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February 28, 2018

Patina Croc Loafers via MTO by Septieme Largeur

As I get older, I start to like more and more crocodile/alligator products but still mainly limited to loafers and small details. What I am not crazy about is the overbearingness that exotic leather can sometimes give when it is say a wholecut oxford and doesn’t have any lines to break it up. That is why I like it in penny loafers and also why I tend to like it when it has a patina to […]

August 16, 2017

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The Go-To London Shoe Shiner

For the last 3 years, I have been shining shoes in London to an artisanal type standard. That being, I provided a military-like shine that left the shoes looking like glass (or as much as they could be). And many of you were kind enough to be my loyal customers. However, it was always just my day job while I built my shoe & accessory ranges in the background. And like all people that start […]

September 13, 2016

Shoe Manufacturing – How Long it Really Takes – Part 1- Factories

If you go to certain countries in Asia, you can get bespoke shoes in a matter of days. If you get it from some reputable European and/or Japanese makers, it can take up to a year. So the question is, how long do shoes really take to make? Well let’s break it down. The manufacturing and bespoke processes are completely different so let’s look at each but in separate posts, call them part 1 and […]

Thomas Kalflo Patina Interview

For those that may have not ever heard of this name before, allow me to give you a brief intro on exactly who is Mr. Thomas Kalflo. First and foremost he is a very talented, young Parisian gentleman who above all is an artist. His drawing capabilities are second to none and with his artistry background, about 5-6 years ago he decided to dive into the world of Patina, first at Corthay and then for […]

June 13, 2016

Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care – Interview

In an effort to get the blog back to its roots of truly feeding the readers the knowledge that they are yearning for, I had the idea to get back into doing interviews. With the help of my colleague Stacey who gave me the idea to dive into the world of patina, we are kicking off this interview series with none other than Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care. He just had his birthday last […]

May 26, 2016

The Shoe’s Beginning – Ivan Crivellaro

  It’s quite interesting to see how the patina of an Ivan Crivellaro shoe will take form, especially on the ones that have so many pieces of leather to them all with different ideas, such as these two do. Here Ivan shows us how some of his shoes are prepared for such intricate finished patinas. But not all shoes are done like this I am sure, as I presume that he will also do patina […]

May 23, 2016

Septieme Largeur Patina Driving Loafers

While not being the originators of patina, for me Septieme Largeur are the ones keeping it relevant by always doing new things with it from giving patina to Ready to Wear shoes and allowing people to buy it online, from applying to leather accessories and now driving loafers. They have come a long way from a small online shop too as they have just opened up their 3rd shop in Paris and it is all […]

May 18, 2016

Green, Green, Green!!!

I have been wearing a lot of green shoes lately as I am really feeling the color dark green at the moment. I am even dyeing old shoes that I am bored of to green now in order to revamp my selection of footwear. So needless to say that with my new found love affair with green, when I saw this immaculate Gaziano & Girling ‘St. James II’ patina’d by Thomas Kaflo I was blown […]

Other Great Shoe Blogs

As much as I would love to reign over the shoe world, I can’t deny that there are other great shoe blogs out there, ones that I also take inspiration from. As I am not a greedy man, I thought that I would share them with you in the hopes to give you something more to look at when I am lacking in getting stuff out there. So here they are: Shoegazing – Jesper is […]

December 18, 2015

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Photo Of The Year – Dandy Shoe Care

I saw this image on Dandy Shoe Care’s twitter feed the other day and it blew me away for it’s vividness and harmony. Not only is the background beautiful but the patina (and more so the aging of it) is simply sublime. Put the two things together and what you have is the photo of the year in my book. And it comes as no surprise as Alexander is a photography extraordinaire with the amount […]