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Maftei RTW for Shoes Fever

For those of you a fan of the Austro-Hungarian style of shoemaking you will be pleased to know that one shop in South Korea, named Shoes Fever, has started carrying Maftei Ready to Wear shoes. In a world of cell phones and laptops and free worldwide shipping (for companies that can afford to offer that), one no longer has to take a trip to Vienna to acquire a pair of shoes from the famous Austrian/Romanian […]

May 7, 2015

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Bespoke Maftei for Jesper of

  It would appear that Jesper of has been a busy boy getting his bespoke on and when the shoes are as nice is this, I can’t blame him! While I can’t say that I am crazy about the amount of toe spring for a bespoke shoe, I must say that the rest of it is simply exquisite, particularly the coloring. From my brief time at Maftei, in Vienna, it would appear that their […]

November 17, 2014

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Maftei Vienna

While in Vienna a few months back, I had the pleasure of going to one of the Maftei shops and seeing the shoes for the first time in person. I was never quite sure about them from pictures. I always felt that something seemed off about them, but having seen them in person I was quite pleasantly surprised especially considering the cost of them which I believe is around €1100-€1300 (can’t remember exactly) for full […]

August 18, 2014

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The Seamless Wholecut by Maftei

  The seamless wholecut is the like the unicorn of shoes. It’s not often seen and not made by many. And it has to be created by hand. At least for now it does until some intelligent shoemaker learns how to industrialize it. But I am not sure if that is going to happen any time soon. Either way, my good friend Jesper Ingevaldsson (of Shoegazing blog) just recently acquired a pair from the Romanian […]

December 17, 2013

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Maftei Strikes Again!

  I see a lot of shoes, day in and day out. I have almost become impervious to the appreciation of classically fine footwear as I now see it so often that the novelty of it has lost its effect. But every now and then, I see stunner’s like these bespoke Maftei two-tones, and I nearly lose sense. This is easily one of the most handsome shoes that I have seen in a long time. […]

October 3, 2013

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Spectator Madness

It’s not exactly the time to start breaking out the ‘ol Spectators/Co-Respondents with the weather turning out the way that it is. Being in London it’s about that time for the weather to take a turn for the worse. But for those of you in warm climates, well I guess that any time is a good time. For those of us not so fortunate, at least it’s always a good opportunity to dream and admire […]

June 27, 2013

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Bespoke Maftei In The Flesh!

A reader of the blog came in not too long ago, looking to say hi, have a quick shoe shine and try on a pair of my shoes. My last shapes (and widths) unfortunately did not agree with his feet, but luckily for my curiosity, I was finally able to see a pair of Maftei shoes in the flesh and was I thoroughly impressed by what I saw (not that I thought I wouldn’t be!). […]

February 4, 2013

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Bespoke Maftei? Why not?!!

While I do love my wholecuts, free of anything at all, I must admit that I do think that I prefer it with a tad bit of brogueing, just to spice it up a bit. This lovely model here, made by Maftei, is the perfect example of a tiny bit of detailed brogueing just to separate the otherwise complete blank canvas that would be without it. But what I really like most about this shoe […]

February 20, 2012

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Maftei Interview/Post by Claymoor

Dear Readers, I have had the pleasure of being allowed to use a very very interesting post/interview conducted by the author of Romanian blog, Claymoor, in regards to Maftei shoes (and left almost in his own word). While this is only a bit of the entire original post, which is far larger, it provides some very nice insight into who Maftei is, the shoes that his company makes and a bit of history in regards […]

September 17, 2011

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Shoe Of The Week – Maftei

As the world progresses, it becomes harder and harder to say that one thing, whether it be a product or service, is best found here or there. This used to be the case many years ago, but as people become more and more curious about the arts and crafts that were once famous in a certain area, they begin to take it upon themselves to become just as good. Some even go as far as […]