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The Great Shoe Circle

I think that this takes the cake for the greatest shoe circle that I have ever seen. It certainly isn’t the most impressive shoe collection (not to say it is not impressive but I have seen some that span upwards of 250 pairs) but it certainly is the best presented circle of shoes I have ever seen, not only for what the shoes are being a mix of literally every type of model (except button […]

London Super Trunk Show 2019 – Brand Showcase #1 – Norman Vilalta

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE The 1st brand that I want to highlight is Norman Vilalta. Norman’s brand is the only one (besides partners and hosts) that has been with us since the very first Super Trunk Show in 2017 and we are always happy to welcome him. Not only is Norman a personal friend but someone I very much respect as a shoemaker/designer/creator etc. I am […]

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 — BRAND HIGHLIGHT #8 — NORMAN VILALTA

Norman Vilalta comes from Argentina, originally as a lawyer, was trained in bespoke shoemaking by Stefano Bemer in Italy, and now works from a workshop studio in Barcelona. A couple of years ago he added a RTW range to accompany his bespoke footwear, which has been quite successful and now his RTW shoes are sold at various stores all around the world. He came onto the scene quickly and has made a major impact with designs […]

Norman Vilalta – New Handmade ‘1202 Heritage Collection’

It’s always great to see creativity at work and to see what people are coming up with, in this ever-changing world of shoes. One of the latest and greatest to arrive to the industry is Norman Vilalta’s new completely handmade shoe collection, the ‘1202 Heritage.’ Fusing his bespoke shoemaking background with a semi Ready Made product for you to buy at the drop of a dime is Norman’s latest idea to give people the best of […]

Mythbuster — Corrected Grain Leather is Always Bad

You have probably heard the term corrected grain leather before and many of you may or may not understand what that actually means. So let’s talk about it and see if we can shed some light on it. Corrected grain leather is any leather whose surface has been altered in some sort of way or another in order to give it a certain appearance, one that is not natural to the actual hide. But this […]

Norman Vilalta Launches Gladiator Brogue for RTW/MTO at Pitti 92

For those of you that are fans of the brogue of all brogues, you will be pleased to know that Spanish shoemaker, Norman Vilalta, is currently showcasing his new RTW/MTO model at Pitti Uomo 92, hopefully to be ready soon for ordering by the general public. Inspiration taken from one of his old bespoke samples from years gone, it would appear that Norman found that this model should finally hit the streets with the offering of […]

The London Super Trunk 2017 – The Results

As many of you may have read, I am soon moving to NYC. That being, I have been up to my eyeballs in sorting out my life here to have a seamless transition between countries. But what that means is that my time is quite limited for long blog posts and whatnot. Therefore, while I would have liked to make my own post about the London Super Trunk that Jesper and I put on, I […]

A Shoe Collection of a True Aficionado

Some people love cars, some love watches, some love video games and then there are those that love menswear, particularly the staple ingredient known as ‘shoes.’ And then there are some people that love them way more than others and have a true passion for them, in all sorts of shapes, colors and styles. Sole Preacher of Instagram is one of those gentleman, a true shoe aficionado collecting anything from patina’d sneakers, to shoes with […]

News In The Industry – Things to Watch Out For!

New things are going on all of the time in the shoe industry but it is hard to keep up with it all so I have compiled a short list of things that I find relevant and hopefully what you guys might also appreciate. Hope that you enjoy at least one of the bits of news! Carmina launches wide width GMTO — Carmina has officially launched a EEE width GMTO collection which allows those with […]

London Super Trunk Show – Brand Showcase #5 – Norman Vilalta

  Mr. Norman Vilalta has an interesting history. He hails from Argentina originally with the background and profession of a lawyer. Growing tired of that life, he decided to follow his passion and moved to Florence, Italy to be trained in bespoke shomaking by the legendary Stefano Bemer. After several years with Stefano he felt he was then ready to take on his own workshop and start making shoes wth his own name in them. After years […]