touching above our ankles, there is no reason why they can’t be worn […]