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March 17, 2020

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Cool Museum Patina by CNES Shoemaker

I found a really cool photo on Facebook of the rough patina process (when I say rough, I mean minimal steps shown) courtesy of one of the workers of CNES Shoemaker. Vietnamese shoemaker, CNES shoemaker, has been coming out with some exciting stuff lately and this just adds to the excitement. I only wished they took this one step further and showed a picture with the patinating of this same shoe in as many colors […]

March 11, 2020

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Monkstrap Butterfly Loafers

You can always count on Italian creativity to come up with something no one else has. Santoni started this trend of reinventing the double monk idea by making it a slip on essentially with the classic crossover double buckle strap on the cut of a loafer model. Now Paolo Scafora does something even more thoughtful by adding straps to the butterfly loafer model. While some might find this purely aesthetic this actually is quite practical […]

February 24, 2020

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Next Level Chukka Monkstrap Boots – Atelier Zakarian

Russian shoemaker Atelier Zakarian is creating some very unique designs. His entry to last years World Championship of Bespoke Shoemaking was one of the more impressive shoes among the sort. And now discovering this chukka, and seeing that he is pushing himself to be better, now I am really looking forward to seeing what he sends in this year. This is easily one of the most elegant and coolest chukka style boots I have ever […]

February 5, 2020

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Python Monkstraps by Paul Parkman

It really is funny how tastes evolve. Especially when you are young and think that you will forever be the same. And then your parents laugh at you for making comments like that and you thinking ‘those crazy old people don’t know what they are talking about’, and then 15 years later they were you right and look like the fool. Time and time again that has happened to me since entering my 30’s!!! But […]

January 14, 2020

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Suitsupply Final Sale – 3 Day’s To Get Low Prices!

Suitsupply has just shared with me their Final Sale Outlet stuff and there is a lot of great things to be had there. Of course, while I am highlighting shoes, there is a lot of great clothing too! And even stuff for the ladies in case you want to gift your special someone for the upcoming Valentines Day Unfortunately, this link is only good for those in the USA. The EU might have their own […]

November 19, 2019

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Santoni’s Sneaker Monks in Black Suede

I like monkstraps as dress shoes, but after seeing this sneaker variation by Santoni, I am questioning if I actually like them better as a plim sole smart shoe. When I saw these Santoni’s I was blown away. Everything about them, for me, was perfect. I love black suede. I love the leather piping instead of stitching on the apron. I love that they are all black, suede and sole. And I love that they […]

November 8, 2019

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Ramon Cuberta – Handwelted MTO Line

Bespoke Spanish shoemaker, Ramon Cuberta, has recently launched a new range for this Autumn/Winter season. It’s a range that blends his bepsoke with RTW service by offering a Handwelted MTO shoe. He told me that his passion lies in the handmaking side of things so he wants to slowly move away from factory-made RTW and go more into offering Handwelted MTO shoes where he can blend the best of the two worlds. The new line […]

October 22, 2019

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Yeossal’s MTO Program

Singaporean Brand, Yeossal, has come out causing a storm in the Menswear Industry. In a day that is saturated with far too many internet brands popping out of nowhere thanks to Instragam, only to be doing what 20 other brands have already done, finally, there is someone out here really standing out in both shoes and clothing offering competitively priced products that are knocking style out of the park! I, personally, have been very impressed […]

September 27, 2019

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My Style – Brown Shoes and Blue Suits

Back when I worked on Savile Row, I used to wear a tie every day. In the last 5 years, I think that I can count on my two hands the amount of times I have worn a tie. I put one on the other day and it felt good to do so, even though I was quite warm that day! It’s funny, how I have included myself in this new ‘casual wave’ of dress […]

August 19, 2019

What I am Wearing Video Series

  I have always wanted to give inspiration to those that may not know how to wear bold shoes or have fears of shoes outside of what they are used to. I won’t claim to have the best style in the world, but I am not afraid to go bold every now and then show it. And I can’t be The Shoe Snob if I am not wearing the shoes that I preach about. So […]