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August 15, 2014

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An Interesting Derby by Roberto Ugolini

  A blog reader had a good day recently by receiving his brand new bespoke Roberto Ugolini shoes. As it is quite a unique design (and cool shoe) he thought that he would share it with me (which I am glad that he did!). As it was indeed unique, I thought that I would share it all with you, since I am sure that like me, many of you enjoy seeing a new execution of […]

August 13, 2014

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Carreducker Goes For Blood (Red that is)!

The idea of doing a red shoe has always been appealing to me. The execution of doing it is the hard part. Here Carreducker goes to show that it is in fact not that hard at all. You just have to do it! And boy is this one bright red. There is no mistaking that for burgundy or the likes. And while I have an attraction to it, I must admit that I would find […]

August 12, 2014

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JM Weston – New Range for A/W 2014

I have been in a crazy rush today as I had taken off yesterday to tour my family around London, so everything is a bit delayed today, including emails as per usual. So bear with me if you have an outstanding one. But as always I will respond to it all. I have recently been made aware of JM Weston’s new upcoming A/WW 2014 range and I wanted to share it with all of you. […]

July 28, 2014

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Carmina at Pitti – New Things to Come!

While at Pitti I visited my friends at Carmina and needless to say I was quite impressed with all of their new models/colorways that I saw, particularly this lovely combination in their balmoral boot as well as this new slip-on/oxford model directly below. Carmina never ceases to impress and seeing their showroom really gave me an idea of how big they are as a brand in reality. They don’t do a lot of marketing or […]

July 14, 2014

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Awl & Sundry – Customization Made Easy

  As I have said before, it is always interesting to see a new shoe brand coming out and thus figuring out what it brings to the table. Those that bring nothing, usually fade away, but those that create something unique and unlike what anyone has done before (or better than an existing company) usually do well and stick around for at least a while. In comes Awl & Sundry, a new brand who has […]

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 16, 2014

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The Simple Boot by VASS

I have been really really getting into boots as of late. I mean, far worse than I already was if you can believe that. The more that I see them the more that I want them, all styles included too; from balmoral boots, to spat boots, to derby Boots and all the lovely chukka boots. Doing a count in my head, I just realized that I now own 8 boots (after literally just giving one […]

December 18, 2013

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The Country Shoe – My Way

I have always liked the idea of a heavy brogue shoe with a thick sole (think classic longwing in pebble/scoth grain by Trickers). That being I liked the look of this ideal model and I liked the idea of it being a stomper that could last you a long time but the only problem is that I never liked the heavy aspect of it. It was a contradiction in itself, but I knew that there […]

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, […]