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January 11, 2021

New Models by Norman Vilalta

Norman Vilalta has been working hard on creating one of the most beautiful and unique collections around. His styles always have small ‘twists by Norman’, his coloring is always with a touch of patina but not ostentatious, and his combinations of soles to certain models are always intriguing. Norman’s shoes and style are most certainly uniquely his. I always enjoy seeing what he comes up with and Facebook is not shy of showing me that […]

December 14, 2020

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JF Line by J.FitzPatrick – 3 for 2!

For the month of December, J.FitzPatrick Footwear is offering an exclusive deal on their new JF Line. Built for an entry level pricepoint and look, with classic models in classic color offerings the JF line presents itself as the perfect option for the newbie to welted shoes and/or the man who gravitates to the classics. With prices starting at $255, you can get three pairs of shoes for as low as $510. If you can […]

December 2, 2020

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Vintage Cole Haan’s – Circa 1930

It is curious to see just how different some shoe brands were nearly 100 years ago to what they are today. Being that the world has changed vastly it is no surprise that not one brand is making the same quality as before. The closest would be Crockett & Jones/Edward Green etc, but even they were completely handmade (or at least close to it) back then as opposed to the bench/hand grade production now done […]

November 25, 2020

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Shoepassion – Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary

Shoepassion has a long history, but many of you probably won’t know it as its German roots and history have not quite spread to the rest of the world, until now. After 10 years of building a successful shoe empire in Germany, with 10 shops (1 in Vienna, 9 in Germany), they have decided to now take their brand to the next level and do their best at conquering the world shoe industry. And they […]

October 16, 2020

Shoe Review: TLB Mallorca ‘Artista’

For those that do not know, TLB Mallorca is one of the newer brands hailing from Spain but unlike the countless ones made by other factories, TLB is actually its own brand and factory. Started by Antonio Barceló, whose upbringing in the shoe industry started at a young age but blossomed as one of the owners of Yanko (another one of the great brands of Mallorca), before deciding to have a run at his very […]

June 10, 2020

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Fugashin Adelaide – Like No Other!

Vietnamese shoe producer (for their own brand as well as many other private label brands), Fugashin, has changed shoe design with this extremely unique adelaide oxford. So much so that if one wanted to get technical they could argue that this is not actually a real adelaide as the facing piece extends to the quarter and ultimately the counter, thus not actually being a separate piece as most adelaides are. Nevertheless, no matter what you […]

June 2, 2020

Take Your Allen Edmonds to the Next Level

I have not been a fan of Allen Edmonds for about 15 years now. Since the day their new stock came in at Nordstrom (while I was selling there) and I could see that they had cheapened the outsole and insole of their new collections, at the same time while raising the price. For me, that day marked the demise of the brand, and in my opinion, it has only gotten worse since then. Prior […]

April 23, 2020

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Yeossal Handwelted Shoes – Waived MTO Fee + Free Shipping

Yeossal has recently started an MTO program promotion whereby they are offering their Handwelted Range of shoes with a waived MTO fee and free shipping. With the average price at $650 (for those outside of Singapore), that is quite the deal to be had for what you are getting in return. For those that wish to know more about their Handwelted Shoe range, please see my review of them HERE The promotion says that it […]

April 20, 2020

Acme Shoemaker – New Maker on the Block

There is a new Chinese shoemaker from Beijing that is coming out with some very elegant shoes. I just recently discovered them on Instagram and was blown away by the brown balmoral oxford highlighted above. They are very elegant and look very well made. Apparently, their shoes are completely handmade and they offer bespoke, made to order and are working on their RTW collection that is soon coming. I look forward to seeing how they […]

April 15, 2020

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Unique Adelaides by Antonio Meccariello

I love seeing adelaides reinvented. And it is occurring more and more as adelaides gain more and more popularity in the shoe industry. Now, if you are a shoe brand and you dont have an adelaide oxford on offer you are missing a trick whereas 10 years ago, it would have been normal to not have one in the collection. Times have changed. And thankfully so. @thatguysshoes of Instagram has recently commissioned one of the […]