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October 17, 2018

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Penny Loafers – Classic Round Toe or Modern Elongated Toe?

The penny loafer is the most classic style of loafer there is. And probably my least favorite as I personally prefer a butterfly or wholecut version. But I am not the end all be all as most of the world still loves a good ‘ol fashioned Penny strap version. But the question now is which version is more preferred by the people: the classic round last or the modern elongated toe? I have always preferred […]

October 11, 2018

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Gaziano & Girling – US Tour

Gaziano and Girling are on the road with a 5 city showing across the US coasts, highlighting not only their bespoke samples but also their new Fresco Range. For those of you still yet to see a pair now is your chance to get in there and see what real shoemaking is all about. See dates and times and appt emails below! Happy Thursday! Justin FitzPatrick

September 10, 2018

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Boot Season is Upon Us! — John Lobb Apron Stunners

As painful as it is for some, sadly enough Summer is coming to an end. And while it might not feel like it, those massive drops in temperature are right around the corner. I, on the other hand, have had enough of Summer (especially the humidity) and am ready to welcome the Autumn season with my arms open and my jackets on them! I love boots and I love layering. My second sickness behind shoes/boots […]

September 5, 2018

Tony Gaziano Interview & Singapore Trunk Show

For those of you interested in reading the thoughts of master last and pattern maker and one of my mentors in the shoe industry, Kevin Seah has just done a nice interview on Tony Gaziano of Gaziano & Girling at the LINK HERE.  The shoe business is a tough one and most people see it as glamorous from the outside looking in, but in the thick of it, you go through a lot of ups […]

August 27, 2018

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Crockett & Jones – ‘Black Editions’ Collection for Winter

Crockett and Jones have recently launched the beginnings of their A/W collection, titled ‘Black Editions.’ As you can see these are definitely geared towards a heavy Winter not only having a storm welt but also commando soles. The Summer has been relatively mild this year so maybe we are due for a heavy downpour this A/W season. And certainly if that is the case, a pair of shoes/boots like these will allow you to keep […]

August 15, 2018

July 23, 2018

New Fresco Range by Gaziano & Girling

Gaziano & Girling has recently launched a new Summer Range of ‘fresco’ shoes. As the name would entail, these shoes are meant to be something more ‘lightweight and flexible’ compared to the standard welted range that you typically get from British shoemakers. It is like a touch of Italian soft shoulder on the standard structured English cut. And what they came up with is the Capri: A classic penny loafer with an elongated toe on […]

June 12, 2018

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry Part 7: People That Call All Oxfords ‘Wingtips’

In the world of shoes, there are many names given to all of the different types of oxfords. ONE of them is ‘wingtip,’ set to describe the W shaped cap that’s side extensions have been described as ‘wings.’ Again, this is simply one type of oxford, which is the base name for all shoes that have closed lacing system. For example, the shoe highlighted has many names. It is an oxford. It is an adelaide (for […]

June 11, 2018

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Cheaney’s New S/S18 Two Tone Line Up!

Cheaney has a new line of Americana shoes in two-tone motifs very reminiscent of a time gone in the South of the USA when spectators were all the fashion! As we get more into wearing dress shoes in a casual way, I can see this line being very successful for them. The world is ever-changing in menswear and the dress shoe industry is doing so at an especially rapid rate. People are going more casual […]

May 9, 2018

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Best Shoe Instagram Account – Crockett & Jones

Most Instagram accounts are simply a makeshift attempt at uploading random photos, quite hardly ever with a theme used to present the account. But Crockett & Jones is one of those that proves that with thought, effort and a good customer base, one can put together a very well present Instagram account that has cohesion and elegance. And C&J is hitting that on the head in every aspect, from immaculate photography, to beautiful artwork and an […]