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A Breakdown of Shoe Pricing and What to Expect – Part 1

***Pics of shoes have nothing to do with the post, just for your eye candy*** There is a lot of confusion in the consumer’s eyes on what you should expect from a pair of shoes and I was hoping to clear that up for some of you as it is important to know what you will get from what you will pay for in a pair of shoes. So let’s break it down. I have […]

July 16, 2019

Wood & Paper Shoes by Orma Shoemaker x Zouganista

A pretty cool project recently went underway between a bespoke shoemaker and a wooden inlayer in the heart of Florence, Italy. For a presentation at the latest Pitti Uomo, they created three samples of shoes, one being a normal, leather brogue, another being made the same but in special cuts of wood (the middle, brown one) and one is in white paper (looks like paper mache). The shoemaker is called Orma Shoemaker (Wataru Shimamoto), trained […]

June 5, 2019

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Morgan Papin Bottier – French Shoemaker in Dubai

For those of you that haven’t heard of him, there is a new bespoke shoemaker in town (of course, when I say new, I don’t mean literally) that is of French origin but set up with operations in Dubai. And his name is Morgan Papin. I don’t recall how I came across him. For sure on Instagram. But what got me was the shoe above. We all know that I am a huge sucker for […]

May 9, 2019

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Handstitching the Upper

All photos and process courtesy of Japanese Bespoke Shoemaker, Eiji Murata aka Main D’or. Hand-stitching an upper is no easy feat. When you look at the pictures it probably seems easy. But allow me to tell you that it is tough and mainly for the precision involved. The smallest error can result in cracking leather or crooked stitching and the shoe is pretty much ruined when that happens as there is no correcting it. But […]

April 22, 2019

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Per Nobile – Russian Shoemakers to Watch Out For!

My favorite shoe of the Bespoke Shoemaking competition was actually the one that took 9th place and was made by Russian Shoemakers, Per Nobile. It is the shoe highlighted and the one that blew my mind away in terms of pattern making, which I feel often goes overlooked in this contest as maybe the direction of the discussion is often more heavily weighed into looking at details like how narrow the waste is and how […]

February 25, 2019

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #4 — BOLERO SHOEMAKER

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE Tomoyuki Watanabe got his start by training in shoemaking under a Japanese master shoemaker with 50 years of experience, and seven years ago he started his own brand Bolero Shoemaker. His style of shoes is very classic with well-balanced last shapes, mainly aniline leathers and traditional styles. But lately I have seen him throw in a few twists in there which I have very […]

February 11, 2019

Yeossal Shoes – The Review

  There is a new shoe brand in town and I am here to write about them as they are most certainly worth being written about. Their name is Yeossal and they are a Singaporean shoe brand (and multi-brand shop too) created by 6 friends who were all shoe customers until they decided to become shoe brand owners. Their vision was to create a Handmade shoe but at a super affordable price. And to be […]

January 19, 2019

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Carpincho Boots by Enrile

The Capybara/Carpincho animal is probably one of the ugliest things known to animals. It looks like a giant rat and it’s like the size of a dog. But their hide sure does make a pretty cool pair of gloves or shoes! I have always wanted a pair of each but they are not that inexpensive and now I need to be saving for a house and not clothes. One day soon! The latest pair of […]

January 10, 2019

Cuervo Cobblerblack Bird – Another Spanish Shoemaker

There are a group of shoemakers in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona, named Cuervo Cobblerblack Bird. They have been banded together since 2006. But only thanks to Instagram, have I recently discovered their existence and wished to share it all with you. I remember when I used to think that Barcelona really only had like 2 bespoke shoemakers, but as time goes on, as does the internet, I am seeing that it is a haven […]