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March 14, 2013

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Bontoni Brilliance!

I never really see Bontoni’s anymore and I just finally discovered why. Apparently, the founder (the grandfather) put a clause into the contract when he sold the company (or passed it on) to his heirs (son or grandsons -whichever) stating that he did not want his shoes to be sold in Europe (specifically Italy — on a RTW basis) but only be provided as custom creations. I was told that when they first started, it […]

January 9, 2013

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear….Nearly There Folks!!!

It’s so close that I can almost taste it and I can’t decide on whether or not I am fully prepared or a million miles away. It’s so surreal, as I have been dreaming about having my own shoe line for over 6 years now, that it doesn’t seem possible. And even though I am set for a March (fingers crossed) launch, I still have so much prep work to do, especially for getting them […]

January 2, 2013

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Scarpe Di Bianco – MTO Creation

So a while back, I wrote about having an MTO of Scarpe di Bianco in the process and just a few weeks back, I finally received them and wanted to share with all of you whom might also be curious in the brand. As a little background info, Scarpe Di Bianco was created by a gentleman who used to work for Sutor Mantellassi but decided to branch off and start his own company. That being, […]

December 17, 2012

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Berwick Shoes — A New Player In The Industry

A few weeks back, I was emailed by a factory in Spain who has their own label called Berwick shoes. They were offering to send me a pair of my choice for review. Now, don’t get me wrong, I won’t review just anything, as one might think. If something does not look to be of decent to high quality, I will respectfully decline the offer. But if something looks good, something that I think many […]

December 12, 2012

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George Cleverley Grey Brogues…..Watch Out Now!

I once wrote an article on the blog in regards to grey shoes becoming the new black. While I still very much believe that we are going to start seeing more grey used in classic footwear companies, looking back at it now, I think that I had jumped the gun with my time frame. But it is refreshing to see such a prestigious and classic company such as George Cleverley producing such a classic shoe […]

November 27, 2012

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Gray Balmoral Boots?…..YES, PLEASE!

Photos Courtesy of Zimmermann & Kim Grey is so underrated and underutilized in the shoe industry, at least in the part of the industry that I care about. Sure you have gray patent stuff by the likes of D&G or other fashion labels, but why don’t we see more grey used for shoes like oxfords? For me, a dark grey color like this one used above is precisely the color that could be utilized under […]

September 4, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Monks To Die For by Aubercy

Being that Envy is one of the great 7 Sins, I must be one of the biggest sinners of all, as when I see shoes like this, I am completely envious of whoever owns them! That being, I must say again that great shoes are created by the great shoemakers, such as Aubercy, that understand how to match a pattern to a last. For example, have you ever seen a good looking full brogue on […]

December 29, 2010

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My Shoes #11 – Gray Ferragamos

Being a big fan of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, here is another one of my many. I particularly like this one because of the color, a deep, dark gray. Loving this color, I never understood why gray-colored shoes did not become more popular in society. In reality, it’s a very conservative color, much like brown and black and is easily paired with suits that you find most businessmen wearing. Yet, as I have said before, they […]

May 3, 2010

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Gray Shoes – The New Black

Over the past couple of years you might have noticed the uprising of gray dress shoes being introduced by many of the well known Italian fashion labels such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo etc as well as some of the other more ‘racy’ labels from other countries like Paul Smith from England and Magnanni from Spain. While many colors are introduced into a line to be a taste of something different, I feel like […]