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February 6, 2019

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #2 – ALTAN BOTTIER

  To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE The 2nd shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2019 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that only now have they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of […]

January 16, 2019

Fusing Dress + Casual = Septieme Largeur

The traditional dress shoe is a harder and harder sell these days. People don’t want leather soles, they ‘want to be comfortable.’ People can rock up to work in their jeans nowadays. And this is a corporate job we are talking about. Most guys want to thus wear something more casual due to this. Why wear a dress shoe when you can go casual? This is what they ask themselves. Sometimes, being ‘The Shoe Snob,’ I […]

October 19, 2018

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The Saddle Oxford done Differently

The more that I see this model by Stephane Jimenez the more that I appreciate it. He basically blended a saddle oxford with a swan neck and really took shoe design to another level. And its funny because changes like this are really quite simple yet no one ever does them. All too often to oxfords look the same and its really quite boring. So seeing something somewhat different like this is always appreciated, at […]

September 28, 2018

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Corthay NYC

  I was visiting the recent Corthay trunk show at Leffot and saw lots of new things on the table and collection at Corthay which was nice as I felt that they were slow to bring out new collections. And apparently they have a new US distribution and Showroom here in NYC in the hopes to vamp up the brand. Head of this operation is Randy Ferdergreen and it will be exciting to see the […]

August 20, 2018

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Simple is Beautiful – Stephane Jimenez

Sometimes the best pair of shoes is a simple pair of shoes. When I say simple, I mean a simple pattern, style, cut etc. But nothing is more boring than a flat and lifeless color so the way the shoe looks in terms of leather style/choice/color is very important. And that is preciously what attracted me to this exquisite pair of bespoke oxfords by Stephane Jimenez, of France. I am a pure sucker for a […]

May 24, 2018

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Aubercy Summer Sneakers – On Fire!

I am really loving Aubercy’s dress sneakers range, particularly the new colorways for SS2018. It’s not easy to make a dress sneaker, something sharp and elegant yet still a sneaker-like shoe. Because in reality, if you take away the connection of the cap to the facing, and make the facing a little bit smaller, this is essentially a dress shoe as it sports a traditional heel. Most don’t think about it but patterns of dress […]

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 […]

January 22, 2018

Aubercy Button Boots – Fresh to Death!

I never tire of Aubercy’s creations and bold use of color. Their latest button boot offerings are simply sublime and I particularly love this new canvas one, mainly for the unique design of the balmoral line that is something that Aubercy can proudly claim as their own creation. I have said a million times before but I will say it once more. It takes guts and vision to recreate something that is tried and tested […]

October 27, 2017

Septieme Largeur New Patina Boots

I saw this boot, by Septieme Largeur, back in June when I was visiting Paris and have been waiting for its launch to share with all of you as I really liked it and thought that many of you who are into this dress casual look might be too. A shoe/boot is rarely justified in photo and while this looks great in this photo, it looks even better in person and even more so underneath […]

October 25, 2017

New Aubercy Loafers

I know many of us are approaching Autumn here, but in many other places they are approaching Summer so I could not help but show these beauts, by Aubercy, to the world as I am a sucker for the use of denim in a shoe and on top of that, a light denim no less (which I have yet to see). I don’t think that I have ever owned a pair of jeans in the shade […]