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September 14, 2020

Graziat Taipei – Mind Blowing Apron Derby Boots

Graziat Taipei is really doing some impressive work these days. Mind-blowing stuff in my opinion. Their shoemaking and design are quite different, quite intriguing and quite impeccable, at least from the pictures. I can only imagine that in person they are even better. I like that they have their own styling and details that you do not see elsewhere. These, for example, are the cornered angles on the soles, at the joints and tips. Not […]

April 3, 2020

Exotic Chelseas by Altan Bottier

One of Altan Bottier’s specialties would apparently be the short chelsea boots. More specifically, chelsea boots in exotic leathers ranging from alligator, hippopotamus to elephant hide. And any color you want, it would also appear. While making things in alligator is no surprise nor anything special, to be honest, what I really liked is their hippopotamus range which I find unique and intriguing, especially as it appears that they get a natural “crust” version of […]

February 5, 2020

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Python Monkstraps by Paul Parkman

It really is funny how tastes evolve. Especially when you are young and think that you will forever be the same. And then your parents laugh at you for making comments like that and you thinking ‘those crazy old people don’t know what they are talking about’, and then 15 years later they were you right and look like the fool. Time and time again that has happened to me since entering my 30’s!!! But […]

February 13, 2018

Carmina’s Exotic Leather Loafers

Carmina has recently launched a new MTO product, being a series exotic leather Uetam loafers which I must confess are pretty cool. Unfortunately, this is not something ready made but at least they are on the table and ready to be ordered. And who knows, if enough of you order or ask for them to be RTW, they just might consider it. Either way, I loved the color options here with your blues and greens […]

September 12, 2016

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Exotics – Your cow leather alternatives

Shoes Above: Crocodile by Riccardo Bestetti Up until I moved to Italy to learn bespoke shoemaking, I never really was a fan of exotics. This was partly due to the fact that in America, certain exotic leathers are made in a way that they are insanely gaudy i.e. blue and green ‘pythons’, yellow ‘gators,’ pink stingray etc. And the other reason being that many of them are made, in my opinion, on the ugliest lasts […]

August 18, 2015

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Buffalo Leather by Carmina for Skoaktiebolaget

When your wardrobe is full of shoes of all the various colors on the spectrum, where do you go from there? Well, I would say that most people (presuming they like exotic leather) would start to venture outside the world of calfskin. There are your traditional types of non-cow leather like Croc, Gator, Pig etc. but how often you come across buffalo? While this isn’t the first shoe that has ever had it, it certainly […]

August 13, 2015

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Vass Patina’d Up by DSC

  I could just look at Dandy Shoe Care’s Tumblr feed all day long as there is nothing boot goodness on it on a constant basis. One of the million things great that I have see recently is this lovely two toned croc/calf oxford. I quite liked the shoe as is, but with the patina added there is so much more depth and intrigue to it. Since I am not one the biggest fan of […]

August 25, 2014

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The Saddle Shoe is Back!

I am starting to see a lot more dressy saddle shoes lately and I am quite pleased by that as it is probably my favorite type of dress shoe. As I have said before, for me, the saddle shoe creates the perfect opportunity for a well balanced two-toned shoe. Even if one was to be monotone but bi-material, it still presents a subtly elegant duality but one that is nonetheless noticeably present. And that is […]

November 28, 2012

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Cleverley Bespoke – Always Something Interesting….

I love a nice calf skin, but what I realize when looking at this picture, is how much my shoe wardrobe is lacking in anything outside of suede and calf. It could be due to the fact that most exotic skins come with a high price tag (that I have yet to be able to cope with) as well as needing to go bespoke in order to get them. I mean, crocodile is nice sometimes, […]

July 9, 2012

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When You Go Bespoke, The World Is For Your Taking

Corthay Having been heavily involved for some time now within the bespoke world of both shoes and suits, I have seen my fair share of the end results to customer orders. Sometimes I see the most plain-jane type of things: a black cap-toe oxford, a brown 3 eyelet plain-toe derby or just a notch lapel 2-button, plain gray cloth suit. Other times, I have seen blue suede chukka boots with pink stars stitched into the […]