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April 13, 2017

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Bookbinder Leather — Don’t Be Fooled

While living in America and working at Nordstrom (way back when), I remember many of the Italian brands making shoes in what looked like a cross between calfskin and patent. Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana loved the stuff! And to be honest, as I was young and a bit naive, I remember being quite attracted to these shiny things. They had all of the glitz & the glam and thus looked the part of […]

July 19, 2016

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Mr. Raro’s Shoes – Coming Soon

For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Raro of Mararo is a clothier out of Italy who is known for his super cool outfits on Instagram and Pitti (at least this is how I found him). He is always impeccably dressed and I guess being a clothier it was only a matter of time before a shoe line followed. And now it’s here. I am going to go ahead and say this bluntly, but most […]

December 1, 2014

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More Denim in Shoes – This time by Barbanera!

For me, it’s always nice to see denim being used in shoes. Usually you find it paired with brown, but Barbanera decided to do something a bit different this time and put it with a black shoe. Many people might not think that black leather and denim would suit each other so well as black leather is usually seen as quite formal and denim being the ultimate in casual, but as this shoe as a […]

September 25, 2014

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Carmina for Unipair

  The fringe trend was not a very long lived one in the grand industry but I still find myself quite attracted to them. For example, in this Carmina model for Unipair, I would not really like the shoe without the fringe as I find this style of single monk to be quite boring. That fringe, for me, seems to provide what it needs to give it a little ‘umpf’, you know, a little something. […]

July 30, 2014

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Edward Green for Unipair

  I have explained the difference between a £400 and an £800 shoe, saying that in reality the leathers won’t be too far off (in the sense they could be the same, but high end shoes might only use the top of the 1st grade while lower priced might use lower end 1st and 2nd grade etc), the construction not too far off either (being welted, but more details), but one thing that we don’t […]

July 23, 2014

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Gatsby Gone Wild

There is no shortage of bold shoes in the world. Most of the time you don´t see them on people´s feet though. But when the sun is out, people start to get more bold. The Autumn is all about subdued colors and subtle pairings whereas the Summer is all about bold colors, strong contrasts and expression of one´s self. These shoes by Ivan Crivellaro, worn at the last Pitti Uomo, are definitely all about expression. […]

February 27, 2014

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A Fringe done Differently by George Cleverley

As I have said before, I always enjoy seeing new ways of executing existing ideas and usually the shoes that are able to be modified and customized the most, are those that are bespoke. This George Cleverley model, made out of the famed Russian Reindeer leather from 1786 that never seems to run out, exemplifies doing something different to what those have done before. Usually you find fringes with the gimped effect (those jagged teeth […]

January 23, 2014

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The Loafer’s Loafer by Scarpe Di Bianco

Back when I used to work for Nordstrom, there used to be this Ferragamo loafer (pictured below) that was pretty much discontinued but that must have been the most popular loafer of the 80’s & 90’s as we always used to get these old boys coming in asking for them and then complaining when we used to tell them that they no longer existed. They looked just like these (as you can see the resemblance […]

June 26, 2013

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Ed Et Al – Suede Galore!

I really love what Ed Et Al is doing these days. I feel that in sort of a way, me and the owner have a somewhat of a similar vision of offering classic-ish models/shapes but putting on a more young and contemporary edge, with slight detail changes as well as the injection of color. The only difference is that with Ed Et Al, owning their own factory, they are able to be a bit more […]

June 24, 2013

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