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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 […]

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 […]

September 25, 2014

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Carmina for Unipair

  The fringe trend was not a very long lived one in the grand industry but I still find myself quite attracted to them. For example, in this Carmina model for Unipair, I would not really like the shoe without the fringe as I find this style of single monk to be quite boring. That fringe, for me, seems to provide what it needs to give it a little ‘umpf’, you know, a little something. […]

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, […]

March 18, 2012

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The eBay Experience

I have never been someone who has had a whole lot of patience, unfortunate as that may be. This downfall has prohibited me from taking part in many things…like learning how to actually hit the ball in golf, reading a book past the first 10 pages (it better grab me), and last but not least, taking advantage of the wonderful creation called eBay. Some things are obviously more important than others, in terms of helping […]