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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, […]

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 […]

September 2, 2020

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The Sharpest Derby I Have Seen

If you have read my blog for more than a year you probably know that I am not a huge fan of derby shoes. Something about them just doesn’t really appeal to me in the same way that oxfords and other dress styles do. But I say this as a dress shoe. I like them as more “casual” styles. But always found it weird when guys wore casual derbies with suits. It never sat right […]

May 27, 2020

Acme Shoemaker – Most Anticipated Brand of 2020

A lot of shoe greatness has been coming out of China and despite what you might feel about that country right now, setting aside personal biases, no one can take away the fact that they have some great shoemakers popping out of the woodworks. My favorite one, in such a short period of time, is the newest brand (at least by IG page status) is Acme Shoemaker of Beijing. I only recently discovered them (when […]

May 5, 2020

Winson Shoemaker – Next Level Craftsmanship from Indonesia

Indonesian shoemaker, Winson Shoemaker, has recently blown my mind with one of his latest pairs made for a prominent IG shoe aficionado @thatguysshoes . I was blown away when I saw this, not only for the beauty and craftsmanship of them but for the fact that it proves that with passion, persistence and belief in one’s self anyone on this wonderful planet can become what they wish to. In this case, the owner of Winson, […]

May 4, 2020

German Bespoke Shoemaker – Atelier Leonard Kahlcke

I love discovering new shoemakers. I love even more seeing new shoe designs though. Blend the two and it becomes a very exciting thing. German Bespoke shoemaker, Atelier Leonard Kahlcke is someone new to me and coming out with some very cool shoes. This penny loafer particularly caught my eye as something truly unique yet not overly crazy. A simple idea that is profoundly different and allows a lot of playfulness in the final product. […]

November 8, 2019

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Ramon Cuberta – Handwelted MTO Line

Bespoke Spanish shoemaker, Ramon Cuberta, has recently launched a new range for this Autumn/Winter season. It’s a range that blends his bepsoke with RTW service by offering a Handwelted MTO shoe. He told me that his passion lies in the handmaking side of things so he wants to slowly move away from factory-made RTW and go more into offering Handwelted MTO shoes where he can blend the best of the two worlds. The new line […]

October 24, 2019

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Contrast Soles

Steven Taffel of Leffot recently received his new pair of Hiro Yanagimachi chukkas boots and was kind enough to share it with the world and I am glad that he did. I was blown away by the beauty of this pair of chukkas. I have seen that brick colored sole before but mainly in that Dainite version. It is not common on a leather sole as it is a unique dye that needs to be […]

October 22, 2019

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Yeossal’s MTO Program

Singaporean Brand, Yeossal, has come out causing a storm in the Menswear Industry. In a day that is saturated with far too many internet brands popping out of nowhere thanks to Instragam, only to be doing what 20 other brands have already done, finally, there is someone out here really standing out in both shoes and clothing offering competitively priced products that are knocking style out of the park! I, personally, have been very impressed […]

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 […]