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March 14, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #6 — Mario Bemer

To read more about The London Super Trunk Show 2018, this April 7th, please CLICK HERE Mario Bemer started working for his brother Stefano’s company back in 1999. When Stefano Bemer passed away 2012, Mario went on and started his own brand. With him from Bemer came bespoke shoemaker Seiji Miyagawa, they now have built up a small workshop in Florence with some additional staff, and have a business making both bespoke there and RTW/MTO at […]

December 21, 2017

Next Level Shoe Design – Riccardo Bestetti

Shoe design, while not terribly complicated, is not very easy when it comes to making something different, yet still elegant and wearable. I know that I have said it a million times, but it is just one of those things you have to say when you see something to terrifically different and cool. You see that a lot of thought when into this pattern, from the dips in each section of the shoe (cap, counter […]

December 7, 2017

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The Best Shoe Photography – Stefano Bemer

Good photography is a hard thing to master. It may not seem like it but there are so many elements to it that make a good ‘shoe’ picture. One might first assume that lighting and a good camera is everything but more important than those two things is the ability to accentuate the shape of the shoe as this is what really makes or break the photo and the beauty of the shoe. Because no […]

December 1, 2017

Calzoleria Carlino – New Bespoke Footwear on the Block!

Now more than ever is the ‘time of the bespoke shoemaker.’ With the help of shoemaking schools all around the world, the internet aka YouTube, shoemaking blogs, apprenticeships galore, it is a lot easier to find a way to learn the knowledge of shoemaking then it was even 10-20 years ago. Case in point is the young shoemaker Riccardo Carlino of Calzoleria Carlino who is only 24 and now has his own workshop and business, which to […]

August 28, 2017

More Burgundy Shoes = Progression

  Its always refreshing to see brands stocking a good pair of burgundy shoes. I am not talking about the safe color of oxblood or plum, I am talking about a bright and bold burgundy shade of leather. One that is on the verge of red rather than the opposite and darker spectrum of that shade. Burgundy is a captivating color that for me commands the eye and always leaves people in awe and admiration […]

August 24, 2017

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Bontoni at Bergdorf Goodman

I have always been a huge fan of Bontoni shoes. Ther blend between Italian shaped lasts and finishing with a robust English look of pattern and sole thickness, they have always sat just about right in my head of one of the best blendings of the two nations’ shoe culture. The only problem with them is that they are not so prevalent in the European market which I always found strange and a shame at […]

July 20, 2017

The New Bestetti Shoe

  I have been seeing this new Bestetti shoe all over the place, from Instagram, to Facebook to the web and thought to share it with all of you that haven’t yet seen it. It’s not for everyone due to its intricate detailing, that’s for sure, but hopefully many of you can appreciate it for it’s design (thought process and small details all around) which to me is very impressive. The Modern day ghillie is […]

July 11, 2017

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What Makes A Shoe Attractive?

I have seen cheap shoes look good and expensive shoes look terrible. More often than not, it is not so much about the components of the shoe as much as it is the execution of the design. But the design is made up of much more than one may think. Now, the idea of attraction is quite subjective but then again I just don’t think that it really is when it comes to being on […]

July 10, 2017

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Barbanera Sale & New Women’s Line

For those of you that may have missed it the few times that I have written about it, Barbanera who once only took MTO orders now has a website that sells RTW stock and much of it is currently on sale. I am particularly fond of the Balzac double monk, as shown above, for its intricate strap design. Not to mention I am a super fan of black suede, a material that sadly is not […]

June 27, 2017

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Francesco Benigno – Another Italian Gem

There are a lot of shoemakers in Italy. And a lot that many of us have never heard of, including myself. And many of them are extremely good with high level finishing that is on par with the best English makers. But you don’t know about them. Because many of them simply make for other brands and thus do not do so much marketing of their own name. Such is the case with Francesco Benigno […]