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November 26, 2012

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Interview: Steven Taffel, Owner of Leffot in NYC

Q: For those that have not heard your story, can you briefly explain how you came to envision the concept of Leffot shoe store? A: I was surprised by the men’s shoe offerings in New York. It seemed to me the selection was lacking and service was average. There were several ‘brand’ shoe stores but multi brand was limited and uninspiring. Big stores are over assorted, which can be confusing when, trying to shop, at […]

November 23, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Bally Scribe

I can’t say that I know a lot about Bally shoes, particularly because I know that within the last 10 years there has been some rocky roads with all of the ownership changes but what I can say is that I have always liked their higher-end line, what is now called (or possibly always) Scribe. Traditionally made in Switzerland (and I think brought back to there), the Scribe shoe has always been built on the […]

November 19, 2012

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Ed Et Al — Remastered

A good businessman should always do at least one of two things (if not both): treat their employees well and listen to the concerns of their customers in regards to the product or service offering. Edwin Neo, taking into account the reputation of his company Ed Et Al, and the shoes that fall under that brand, did just that and has most recently revamped his shoe offerings in order to fix the concerns laid out by […]

November 5, 2012

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Meermin Mallorca – A Review & Appreciation

For some time now, I have been hearing and reading about this brand called Meermin Mallorca. It would have appeared that not long ago they had just popped onto the scene and had been making major headway, with lots of talk about them through the forums and blogs of the shoe industry. This obviously had piqued my interest, but not so much to really do something about it. But then, a few of you indicated […]

November 2, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Clematis

With as many Japanese shoemakers that I discover month after month, I really get the feeling that Japan is just a haystack full of needles waiting to be discovered. There is never a time that I find a new maker that is disappointing and Clematis is no exception. Having no idea their history, all I know is that I discovered them by chance and fell in love with the a lot of their models. What […]

October 31, 2012

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Some More Patina Greatness….More Art Than Shoe!

There aren’t many shoes that I would be afraid to wear, but in the case of this model above (by Corthay), I think that I would just might have to leave it sitting in a glass case, for fear of ever ruining that amazing patina. And while many of the more practical people in the world, may look at this and think, “who the f*** would wear that?”, I am thinking, “Who the in […]

October 15, 2012

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Septieme Largeur Fall/Winter Product

A trip to Paris is not complete without me giving Septieme Largeur a visit to see what they have been cooking up! And it just so happened that a lot of their Fall/Winter 2012 product was coming in and I had the chance to take a couple of snaps for all of you to preview. I never tire of this brand because there is always something fresh to see, whether it’s a new patina color/variation […]

October 9, 2012

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My Trip To Aubercy Part 2: Bespoke/More MTO

The thing about Xavier was that he was probably the most passionate person I have ever met. We talked for over an hour and a half and it was so clear that his shoes and the quality of them was the most important thing in the world to him. Money, mass distribution, online sales etc….none of this stuff mattered, only making the shoes to the best possible standard that he could. This was so admirable […]

August 30, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Camouflage Patina by Alexander Nurulaeff

Camouflage has been quite popular as of lately, particularly in dress casual footwear. I have never really been a huge fan of it myself, nor the idea of wearing it, but that has never stopped me from appreciating it, particularly when it’s done in a manner such as this one here by Mr. Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care. The pink tongue addition was a nice touch that I think helps to separate it from […]

August 21, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Random Beauties

Gaziano & Girling Dear All, I have been filming all day long and simply don’t have enough time to write anything out, so I will leave you a bunch of lovely shoes from pictures of the amazing Tumblr blog, Rugged Old Salt. Best, Justin, “The Shoe Snob” Gaziano & Girling Saint Crispins This and bottom ones Spigola by Koji Suzuki