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Handmade Shoes Archive

December 2, 2020

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Vintage Cole Haan’s – Circa 1930

It is curious to see just how different some shoe brands were nearly 100 years ago to what they are today. Being that the world has changed vastly it is no surprise that not one brand is making the same quality as before. The closest would be Crockett & Jones/Edward Green etc, but even they were completely handmade (or at least close to it) back then as opposed to the bench/hand grade production now done […]

November 9, 2020

Masayuki Kaneko – The Next Great Japanese Shoemaker

In the day and age of having information at your fingertips, it can almost become too much to absorb and sift through. Prior to IG, you really had to do some hard research to find great shoemakers spread across the planet. You had to use Google search and hope that some bloggers, like myself or Shoegazing, had written about some obscure maker that you had never heard of in order to continue your quest for […]

November 4, 2020

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Blue Sharkskin Boots – Castez Ermili

I love to see the brain being creative and coming up with ideas never before executed. And these blue sharkskin boots by Argentinian shoemaker Castez Ermili (based in Mexico) show just that type of execution with all of the small details shown in the make up of this boot. Sharkskin has always fascinated me. I particularly like it in a burgundy, as I first saw it way back when, in the workshop of Stefano Bemer, […]

November 2, 2020

The Shoe Snob Unboxies Series – Winson Shoemaker

 Welcome to my latest unboxing video where I highlight a brand that I have been curious about for a while now and wanted to show to all of you as well as I think that many shoe aficionados have been curious about this brand too! Winson Shoemaker, hailing from Indonesia, is making some very exciting shoes these days and doing so at incredible, jaw-dropping prices. Learn more by watching the video If you have […]

October 19, 2020

Creative Loafer Design by Francis Waplinger

I have always loved the look of the Belgian style loafer design, but was never a huge fan of their traditional sole that was essentially built as a house slipper. Being a big loafer fan, in general, I was always waiting for someone to make that more mainstream in terms of a solid, dress shoe style that could be worn more ‘practically.’  And while I think that there have been a few brands that have […]

October 9, 2020

Video Series – Rant – What is a Handmade Shoe?

   In order to further my content, I will be doing more videos as what it takes me to say in 15 mins would take me 4 hours to write and unfortunately, I no longer have the luxury of 4 hours to spare on the blog, like I once did. I hope that you enjoy this new style of content and please do stay tuned as I bring you more and more videos breaking […]

August 10, 2020

The Best Shoemaker in the World

Doesn’t Exist… So, now you are thinking, ‘wait, what?’ Doesn’t exist? What does that mean? Well, it means that this slogan can only apply to you and your opinion. No one person can label the best shoemaker in the world as the idea of what makes a shoemaker good is completely subjective. Let’s take a look at the things that make up a good shoemaker, point by point, and dissect how everything can be interpreted […]

July 6, 2020

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New Brand Alert – Passus

Rezső Kuti, who is a personal friend, and longtime shoe industry worker in Hungary (worked for Vass for a while) finally decided to make a run at his own project after having worked for many others during his time in the industry. Wanting to give the industry another Handmade option to choose from, he created Passus and is well on his way to being the next industry player. The brand boasts completely handmade shoes, which […]

June 29, 2020

Industry Secrets Part 1: ‘Handmade’ is a Lie

  Pictures in post represent what actual handmade shoes look like. The thing about me is that I believe lying is the most dangerous weaponry there is. It can fool millions, deceive entire groups of people, and lead many to have a perception that is built on falsehood. 90% of brands that claim their shoes are handmade are a part of that great deception. Your shoes are not handmade. Yet that is what they want […]

June 5, 2020

New Shoe Brand – Petru & Claymoor

Warning: Post is picture heavy There is a new brand on the block and their name is Petru & Claymoor, of Romania. They are a bespoke outfit, based out of Bucharest, making handmade bespoke footwear at a very reasonable price and what looks like a very standard of making. It is reminiscent of that Austro-Hungarian look that is found across many of the Central/Eastern countries of Europe (think Hungary, Austria, Romania as well as many […]