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October 1, 2014

The New Stefano Bemer

Since we are on the subject of Bemer’s (as per yesterday’s post), I thought that I would continue on by finally getting up the pictures of the new Stefano Bemer workshop/company from my visit to Pitti in July. For the few of you that may not know, I spent one year under the care of Stefano Bemer (the man himself) and company back in 2008 when I went to learn how to make shoes by […]

May 27, 2014

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Dimitri Gomez Bespoke Balmoral Boot

This is one of the nicest photos I have seen in awhile. Not because it’s done in any fancy way, but simply for all of the textures/color/light variations that make up the whole photo. But what I really like best about this boot by Dimitri Gomez it is the old world reminiscence that it provides, reminding me of how shoes used to be made back in the Victorian/Edwardian Eras. When you look at boots from […]

October 24, 2013

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My Event in Paris, Oct. 31st with Mes Chaussettes Rouges & Parisian Gentleman

Next week Thursday, the 31st of October, will mark myfirst ever event outside of my launch party, in Paris at Mes Chausettes Rouges in conjuction with Hugo Jacomet of Parisian Gentleman. As I mentioned before, I designed two new colorways to launch at this event, one of which you can see here: the Wedgwood in Burgundy calf with Burgundy suede. The other model is a new rendition of my Wallingford model and let me tell […]

July 2, 2013

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JM Weston Oxford Boot – Beautiful!

This is a great example of how the details of a shoe/boot can help to separate itself from the rest of the competition. That being what you have here in this lovely JM Weston, is a semi-short (7 eyelets, as opposed to the common 8-9) oxford boot, that has an intricate stitching that acts as the heel counter, as well as the facing stitch, being connected all the way around. Another detail is the enlarged […]

November 27, 2012

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Gray Balmoral Boots?…..YES, PLEASE!

Photos Courtesy of Zimmermann & Kim Grey is so underrated and underutilized in the shoe industry, at least in the part of the industry that I care about. Sure you have gray patent stuff by the likes of D&G or other fashion labels, but why don’t we see more grey used for shoes like oxfords? For me, a dark grey color like this one used above is precisely the color that could be utilized under […]

September 17, 2012

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John Lobb x Paul Smith = Absolute Greatness!

I know that I have been on a roll with my ‘How To Become A Shoe Designer’ thread, but as many people may not want to become one, nor really care to read about it, I figured I would give it a week’s rest and instead touch on another subject that I find to be quite an appealing project within the shoe industry. So, that being, for those of you whom may not know, September […]

September 10, 2012

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 3.1: The Creative Side — Shoe Designing

Let me first start of by saying that I have no credentials in shoe design and/or company branding. The closest that I have to design skills was drawing Wolverine and Ninja Turtles when I was a young boy. As far as company branding goes, well I did have a Minor (at University) in Marketing, but I donít really remember much about any of it if I am going to be honest. So, as you can […]

June 29, 2012

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Alfred Sargent – Circle of Balmoral Boots

Picture Courtesy of: Claymoor This is the greatest picture that I have ever seen, hands down. Nothing else in the world compares to the idea behind this, and I absolutely love it!! One of the cool things about Alfred Sargent, is the fact that they seem to be quite open to experimental projects, as this ultimately was. While I won’t say who (as the last time that I mentioned it they got a bit fussy […]

March 23, 2012

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Balmoral Boot Porn

I was never quite the biggest fan of pairing black with a burgundy and/or an oxblood/merlot type of color, but I must admit that the more that I studied this prototype of mine (for wear-testing), the more that the combination of colors grew on me. Having friends and colleagues try it on, wearing jeans, suits, dress casual trousers etc., the more that I felt that these colors actually go quite nice together. It never presented […]

December 30, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Crockett & Jones Boot

It’s funny because the last time I was in Spain, working out my prototypes, I was thinking of the different combinations of colors/materials to use on my balmoral boots and a medium brown paired with a snuff suede was precisely what I had in mind, until I saw these boots by Crockett & Jones….. While my boot is quite different, aesthetically in shape and pattern, and using similar colors is by no means copying, being […]