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August 21, 2015

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Red Brogues by Dimitri Gomez Bottier

I have always had a fascination with the idea of wearing red shoes. The problem is that it is very hard to do. I actually have a pair, of quite red ones (like cherry red), but yet they may see the light of day once a year, if not less. It’s not that I don’t like wearing them but in a city like London where one is constantly bombarded by people, judging ones at that, […]

December 29, 2014

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Victorian Boots by Dimitri Gomez

If I had to choose one style of shoe/boot to wear for the rest of my life, it would definitely be an oxford boot. For me, they can go with everything from suits to jeans and everything in between. The only problem is that they have to be done in a very sleek manner for them to be able to fall nicely under a pair of slick suit trousers (according to many, I put the […]

August 25, 2014

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The Saddle Shoe is Back!

I am starting to see a lot more dressy saddle shoes lately and I am quite pleased by that as it is probably my favorite type of dress shoe. As I have said before, for me, the saddle shoe creates the perfect opportunity for a well balanced two-toned shoe. Even if one was to be monotone but bi-material, it still presents a subtly elegant duality but one that is nonetheless noticeably present. And that is […]

May 27, 2014

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Dimitri Gomez Bespoke Balmoral Boot

This is one of the nicest photos I have seen in awhile. Not because it’s done in any fancy way, but simply for all of the textures/color/light variations that make up the whole photo. But what I really like best about this boot by Dimitri Gomez it is the old world reminiscence that it provides, reminding me of how shoes used to be made back in the Victorian/Edwardian Eras. When you look at boots from […]

March 30, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Dimitri Gomez French Derby

I just realized that I don’t own any derby shoes, not dress ones at least, just those blue suede/white sole Churchs. Funny that, even funnier that I never really realized it, nor have even thought to purchase one with a leather sole. I have always known that I am not the biggest fan of them, but it never occurred to me that due to that, they were left overlooked in the wardrobe department. I have […]

February 17, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Dimitri Bottier Seamless Whole Cut

It’s amazing that the hardest shoe to make, is the shoe that has the least amount of detail to it. And while I can’t really back that statement up with in-depth description of how it is done (since I am not entirely sure), I can say that the seamless wholecut is something that few people can create. This model here, by legendary bespoke maker Dimitri Gomez, is a perfect example of just how beautiful this […]

February 9, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Black Shoes

Two Above: Gaziano & Girling Two Above: Corthay (Pictures Courtesy Of: Leffot) Boot Above: Carreducker Shoe Above: Dimitri Bottier Today, one of my readers told me that he was under the impression that I was anti black shoes and disagreed with me on that regard. While I assured him that it was not the case, I understood why he may have been under that impression due to my recent writing as well as some in […]

July 14, 2010

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Monk Straps

Why don’t you ever see anyone wear monk strap shoes? I really can’t figure it out. You hardly ever see them for sale at stores and even more rarely see them being worn. I feel like they are going into extinction. But why?? Are you afraid to wear them? Do you like them? In my encounters with them and bringing them out to customers on the sales floor I feel like they are the leper […]

July 10, 2010

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Shoe Of The Day

First off, I just want to apologize for the long absence without a proper article but planning a wedding, getting married and taking a short honeymoon takes up much of your free time. I promise that I will post one of Tuesday! To kind of drag on this wedding shoe stuff I thought that I would post something that satisfies both the classic man who wants to wear black, shiny shoes as well as the […]

June 24, 2010

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Burgundy Shoes – Where The Hell Are They??

Why is it so hard to find nice burgundy colored shoes? They used be everywhere. Now you have to scrounge to find them and 80% of the ones you find are some ugly-ass Bass Wejun styled loafer that your grandfather would have worn. For such an elegant color that is extremely versatile, you would think that it would be more readily available by many shoe brands. I guess with this new ‘brown being the new […]