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May 6, 2020

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Unique Chelsea Boots by Antonio Meccariello

Prior to being a chelsea boot lover, admittedly I was a chelsea boot hater. There were two issues that were blocking my train of thought in that time (about 6-8 years ago). I found that most chelsea boots in the industry at the time used more robust, overly rounded lasts (in my opinion). Being someone of short to average stature, I never found that this look suited my way of dress or body frame. On […]

April 15, 2020

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Unique Adelaides by Antonio Meccariello

I love seeing adelaides reinvented. And it is occurring more and more as adelaides gain more and more popularity in the shoe industry. Now, if you are a shoe brand and you dont have an adelaide oxford on offer you are missing a trick whereas 10 years ago, it would have been normal to not have one in the collection. Times have changed. And thankfully so. @thatguysshoes of Instagram has recently commissioned one of the […]

April 13, 2020

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Paul Parkman Launches Bit Loafers

Used to be that you only found Bit loafers from the top Italian designer brands, think Gucci, Ferragamo and Prada. But 2019 brought to you a whole wave of makers coming out with their own version of the classic Bit Loafer model. As the saying goes, style always reinvents itself and as of late, it has done so with this love/hate model. The reason I say love/hate model as I really think that when it […]

March 11, 2020

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Monkstrap Butterfly Loafers

You can always count on Italian creativity to come up with something no one else has. Santoni started this trend of reinventing the double monk idea by making it a slip on essentially with the classic crossover double buckle strap on the cut of a loafer model. Now Paolo Scafora does something even more thoughtful by adding straps to the butterfly loafer model. While some might find this purely aesthetic this actually is quite practical […]

February 23, 2020

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The Kudu Collection by Barbanera

During my trip to Lineapelle to source some cool, new things for my shoe brand I had a quick visit to see my friends at Barbanera, in Milan. While there I was able to see their latest Kudu collection, with a penny loafer, an adelaide brogue and their famous modern Cowboy Boots! The shoes/loafers are currently on sale as we speak, the brogues at €295 and the loafers at €345. Both great prices for the […]

January 14, 2020

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Suitsupply Final Sale – 3 Day’s To Get Low Prices!

Suitsupply has just shared with me their Final Sale Outlet stuff and there is a lot of great things to be had there. Of course, while I am highlighting shoes, there is a lot of great clothing too! And even stuff for the ladies in case you want to gift your special someone for the upcoming Valentines Day Unfortunately, this link is only good for those in the USA. The EU might have their own […]

October 4, 2019

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Suitsupply Shoes – The Review

  I won’t lie. I will proudly say that Suitsupply is one of my favorite brands. I won’t pretend that I really care where clothes are made from. Of course, I would go bespoke everything if I could but I am not a billionaire, or even close to a millionaire for that matter so won’t try to pretend that this is my taste. The fact is that Suit Supply makes pretty well-made clothes at a […]

September 3, 2019

Get Any Shoe/Boot You Want with Enzo Bonafe

It has been a long time now that I see Enzo Bonafe making shoes that really don’t come from any collection but that are made to the precise specifications that the client asks for. That is pretty much the idea of bespoke but without the entire last/handmade from start to finish process.  You get to make your own design under their MTO program which in reality is pretty far advanced for a shoemaker to offer […]

June 27, 2019

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Braided Loafers by Barbanera – Summer Wear Italian Style!

There are two things that I love: 1. Braided leather and 2. Unique Designs. The Schifano loafer by Barbanera gives us both of those things and is one of my favorite models released this Summer. The internet is filled with your typical suede penny loafers and as much as I appreciate them, I am quite bored of seeing the same thing on a different last shape by a different maker for a different price. And […]

June 13, 2019

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Floral Prints by Ducal Firenze

Warning: Not for the faint of heart! I have always had a soft spot for floral prints. When I was younger, I used to buy floral print (subtle ones) shirts from Banana Republic, back when doing so was the cool thing to do (i.e circa 20 years ago). I also had a dark brown leather engraved floral print loafer from Donald Pliner. I loved these so much a bought a half size too small and […]