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May 23, 2013

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Mes Chausettes New Selection + Brick & Mortar Shop

My favorite sock suppliers have recently undergone a big revamp of their company, not only by nearly doubling their selection of beautiful socks, but even more impressive by opening up their own lovely boutique in the wonderful city of Paris. Much like myself, the individuals at Mes Chausettes Rouges are a group of young, driven individuals of whom I believe are leading the way not only in sock offerings but also in customer service & […]

May 18, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Imai Hiroki Brogue Boots

The color red is so underutilized in the shoe industry, but can truly create some of the nicest pieces of footwear. Take these boots at top for example, they are absolutely amazing and are so due to their color. I mean, the black ones below are nice too but don’t stand a chance when put next to red ones. I guess it’s a tough color to get right though….too bright and no one would wear […]

January 23, 2012

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Unique Shoe Designs

Shoe Above: J.FitzPatrick When talking about designing shoes, I commonly hear the expression, “Everything under the sun has been done.” And while I generally tend to agree with it (on a grand scale), I still believe that there are little tweaks that can be done to a shoe, here and there, that will minutely (and yet immensely) separate it from all of the rest. For instance, the shoe above which is another one of my […]

January 17, 2012

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First it was colors….Now it will be boots!

For those of you that have been long time readers of the blog, you will know that I have been a big advocate of seeing more abnormal coloring in footwear. Back when I started this blog (in Feb. 2010), I made some predictions indicating that within a year or two, colored shoes (outside of brown and black) were going to be a lot more prevalent in the industry. 2011 marked a big push for that […]

October 3, 2011

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The Fashionable Hiking Boot

Merrell x Collette Collaboration (Picture from Shoe Buff) I saw a surge of this type of boot in last year’s Autumn/Winter seasons but I have a feeling that this surge is going to be an explosion this upcoming A/W season. I can’t say that I am a huge fan of hiking boots altogether, as they tend to be a bit on the chunky side, and like I have said before, having a relatively slim frame […]

June 4, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Imai Hiroki

When I usually discover something new and I like it, you can bet that for the first few weeks, you will see it several times on my blog, kind of bombarding you. But, hey, when you find gold, you flaunt it. So that takes me back to this Japanese shoe maker, Imai Hiroki, that I have most recently discovered, who I must say, just might make some of the most unique and daring shoes, THAT […]

May 29, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Imai Hiroki Slippers

I love the internet!!! When using it, you constantly have informational gold just at the end of your fingertips, so long as you know how to capitalize on it. That being, I was able to discover this Japanese bespoke shoe maker (or more he discovered me), Imai Hiroki, who makes some of the most incredible shoes that I have ever seen and has some of the most beautiful pictures of Japan on his site. After […]