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July 16, 2019

Wood & Paper Shoes by Orma Shoemaker x Zouganista

A pretty cool project recently went underway between a bespoke shoemaker and a wooden inlayer in the heart of Florence, Italy. For a presentation at the latest Pitti Uomo, they created three samples of shoes, one being a normal, leather brogue, another being made the same but in special cuts of wood (the middle, brown one) and one is in white paper (looks like paper mache). The shoemaker is called Orma Shoemaker (Wataru Shimamoto), trained […]

June 6, 2019

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Favorites on Instagram

Here are some of the top pictures and shoes that I have found on IG. 1. (Top) Yohei Fukada 2. (Below, descending) Septieme Largeur 3. Enzo Bonafe courtesy of Thunder March on IG 4. Santa Mercede Shoes 5. Graziat Taipei 6. John Lobb for Skoaktiebolaget 7. Vass Shoes by Ascot Shoes, patina by Modfx7 on IG Enjoy!

May 17, 2019

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J.M. Weston x Yohei Fukuda – 598 Derby ReInvention

French shoe powerhouse J.M. Weston has recently teamed up with Japanese bespoke shoemaker extraordinaire, Yohei Fukuda to somewhat reinvent Weston’s super classic and Iconic 598 Derby model. I am not going to lie, I thought the collaboration was a lot cooler than it actually is as I was under the impression that Yohei would be handmaking the J.M.Weston design but the fact of it is that the shoes are simply J.M. Westons shoes but with […]

March 15, 2019

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #8 — JSEP

JSEP is the combination of 3 Japanese shoe brands: Oriental/Matsumoto, Miyagi Kogyo, and Kiten Ahead of the free-trade-agreement with EU, which is expected to be in place already in February, Japanese brands are introduced to the European market (with Brexit it’s still uncertain what happens in England with this, we’ll see, but the super trunk is held before). Jsep, Japan Shoes Export Platform, are introducing Oriental/Matsumoto, Miyagi Kogyo, and Kiten. They also attended last year and […]

March 4, 2019

Unique Model by Yohei Fukada

  Yohei Fukuda never ceases to amaze not only with elegant shoes, amazing craftsmanship but now even in shoe design where he takes it to the next level with this cross between a monkstrap and a button shoe. I have never seen anything quite like it. It has 3 things going on. The cut/shape of a French style 1/2 eyelet derby but then has that sweeping like monkstrap bit of leather while topping it all off […]

January 31, 2019

The Boot of all Boots! — TYE Shoemaker

I think that I will flat out and say that TYE shoemaker of Japan is probably making the most interesting and amazing shoes at the moment. Not only is the quality of the shoemaking beyond phenomenal (read that as perfect) but the level of design and pattern making is next level. I mean, the design of this adelaide-like oxford boot with a hovering apron stitch is simply mind-blowing. And anyone that appreciates or understands pattern making […]

December 20, 2018

Unique Derby Design by TYE Shoemaker

I love to look at TYE Shoemaker’s Instagram account as I am pretty always pleasantly surprised to see new shoe ideas and designs. They don’t post often but when they post, it counts. Here is a new line to a derby pattern that I have never seen before. And one that actually makes me appreciate the derby, which is probably my least favorite shoe model. The way this new line flows from the derby facing […]

November 12, 2018

The Medallion King – Hiro Yanagimachi

I love these photos by Hiro Yanagimachi where he shows his magic in these 3×3 grids. As you can guess from the above and below, I am particularly fond of the medallion ones as I have always had a fascination with medallions and seeing people’s creativity come out in them. Medallions are probably the hardest thing about shoemaking. Let me rephrase that. Medallions are probably the hardest thing in shoemaking for one to completely get right. […]

November 7, 2018

The Perfect Sole – Eiji Murata aka Main D’or

I am not going to lie and say that I am a sole fanatic but there is something special about a well-crafted sole. I love to look at them and appreciate the skill that went into it, as someone who has done them before, knows just how difficult it is to make the ‘perfect.’ Well Eiji Murata, aka Main D’or, makes them perfectly. The best that I have seen and that is no joke. They […]

October 2, 2018

The Adelaide Oxford – By Hiro Yanagimachi

I am really loving adelaides these days and I think that many others are too. I see them often on social media and find myself nearly always attracted to them. The details about separating the facing as its own piece and not something that follows the line of the quarter, really makes it more appealing for me. I have a pair classic cap toe oxfords, but if I am going to be honest, they are really […]