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July 22, 2016

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Grain Leather Should Be Used More

I really like grain leather these days. I have really been appreciating it in other brands and have been trying it more and more in my own collection on shoes as opposed to just using it on the common boot. And when I saw this Edward Green Plymouth in this dark brown pin grain, I fell in love with it and realized just how wonderfully a nice grain can suit a specific model. Now most […]

New Japanese Brand Set to Stun! – Floriwonne by FG Trente

  Floriwonne by FG Trente is yet another brand that I have found on Instragram courtesy of Bespoke-Makers account. I can’t say that I am quite sure if it is a collaboration between a patina artist (what I presume to be Floriwonne) and a shoemaker (FG Trente) but all that I do know is that the shoes are beautiful and have shape like a laser cut diamond! With their Japanese perfection in making, they also […]

April 19, 2016

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The Brogue of All Brogues by Dimitri Gomez

A full brogue has a lot of hole punching on it. And it’s interesting to think that a model adopted from a shoe that used to let water go through, found in the marshlands of Scotland has become such a staple piece in dress footwear. And yet its funny that people will be afraid to wear a navy blue shoe yet will wear a shoe that has holes everywhere. Collective societal thinking is an interesting […]

April 7, 2016

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Amrik Chaggar – London Bespoke Shoes

If I am going to be honest, I am getting quite bored of Instagram (maybe because I have 3 accounts) but one thing that I can’t knock it for is the ability to discover new things and see lots of pictures of shoes. It is after all how I have discovered many things, including London bespoke shoemaker, Amrik Chaggar. Now I can’t say that I have gone in-depth into to his background, but what I […]

March 22, 2016

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Barker’s New Brogues

Sometimes to break the norm, you don’t actually need to create something new but just refresh the details. That is precisely what Barker has done with their new full brogue, set for S/S2016 release. It would appear that they created a new medallion which I say is quite interesting. And on top of that, for their brogueing punches instead of your common round hole shape, they used star shaped punches. But the shoe itself is […]

January 27, 2016

Paolo Scafora at Pitti Uomo 89

Every Pitti Uomo I have my ritual of visiting the same shoemakers that present season after season. One of those makers is Paolo Scafora who in my mind is one of the most underrated shoemakers in the world, a great deal of which I believe is due to his wesbite that does not represent just how nice his shoes are. For those that don’t know, he has his own factory in Naples, specializes in hand […]

August 21, 2015

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Red Brogues by Dimitri Gomez Bottier

I have always had a fascination with the idea of wearing red shoes. The problem is that it is very hard to do. I actually have a pair, of quite red ones (like cherry red), but yet they may see the light of day once a year, if not less. It’s not that I don’t like wearing them but in a city like London where one is constantly bombarded by people, judging ones at that, […]

What’s On Instagram These Days

    I know that many of you don’t participate in Instagram, but I do show many things on there that I don’t manage to get on the blog, as the blog is only a once-a-day activity whereas IG is something that I try to update 1-3 times a day at least (more if I am really in the mood!). Therefore, in the hopes to not deprive those (that don’t participate) of the shoe greatness […]

May 5, 2015

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Saint Crispins Launches Online

Saint Crispins has been up to a lot these days. First they launched at Skoaktiebolaget and now they have started a small online boutique on their own website for those of you that are within reach of one of their stockists but are dying to try a pair of shoes. It would appear to be a work in progress as there is quite limited stock and options available. But nonetheless, you can finally go directly to […]

April 13, 2015

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Spectator Season Has Returned – Cobbler Union

  The sun is finally showing itself more than not so these days and while I love A/W for the layering and use of more fabric/cloth inspired footwear, I can’t help but appreciate seeing the sun. And now that the sun is out, it means that we call start being a bit more bold in our footwear as it is not so frowned upon to be daring when everyone else is half naked anyway. That […]