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February 11, 2019

Yeossal Shoes – The Review

  There is a new shoe brand in town and I am here to write about them as they are most certainly worth being written about. Their name is Yeossal and they are a Singaporean shoe brand (and multi-brand shop too) created by 6 friends who were all shoe customers until they decided to become shoe brand owners. Their vision was to create a Handmade shoe but at a super affordable price. And to be […]

February 5, 2019

The Pre Order Sale – 9 Discontinued Models by J.FitzPatrick Footwear

The January Winter Sale is now over and we thank you all for your custom. More JF shoes on the feet of men around the world always makes me a happy camper and I hope that all of you enjoy your shoes for many years to come! We now enter our ‘Pre Order Sale’ for the 9 models that we are discontinuing, at 30% off. Some of you have already ordered your pair and we will get […]

January 9, 2019

Joseph Cheaney ‘Tipton’ Oxford

Joseph Cheaney, English shoemaker since 1886, has recently released a new adelaide oxford that takes this interesting design to the next level. While they are not the first to have done this sweeping like side seam, extending from the quarter across the vamp and into the toe box (Meermin has done this too), I must say that they are the only ones that have done it tastefully IMHO. I never really liked this idea until I saw […]

December 27, 2018

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Calzoleria Oscura Shoes

There is a new outfit in town and when I say ‘town’ I mean Milan, Italy. You might see the boot above very reminiscent of Riccardo Bestetti’s gladiator pattern and well that is because Calzoleria Oscura is comprised of the makers that used to work for Riccardo himself before his passing. Deciding to move on, the new company went out and started their own venture taking with them what they learned from the late, great […]

December 6, 2018

Gold Museum Calf

I have never been a huge fan of tan calf. Let me rephrase that. I don’t like it for myself but have always been attracted to it in shoes. Just when I put it on, I feel it too strong a contrast for my typical attire (i.e. dark jeans and suits). But what I have come to love is Gold Museum Calf. Now, I know that it is not really even close to what a […]

November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday/Cyber Monday!

It’s the time of year many of you are expecting not only for great deals but also to celebrate love and happiness with your family. I have always loved Thanksgiving, even more so than Christmas as it was the one holiday that all of my family actually got together (and I have a big one). For many of you, there is not a celebration to be had but that’s where great shopping deals come in […]

November 12, 2018

The Medallion King – Hiro Yanagimachi

I love these photos by Hiro Yanagimachi where he shows his magic in these 3×3 grids. As you can guess from the above and below, I am particularly fond of the medallion ones as I have always had a fascination with medallions and seeing people’s creativity come out in them. Medallions are probably the hardest thing about shoemaking. Let me rephrase that. Medallions are probably the hardest thing in shoemaking for one to completely get right. […]

October 19, 2018

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The Saddle Oxford done Differently

The more that I see this model by Stephane Jimenez the more that I appreciate it. He basically blended a saddle oxford with a swan neck and really took shoe design to another level. And its funny because changes like this are really quite simple yet no one ever does them. All too often to oxfords look the same and its really quite boring. So seeing something somewhat different like this is always appreciated, at […]

October 10, 2018

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Color Coordination

Color coordination is not as easy as it would seem. There is a fine line between doing it just right and going overboard and thus standing out in a bad way. This image represents one of those bold, fine line situations but done just right to be well executed. And when it come sto tan shoes and navy it becomes a fight line. But what I like about this combo is the fact that the […]

October 5, 2018

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The Stripped Patina by Yim Shoemaker

I am not going to lie and say that this shoe by Yim Shoemaker out of China, is the most practical shoe or style of patina but when I saw this picture I fell in love with it. First, I am really admiring adelaides these days. Secondly, the pattern + last combo is outrageously well done and beautiful. And finally, it is simply super frickin’ unique and just outright cool in my humble opinion. I […]