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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 […]

January 25, 2017

Leffot – New Products for NYC

I always look forward to seeing what retailers are stocking in their shops as new pieces and makers they bring on board. Now of course, I never care about the boring black oxford that they will stock, but do more so like seeing the choice daring pieces that I know that they are taking a risk on, like these Brighton loafers by Corthay. I had someone ask me recently, ‘Justin, don’t you ever get afraid […]

September 9, 2016

Norman Vilalta – London Trunk Show Sept. 23rd-24th

Norman Vilalta, the bespoke shoemaker out of Barcelona who also has his own RTW line, is visiting London the weekend of the 23rd-24th of September to showcase his shoes and take orders for those of you inclined to support his brand. For those that don’t know Norman’s history is long in the shoe industry, training at Stefano Bemer about 12 years ago to starting his own bespoke workshop in Barcelona to just recently starting his […]

June 20, 2016

Norman Vilalta Colored Grain Loafers

The first time I saw these colored grain loafers, I knew that they were going to be successful and the fact that Norman Vilalta was presenting them at Pitti means that it must have become true. It would appear that demand has been high for them so I believe that Norman is putting them into a regular RTW rotation. The question is which color will be the most popular? My heart always goes out towards […]

February 22, 2016

Chukkas With A Twist – Norman Vilalta

I like a chukka boot, I really do. But sometimes I see them (or wear them) and feel a bit bored by the monotony. Every now and then, I feel like it needs to just be stirred up a bit. And that is what I love about Norman Vilalta’s chukka boot that really took the idea of one and twisted it so well that something completely different (yet the same) come into place. Because I […]