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July 22, 2016

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Grain Leather Should Be Used More

I really like grain leather these days. I have really been appreciating it in other brands and have been trying it more and more in my own collection on shoes as opposed to just using it on the common boot. And when I saw this Edward Green Plymouth in this dark brown pin grain, I fell in love with it and realized just how wonderfully a nice grain can suit a specific model. Now most […]

June 1, 2016

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Leffot Launches Chicago Shop This A/W

It is always nice to see good businesses expanding and it appears that one of the pioneers of multi-brand shoe shops of the upper calibre, Leffot, has finally been able to take his (Steven Taffel – owner) initial idea and expand it to another great city in the US: the city of Chicago! And it is well done on him as I feel that Chicago was always one of those places that needed a shop […]

April 19, 2016

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The Brogue of All Brogues by Dimitri Gomez

A full brogue has a lot of hole punching on it. And it’s interesting to think that a model adopted from a shoe that used to let water go through, found in the marshlands of Scotland has become such a staple piece in dress footwear. And yet its funny that people will be afraid to wear a navy blue shoe yet will wear a shoe that has holes everywhere. Collective societal thinking is an interesting […]

December 28, 2015

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The Jean Boot of Jean Boots

I am not a crazy fan of Alden shoes like the cult following that they have but I do really like this boot as it is one of the best derby, brogue boots on the market. I feel that the whole point of this type of boot is to wear with denim and this one just ticks all of the boxes, for me, for passing perfection with flying colors. And it’s no wonder that every time […]

December 2, 2015

Norman Vilalta New Collection!

Norman Vilalta just dropped his A/W2015 collection and I have to say that it is right up my alley, especially the boot in the main image. What a bombshell!! That vibrant reddish/orange patina with what looks like rust suede is simply magnificent. Norman never ceases to surprise me and even more so, he one ups his last venture every time. I love the collection, even the chunky soled shoes are starting to grow on me. […]

October 2, 2015

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Colored Grain Leather by Norman Vilalta

  I have written about this before but as it always impresses me when I see it I cant help but re-mention the greatness of the patina’d grain leather by Norman Vilalta, found exclusively at Leffot of NYC. Its one of the hardest leathers to work with due to the embossed stamp of the leather and thus a lack of pores. But Norman manages to still get not only an amazing array of colors but […]

September 28, 2015

Hiro Yanagimachi NYC Trunk Show

I don’t have a lot of time today to write but for those of you lucky enough to be in or around the NYC area, come this Oct. 2nd/3rd, don’t miss out a chance to see Hiro Yanagimachi’s shoes in the flesh as he is hosted by Leffot for a debut trunk show in NYC. His shoes are simply on another planet and I think that the pictures speak for themselves.  

September 22, 2015

Norman Vilalta Uniqueness

What I love about Norman Vilalta shoes is the fact that they are always something different aka unique. There is not much normality going on in his collection and I think it’s great. It’s had to start a brand only doing things that push the envelope and 90% of Norman’s collection does just that. And maybe that is the reason that he has done so well. I mean, who else is doing reverse patina on […]

September 11, 2015

News In The Shoe Industry

There are always new things going on and I feel like the way in which I write posts I can only get out so much in a week, so will hopefully now try and cover more in one post each week or every other in order to spread the news! So, here goes a list of what is going on. 1. Sussex Shoe Shop, who is an online retailer specializing in factory leftover shoes at […]