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Maftei RTW for Shoes Fever

For those of you a fan of the Austro-Hungarian style of shoemaking you will be pleased to know that one shop in South Korea, named Shoes Fever, has started carrying Maftei Ready to Wear shoes. In a world of cell phones and laptops and free worldwide shipping (for companies that can afford to offer that), one no longer has to take a trip to Vienna to acquire a pair of shoes from the famous Austrian/Romanian […]

March 19, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #7 — Paolo Scafora

  Paolo Scafora is based in Naples, Italy, and was founded by Gennaro Scafora, who named the company after his son. Today, Paolo Scafora runs the company with his name attached to it. Originally they had been known for a very Italian style of shoemaking, with very daring patinas, wide sole edges and a characteristically extreme square toe. In recent years, however, they have diversified their style, still distinctly Italian shoes, but with more classically styled last shapes and tighter […]

March 16, 2018

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Online SAMPLE SALE

Greetings! This year we had a lot of stock for our annual in-store sample sale, enough to finally put the leftovers (which we normally don’t have) online for the world to get a chance at purchasing our shoes at bargain prices. Our sample sale stock is a collection of seconds, actual samples, MTOs and production shoes made with errors (not necessarily a quality issue but a detail made wrong etc), and some old stock. There […]

March 14, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #6 — Mario Bemer

To read more about The London Super Trunk Show 2018, this April 7th, please CLICK HERE Mario Bemer started working for his brother Stefano’s company back in 1999. When Stefano Bemer passed away 2012, Mario went on and started his own brand. With him from Bemer came bespoke shoemaker Seiji Miyagawa, they now have built up a small workshop in Florence with some additional staff, and have a business making both bespoke there and RTW/MTO at […]

March 12, 2018

The Seaweed Patina by The Shine

Not only was I intrigued by the photo and the lovely pairing of colors, but what I really loved with the unique choice of name for the patina. All too often do we say ‘Dark Green,’ or ‘British Racing Green’ or rather something very common. But I have never heard anyone use the word Seaweed to describe a type of green, yet I love it! (even though I don’t like the taste of it!). On […]

March 8, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #5 — Jsep (Japanese brands)

To get acquainted with the London Super Trunk Show 2018, PLEASE READ HERE Ahead of the upcoming free-trade-agreement with the EU, four Japanese brands are able to be introduced to the European market (with Brexit it’s still uncertain what will happen in England with this, but we shall see). Jsep, or Japan Shoes Export Platform, are introducing Matsumoto, Miyagi Kogyo, Kanpekina and Kiten. We are very excited to have them be a part of the super […]

March 7, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Shoe Shining Qualifiers

  A Frenchman living in England, a Singaporean based in Japan, and a Brazilian who lives in Switzerland – these are the three finalists in the World Championships in Shoe Shining 2018. They will battle it out at the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, where they will have 20 minutes to polish up a shoe as nice as possible. The championship takes place during the London Super Trunk Show, hosted on Saturday, April […]

February 28, 2018

Patina Croc Loafers via MTO by Septieme Largeur

As I get older, I start to like more and more crocodile/alligator products but still mainly limited to loafers and small details. What I am not crazy about is the overbearingness that exotic leather can sometimes give when it is say a wholecut oxford and doesn’t have any lines to break it up. That is why I like it in penny loafers and also why I tend to like it when it has a patina to […]

February 25, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear New GMTOs 2018

My company J.FitzPatrick Footwear has recently launched their latest set of GMTOs and are doing things a little bit different this offering. A lot of what you see here are models that have never even existed in our RTW collection, such as the two new ghillie offerings as well as the Bothell loafer and the Puyallup button boot and lastly the Sunnyside adelaide, thus making a much more attractive offering. These models all exist in […]

February 23, 2018

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Carlos Santos w/ Darkened Brogueing

Even though it can look pretty cheap, I have always loved the accent of a brogueing that has been darkened to the rest of the shoe. For me, it adds character to what otherwise can be a boring shoe. And maybe it is just because I am not crazy about lighter leather shoes like tan and the like and think that adding such accent makes them more wearable. I mean, I wouldn’t probably do it […]