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September 10, 2018

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Boot Season is Upon Us! — John Lobb Apron Stunners

As painful as it is for some, sadly enough Summer is coming to an end. And while it might not feel like it, those massive drops in temperature are right around the corner. I, on the other hand, have had enough of Summer (especially the humidity) and am ready to welcome the Autumn season with my arms open and my jackets on them! I love boots and I love layering. My second sickness behind shoes/boots […]

March 7, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Shoe Shining Qualifiers

  A Frenchman living in England, a Singaporean based in Japan, and a Brazilian who lives in Switzerland – these are the three finalists in the World Championships in Shoe Shining 2018. They will battle it out at the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, where they will have 20 minutes to polish up a shoe as nice as possible. The championship takes place during the London Super Trunk Show, hosted on Saturday, April […]

July 6, 2017

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Mythbuster Part 1 – Leather Creasing Means Something is Wrong

Leather creases. Plain and simple. There is no such thing as crease free leather. Frankly the thought of people thinking that leather should not crease is just absurd. So many times have I heard people complaining about wrinkled leather and thus blaming either the leather or the maker for this reason. Well allow me to tell you that there are so many more factors that play into a shoe’s leather becoming prominently wrinkled, factors that […]

April 13, 2017

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The Bicycle Stitch – John Lobb

Back when I used to sell shoes at Nordstrom in Seattle, there used to be so many models that had this ‘bicycle’ stitch on the vamp, extending towards the toe. The model that comes to mind most was this Ecco shoe that I used to sell like candy to sugar addicts. I made a lot of commission off of those things! But coming to Europe, I don’t think that I have seen one welted shoe […]

January 23, 2017

The Idea of Great Photography

I have beat it into the head so many times but the more I am in this industry and the more that I use social media and modern ways to market and understand potential customer’s liking I see just how important good photography assists in marketing any product. When I look at these pictures in this post, I see just how much a good piece of photography can make a real difference in communicating the […]

December 28, 2016

Skoaktiebolaget Launches 2nd, Larger Shop in Stockholm

With the success that Swedish shoe shop Skoaktiebolaget has had in the short amount of time since they launched their flagship store in Stockholm, they have managed to set aside some finance and acquire a 2nd, larger shop to coincide with their flagship right there in the heart of their hometown. And on top of that, they have added a new brand to their line-up of high flying shoes. That new brand is none other […]

November 14, 2016

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MTO John Lobb William – Brilliant!!

Just in case you can’t tell, that is green pebble grain on the left….beautiful! The other day I was frequenting my favorite street, Jermyn St. (as I often do), seeing what the haps was on the latest and greatest. I walked by John Lobb’s shop and was blown away by what I was seeing in their window display. Not only was there red suede double monks, but even more unique and impressive was the deep […]

October 24, 2016

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Leffot Officially Launched in Chicago

The time has finally come for Chicago and Chicagoans: You now have a great shoe shop to get all your shoe fixes from. And that shop is none other than the legendary Leffot, who first opened their doors in NYC back in 2008. Since then, as one of the catalysts to the boutique multi-branded shoe shops of upper-scale-offering, they have continued to lead the way in the industry by offering not only timeless classics but […]

No Two Brown Shoes Are Equal

The beauty of brown shoes or shades of brown leather is that even the exact pair of shoes can look different, not only through polishing but also through natural aging depending on not only the climate of the wearer but also the way they treat their shoes. While I have started to like black shoes a bit more as I get older, I still appreciate the various shades of browns/tans due to their ability to […]

September 8, 2016

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Things To Know About Shoes: Part 2 – The Next 10

Dear Readers, Here is the 2nd part of my ‘Things to know about shoes.’ If you happen to missed the first 10, here they are. I hope that you enjoy the post and I will try and scrounge up another 10 by next week or the one after! 11. Soles wear out. They are not invincible. Even the best ones will wear out quickly if you over-wear them. If you live in a wet city […]