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June 20, 2016

Norman Vilalta Colored Grain Loafers

The first time I saw these colored grain loafers, I knew that they were going to be successful and the fact that Norman Vilalta was presenting them at Pitti means that it must have become true. It would appear that demand has been high for them so I believe that Norman is putting them into a regular RTW rotation. The question is which color will be the most popular? My heart always goes out towards […]

May 25, 2015

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Edward Green for the Spring!

When I have a spare 5-10 minutes and am heading towards my cobbler, I always pop my head into the Edward Green shop on Jermyn st. to see what they have recently cooked up for new models/colorways. Recently I had those spare minutes so took the time to go see their new S/S stock which consisted of many new interesting things. While EG is quite classic in nature of shoe styles, what I really like […]

Norman Vilalta Loafers = Killer!!!!

  This has to be one of the coolest shoes that I have seen in a long time and it’s no wonder that is coming from my good friend Norman Vilalta who is quickly taking the industry by storm. Having launch his RTW collection not too long ago in NYC at Leffot, I feel quite excited to see the cool things that he comes up with next. These loafers are just outrageous and it has […]

February 6, 2015

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The At Home Patina

So a client recently showed me his very first attempt at patina which I must say was quite impressive. His goal was not to look like a 5 year old had done it, and I have to say that what came out looks better than many of what the so-called patina artists produce. (Not ones that I show on the blog, but the countless others) Nicknaming it the ‘Tortoise’ look, I have to say that […]

November 5, 2014

Loafers by Corno Blu

Saddle strap (not necessarily saddle per se, but full strap) loafers –like the one above– seem to be making a big come back these days. Putting the strap just on top of the vamp –like the one below– for me just isn’t as appealing anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I like them still, but something about that extending strap makes it more intriguing for me (and I am starting to believe that this might be […]

October 24, 2014

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Cloth Used in Shoes by Herring

Using cloth in shoes is getting bigger and bigger these days and I personally, as always, am quite happy to see it. This pair, by Herring, worn by my good friend, Gui Bo (of Men Need More Style), is a perfect example of a brilliant execution. I have been so inspired these days that I have decided to do my own version too! (penny loafer though) However it probably wont be out for a year […]

May 6, 2014

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Septieme Largeur Goes Italian

I love it when a shoe company attempts a stereotypical design characteristic of another country. For example the chisel toe, which I believe to be historically English has been attempted by many other countries. I particularly love the way that the French shoemakers do a chisel. Not to take away from the English companies, but the French ones, to me, seem to add something to it that makes it more favorable in my eyes. That […]

April 16, 2014

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Spring Time is Here – Get Your Good Shoes out!

The sun is out and I could not be happier. It was a long, cold, dark winter here in London and some consistent sun has been much needed. Although I am not entirely sure that consistency is guaranteed here in Sunny ‘Ol. That being, it’s time to break out your light shoes as well as your good ones that you were worried about getting wet. Just today I went a bit flash and broke out […]

January 23, 2014

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The Loafer’s Loafer by Scarpe Di Bianco

Back when I used to work for Nordstrom, there used to be this Ferragamo loafer (pictured below) that was pretty much discontinued but that must have been the most popular loafer of the 80’s & 90’s as we always used to get these old boys coming in asking for them and then complaining when we used to tell them that they no longer existed. They looked just like these (as you can see the resemblance […]

November 5, 2013

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Cleverley Bespoke’s

Not too long ago, George Cleverley held a one day/night sale for some of their bespoke shoes that were never collected by their customers… All in all there were about 40-50 pairs available, all of abnormal shapes and sizes…and only a few of regular people’s feet. What was cool however, were some of the styles. My favorites being the ones presented here in this post. I particularly liked the Naval colors used on that loafer. […]