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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 […]

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 […]

September 4, 2018

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Burgundy Wholecuts by Altan Bottier

I have been saying it for years. There needs to be more burgundy wholecuts on the scene. Nice to see that someone has actually created a selection of them. None other than Altan Bottier who in famous for their beautiful wholecut model and all of the various patina’s that they give it. But here you finally have it in the shades of red/burgundy and I couldn’t be more pleased to see them. While not a huge […]

June 16, 2018

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Septieme Largeur – Spring/Summer 2018 Line Up!

Septieme Largeur has made a clear statement this Summer with their color scheme of Snuff suede, Bottle Green suede and what looks like Deep Red Suede. Quite the choice of colors. In some models it looks great, in others, well let’s just say that it would be a matter of taste. For example, I personally love the Green suede monks as well as the Deep Red Chukkas. Those just might be my favorites of the […]

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 […]

May 19, 2018

Suede with Patina by Altan Bottier

Altan Bottier is not the first to give suede a patina but I do particularly like their style of giving patina to a suede wholecut oxford. This kind of staining the trim of the shoe really gives it a unique look and makes them quite enticing for purchase. I particularly like the blue one, although that could be because blue is my favorite color. And it may sound silly but the lacing system that they choose […]

March 2, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Partner: Mes Chaussettes Rouges

A new partner to this years London Super Trunk Show 2018 is the extraordinary sock retailers, Mes Chaussettes Rouges from Paris. About 8 years ago two young French men, Jacques Tiberghien and Vincent Metzger started Mes Chaussettes Rouges, with the aim to develop the world’s finest socks’ shop. They now have an extremely impressive range of socks, every sock type and every color you can imagine, from brands like Mazarin, Bresciani, Gammarelli, Gallo, and others. […]

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 […]