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August 23, 2018

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Bontoni – Single Monkstrap Done Differently

I have never been a huge fan of the traditional single monkstrap that sweeps across the instep, having a huge buckle and thick strap leather. It always reminded me of some shoe from Old England that Friar Tuck would have worn. Not to mention the way that it sweeps across from left to right (or vice versa) without any angle to it (think Churchs famous model). It always just looked really ugly to me. This […]

July 6, 2018

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Cowboy Boots Done Differently – Barbanera’s Cormac Boot

  I was never into cowboy boots. Like ever. In fact, I hated them. I hated the toe spring, the pointy toe, the high heel. They were pretty much everything I couldn’t stand about a pair of shoes/boots, all in one. And I am not exaggerating at all. And then I saw Barbanera’s Cowboy boots and it all changed for me. They took nearly everything I didn’t like and altered it. They put a dress […]

March 19, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #7 — Paolo Scafora

  Paolo Scafora is based in Naples, Italy, and was founded by Gennaro Scafora, who named the company after his son. Today, Paolo Scafora runs the company with his name attached to it. Originally they had been known for a very Italian style of shoemaking, with very daring patinas, wide sole edges and a characteristically extreme square toe. In recent years, however, they have diversified their style, still distinctly Italian shoes, but with more classically styled last shapes and tighter […]

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 […]

February 27, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #4 — BARBANERA

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, CLICK HERE Barbanera hit the market a few years back (around 5), founded by two Italian pairs of brothers. A bit unorthodox approach to the classic shoe world have gained them recognition worldwide. Barbanera’s shoes are manufactured in the Tuscany region of Italy, in a factory specializing in Goodyear welted shoes, with leather from some of the finest Italian tanneries. The shoes are made with closed channel […]

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 13, 2017

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Originality Goes A Long Way! – Barbanera Shows Us

As one of the Barbanera bros has recently had a birthday I thought that I would celebrate my appreciation of not only them as a brand but also as them as people as they are good friends of mine that I have a lot of respect for. In this day and age of the online world and anybody with a bit of buck being able to start a shoe brand that simply copies other brands […]

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 5, 2017

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Reverse Skin Stitch by Magnanni

Magnanni has some new shoes out that appear to be the best that I have yet to see coming from them. I mean, I still wished that they did GY welted shoes but hey, to each his own. While I have never been a personal fan of their fit and feel, I have always respected Magnanni as a brand. They are probably the most famous shoe company out of Spain (not something easy to do), […]

November 22, 2017

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Sweyd Footwear – The New Trainers on the Block!

There is a new trainer company in town, hailing from Sweden and making some nice, Italian produced trainers in a very simple, classic and elegant derby pattern. They are called Sweyd Footwear. In the last few years, trainers have been gaining a lot of ground in the industry due Italian style and their fusion of dress. Many gentlemen these days are pairing chinos with a jacket and a pair of slim looking trainers underneath, tying it all […]