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December 13, 2016

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Foster & Son: An Ode To Archaic Bespoke Shoes

I am a firm believer in the thought that technology, albeit amazing, has made society as a whole, a lot lazier. We don’t have to work nearly as hard (or at all in the case of some production) to create the same things that our forefathers did. And in many industries, this change in quality of production is very obvious. Let’s take the shoe industry for example. In my opinion, the quality of production has […]

August 20, 2015

Details by Foster & Son

  I always love looking at the archive shoes of Foster & Son, the ones that were made more than 50+ years ago and seeing how different they were in just about every aspect of shoemaking from the proportion of the lasts, to the fineness of the closing to the amounts of stitch per inch on the welt and last to the little details on the pattern that set them apart from the rest. Many […]

October 9, 2014

Foster & Son Go Sexy!

If the ‘Mad Men’ series has taught us anything it is that sometimes an off-the-wall ad campaign that does what no one else is doing can sometimes reinvigorate your company’s image in the eyes of the consumers. And so Foster & Son is giving it a go by adding sexy appeal to their shoes and advertising. It’s not that they are fading or anything like that but in a saturated market, on a street where […]

September 23, 2014

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The Two Toned Vamp by Foster & Son

I passed by Foster and Son this morning to say hello to my compadres there and to see what was shaking and I happened to stumble upon a few of their archived bespoke shoes that I had not previously seen before. They grabbed my attention as they reminded me that while many people may think that modern day is the the adventurous period in footwear, I must say that I am not sure if it […]

January 29, 2014

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Solid Winter Boot by Foster & Son

Days like today really makes one wish that he had a proper pair of boots that could not only hold up to the weather but also be semi-smart at the same time. While the weather here in London is somewhat mild to the likes of you all in NYC and other snowy places, when you look at the weather forecast and it says heavy rain for at least 24 hours, you start to feel terrified […]

December 4, 2013

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Foster & Son Pre-Christmas Sale – Thursday Dec. 5th!

Will keep this short and sweet. For all of those in London (or possibly by mail order?), here is the words straight from the people at Foster & Son in regards to their one day pre-sale, which includes bespoke! “Just to let you know that our pre-Christmas sale-sale (if you see what I mean!) will be happening this Thursday 5th December between 10.00-21.15. All of our RTW shoes will be 20% off, including shoes that have never […]

August 10, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Foster & Son New Bespoke Models

I think that seeing bespoke shoe samples is probably one of my favorite activities, as sad as that sounds. Ready-to-wear shoes can only be so wild, but with bespoke the world is on the fingertips (literally) of the pattern maker. That being, each and every bespoke shop will literally just be a representation of the taste (or imagination) to the one who designs and/or makes the patterns of that brands’ shoes. Here you can see […]

August 17, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Foster & Son

When you think of bespoke shoemakers, you tend to get lost in all of the big names: John Lobb, Cleverley, G&G, Koji Suzuki etc. but you rarely will think about smaller, yet extremely credible makers such as Foster & Son, of whom have an incredible history. It’s a shame too, because they have some of the most beautiful shoes that I have ever seen as well as make some of the most elegant last shapes […]

January 24, 2011

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A Shoe’s Shape

Up until recently, I always focused my attention on design (i.e. pattern – wing tip, cap toe, color, details etc.) when deciding whether or not I liked a shoe, not ever really paying attention to the shape, even though it played a big part (if not the biggest) in my decision making process. But now, having made shoes and with my introduction into self-taught shoe design, I have come to appreciate shape on a whole […]

January 3, 2011

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My Ideal Boot

Last year I wrote about The Perfect Boot and how a nice dress chukka could take you a long way, and frankly, I still agree with that but considering it is 2011, I wanted to switch it up a little and tell you about my ideal boot!! I have always been a big fan of how people around the world dressed in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s, also known as the Victorian and Edwardian era’s. If […]