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July 17, 2015

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Changes at JF Footwear – Free Shipping to US & Ca and New Website Look

In the hopes to make a name for myself and my company in the world of shoes, I am always attempting to use what I have to make everything to the best of my ability. When you first start a company, assuming that you don’t get massive investment, you tend to start quite fresh i.e. limited resources (aka money). And when you don’t have those resources, you can only do what you can without spiraling […]

May 15, 2015

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Hero Shots by Skoaktiebolaget

    I have always emphasized the importance of the “hero shot” when it comes to representing footwear. The problem with shoes is that their essence is very hard to capture in a photo, particularly in the standard white background packshot. Elegance, beauty and quality when it comes to shoes are things that really need to be seen in a natural environment and even more so, in person. The best one can do in photography […]

December 9, 2014

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Septieme Largeur New Winter Stock

The apron toe is going strong around the globe this year and Septieme Largeur offers a boot version that feels ever so slightly different than the rest. I can’t quite pinpoint it though, what it is that makes it different. It might be because of the split at the nose or because the vamp seems a bit more extended with respect to other versions , but either way it is different yet very appealing. I […]

July 25, 2014

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Barcelona + Norman Vilalta

    Live from Barcelona and visiting the shop of Norman Vilalta, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek into the life of his work. I have always felt that we were kind of shoe brothers in the way that we share our history of our time in the shoe industry. Norman, like me, learned his craft in the workshop of Stefano Bemer in 2002-2003. I came 5 years later however and while […]

July 16, 2014

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Santoni’s Goodyear Line

I have a love/hate relationship with Santoni. I don’t really hate them, they are actually very nice people who treated me very kindly when I went to visit their factory some years back. But I do love what they can do, which is what they do least of i.e. their Goodyear welted line. They seriously have the potential to be one of the greatest factories in Italy, doing shoes that stack up against any John […]

July 2, 2014

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Spigola by Koji Suzuki

  I was recently looking at holy grail of shoe magazines — a Japanese one called LAST — and realized how many Japanese shoe brands that A. I had never heard of and B. That have absolutely no presence outside of Far East. It made me sad (not really but…) to think that we out here in the West have very little access to these beauties that was I drooling over. I am not 100% […]

June 25, 2014

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The New Double Monk

When something becomes a trend, I usually stay far from it. The reason that I do this is because I like unique things and the very idea of a trend means that it won’t be unique. Therefore, when the explosion of double monks came onto the scene a few years back, I was really not that impressed. But the reason was not because I don’t like double monks, it was more because many of them […]

April 30, 2014

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Barker Black is Back!

Not that Barker Black really went anywhere but I just feel like I have not seen much of them, so when I saw these new loafers (below) that they just came out with for S/S2014, it made me dig a little further to see what else they have been working on. This double monk in brown for example was something they released last A/W and I must say that it is quite spectacular. The white […]

March 24, 2014

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New Aubercy Model

Dear Readers, Sorry it’s another one of those days that I am in such a rush that it’s even hard to find time to think. Just to get something up and feed your appetite for some shoe greatness, I thought that I would show you this new Aubercy monk with piping. A brilliant execution as always, it’s no wonder why they remain within the ranks of my all-time favorite makers. I will actually be going […]