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dress loafers Archive

October 19, 2020

Creative Loafer Design by Francis Waplinger

I have always loved the look of the Belgian style loafer design, but was never a huge fan of their traditional sole that was essentially built as a house slipper. Being a big loafer fan, in general, I was always waiting for someone to make that more mainstream in terms of a solid, dress shoe style that could be worn more ‘practically.’  And while I think that there have been a few brands that have […]

September 4, 2020

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Understanding Shoe Colors Online, and Lighting

In photography, lighting is key. It is 70% of the battle in my opinion. If the lighting (or camera setting with that lighting) is not right it is very hard to then capture the true color of something, especially certain shades of leather. All different types of lighting will also give a different interpretation of something. In most cases there are these types of lighting: Daylight, Sunlight, White Light, Yellow Light, Low Lighting (think your […]

June 29, 2020

Industry Secrets Part 1: ‘Handmade’ is a Lie

  Pictures in post represent what actual handmade shoes look like. The thing about me is that I believe lying is the most dangerous weaponry there is. It can fool millions, deceive entire groups of people, and lead many to have a perception that is built on falsehood. 90% of brands that claim their shoes are handmade are a part of that great deception. Your shoes are not handmade. Yet that is what they want […]

June 25, 2020

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New Belgian Loafer Style by Löf & Tung

Löf and Tung has beat me to the punch! Haha. I have been thinking about doing my own welted version of the famous Belgian loafer style but it looks like the great Swedish brand has come first to market and its about time someone did (someone in the more ‘affordable’ range – as G&G is not exactly afforded by all). Its great looking too. Not yet available for RTW but I believe that you can […]

June 15, 2020

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Meermin Unlined Loafers – New Collection

Spanish shoemakers, Meermin Mallorca, has just launched a new collection of unlined loafers for Summer and I must say that the collection is impressive to say the very least. Mainly for its impressive size as they seem to offer nearly all of their new models in this unlined option, in both men and women, from penny loafers to tassel loafers, to my favorite style of theirs which is the plain loafer with a stitched apron. […]

May 15, 2020

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My Friday Combo – 80 Degrees in NYC!

Today is the hottest day of the year (for NYC), getting up to 84 degrees Farenheit so I finally broke out a short sleeve shirt, a linen jacket, some bold socks and a pair loafers to celebrate! This whole lockdown in NYC has led to some pretty drab sartorial decisions, often plagued with sweat pants and hoodies so being that we finally have some beautiful weather and NYC is acting more ‘open’ than locked down […]

May 4, 2020

German Bespoke Shoemaker – Atelier Leonard Kahlcke

I love discovering new shoemakers. I love even more seeing new shoe designs though. Blend the two and it becomes a very exciting thing. German Bespoke shoemaker, Atelier Leonard Kahlcke is someone new to me and coming out with some very cool shoes. This penny loafer particularly caught my eye as something truly unique yet not overly crazy. A simple idea that is profoundly different and allows a lot of playfulness in the final product. […]

April 17, 2020

A Butterfly Loafer Done Differently

The Butterfly loafer has come a long way from its home of London Shoemakers to the world stage, being now offered by Italian, Indian, American, French shoemakers. And even more British makers are having a run at it. Crockett & Jones, the leading British shoemaker in my opinion, finally decided to launch their own version after having made the model for other British shoe brands for the past 40 years. Its gaining ground and in […]

April 13, 2020

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Paul Parkman Launches Bit Loafers

Used to be that you only found Bit loafers from the top Italian designer brands, think Gucci, Ferragamo and Prada. But 2019 brought to you a whole wave of makers coming out with their own version of the classic Bit Loafer model. As the saying goes, style always reinvents itself and as of late, it has done so with this love/hate model. The reason I say love/hate model as I really think that when it […]

March 2, 2020

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Crockett & Jones Spring 2020 Loafers – Now Live and Electrifying!

It’s a new day and famous English shoemakers, Crockett & Jones, is taking bounds and leaps in 2020, which is very pleasing to see to say the least. I love their new Spring/Summer line up. Probably my favorite collection of theirs that I have seen. Mainly because I am very partial to two of the models: The Braided Loafers and the Butterfly loafers. Two of my all-time favorite loafer styles. So needless to say, my […]