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August 8, 2019

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Berluti Impresses on the Bespoke Side

Following yesterday’s roast of Berluti’s RTW atrocities, is the upside post about their Bespoke Program and the amazingness that comes out of that. I recently saw this photo on the Instagram account of @sole_preacher and was immediately impressed with all that was going on. Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not a ‘normal’ shoe. This, for me, is not necessarily a wearable shoe either (i.e. I would not wear it) but the detail, making, […]

Going Green with Aubercy

Parisian shoemaker, Aubercy, makes a very awesome shade of green leather. One that they in fact, use a ton and that I love to see. It’s a very deep, dark Emerald like green that is more vivid than most green shades out there. You don’t often find so many box calf skins in green (pre-dyed in the tannery) so what you tend to find is it being dyed after the fact on a crust leather. […]

June 12, 2019

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Most Interesting Brands Today – The First 5

Altan Parisian shoemakers, Altan Bottier, have been coming out with some real interesting stuff lately. Their designs are uniquely bold. Their patinas are traditonally French and super cool. Their last shapes are sharp and elegant. And their Instagram account is filled daily with incredible shoe offerings that never cease to impress. Most notable, for me, are the wholecut oxfords that come in Calf, Patent and Suede, all in incredible patinas in any color you can […]

June 5, 2019

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Morgan Papin Bottier – French Shoemaker in Dubai

For those of you that haven’t heard of him, there is a new bespoke shoemaker in town (of course, when I say new, I don’t mean literally) that is of French origin but set up with operations in Dubai. And his name is Morgan Papin. I don’t recall how I came across him. For sure on Instagram. But what got me was the shoe above. We all know that I am a huge sucker for […]

May 17, 2019

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J.M. Weston x Yohei Fukuda – 598 Derby ReInvention

French shoe powerhouse J.M. Weston has recently teamed up with Japanese bespoke shoemaker extraordinaire, Yohei Fukuda to somewhat reinvent Weston’s super classic and Iconic 598 Derby model. I am not going to lie, I thought the collaboration was a lot cooler than it actually is as I was under the impression that Yohei would be handmaking the J.M.Weston design but the fact of it is that the shoes are simply J.M. Westons shoes but with […]

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 […]