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March 27, 2017

Corthay Shop Visit S/S2017 – Motcombe St. London

I recently had my bi-annual trip to Corthay of London, on Motcombe st in Knightsbridge, to see what was happening for Spring/Summer 2017 and had some intersting findings. Not everything was to my personal liking but what was interesting about it (particularly all of the pony hair shoes/boots) was that it really shows that there is truly a market for everything, no matter how crazy it might be!! Apparently the pony haired boots have been […]

February 28, 2017

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW – BRAND SHOWCASE #3 – CAULAINCOURT

We are quite thrilled to let more people get acquainted with the the French brand Caulaincourt. It was founded 2008 by the entrepreneur Alexis Lafon and have a lot of fans in France, but are not too well known outside the domestic market. The shoes are made in the French region Maine-et-Loire, and they make both Blake stitched, Blake/Rapid, Bologna and Goodyear welted shoes. Caulaincourt has managed to make their shoes look really sleek and elegant […]

January 11, 2017

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Golden Beauty by Aubercy

Most shoes that I see that are tan are brogues. And it gets a bit boring after a while as tan brogues while can be nice, just don’t really do it for me. But every now and then someone makes a tan shoe that is simply stunning and this one here by Aubercy just might take the cake for best one yet. The subtle pairing between this tan leather and the light snuff looking suede […]

November 29, 2016

Aubercy’s Latest Creations

The Parisian shoe house, Aubercy, never ceases to amaze me for their design brilliance. I won’t lie and say that I love every intricate design that they make, but I can appreciate the majority of them and love a great many, such as this new amazing penny loafer with contrasted piping. This loafer, while nothing groundbreaking in terms of design just goes to show you the little details that make up shoe design such as […]

October 11, 2016

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A Trip To Berluti – London: Part Two

Further to my post yesterday on Berluti here are some more pictures to see a glimpse of what they do on the leather goods side of things. Their patina’s, for me, are most certainly not among the best in the world but the vividness of their coloring and the range of colors that they can achieve are impressive for sure. For example that deep teal green is sublime and is not an easy color to […]

September 30, 2016

Baudoin & Lange ‘Sagan’ Loafer Review

My friend Mr. Allan Baudoin has come a long way since being just a young computer science student from Paris to launching his own bespoke shoe label ‘Allan Baudoin’ and now going one step further by entering the RTW shoe game with his famous Belgian loafer, the ‘Sagan’ under the name of Baudoin & Lange. It’s great as well as I saw Allan a long time struggling to find his niche and figure out how […]

September 2, 2016

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A Trip To Aubercy – Part 1 – Ready To Wear/MTO

***Post Originally written in 2012, re-posted for inspiration and for those of you that have yet to see it or experience Aubercy shoes**** For some time now, I have been very curious to know more about Aubercy shoes, to touch them, feel their leather, try them on and understand what makes them great. Just recently I had been in contact with the CEO, Xavier Aubercy, and had told him that the next time that I […]

April 18, 2016

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Blue Suede Simplicity by Septieme Largeur

For Spring/Summer we all want to comfortable because let’s be honest, when it is overly hot that is anything but comfortable. Now while I am not the type of guy that tends to go around without socks, I can imagine the appeal particularly when it is in a nice pair of suede numbers such as these beauties by Septieme Largeur. And while I think that green is the color of 2016, I can’t lie and […]

April 20, 2015

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Bowling Shoes Are Back….by Septieme Largeur

  People tend to make fun of the bowling shoe style, but when thinking about it, most of the best sneakers of all time are designed in that exact same pattern, e.g. Converse Chuck Taylor, Common Projects classic trainer and Superga (let alone a bunch of others). So it came as no surprise that when thinking of something fun to make for the S/S2015 season, Septieme Largeur also used that classic pattern and knocked out […]

March 24, 2015

The Shortwing Wingtip

I am all for tradition and not necessarily breaking the mold (altogether), but every now and then it’s nice to bend the rules a bit and do things slightly differently. This full brogue Corthay model, called Vendome, does just that by not only creating the pattern with lines that are far more curvaceous than normal, but more so by using a very small wing cap as opposed to the traditional one that is much larger. […]