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February 1, 2019

Ducal Firenze – Exciting Italian Creativity

While I am on the subject of impressive makers, one of my favorite Italian shoemakers that has gone under the radar for far too long, is Ducal Firenze.  I remember discovering them at Pitti Uomo Summer of 2014 (crazy how time flies as that feels like yesterday that I was there!) and being blown away by this shoemaker in an unassuming stall amongst the masses found at this trade show. I wrote a post about […]

January 14, 2019

Edhen Milano – New Brand Doing Things Differently

  There is new-ish, young Italian brand doing some very bold and interesting things. And their name is Edhen Milano. What first caught my eye was their take on the double monk loafer, as popularized by Santoni some years back. Then what got me really looking was their take on the Butterfly loafer, as seen above. I liked the pairing between suede and leather and even more so the burnishing on the brogueing bits which I […]

January 11, 2019

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The Wholecut Single Monk by Paolo Scafora

Seeing new designs and patterns always makes me excited. My favorite part about being a shoe designer is making samples and seeing a design come to life. But of course as I dont have all of the ideas in the world, I also love to see new things created by other brilliant makers too. Paolo Scafora is a brilliant ideas guy. He makes some next level design and this wholecut single monk is one of […]

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 […]