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February 27, 2015

My Time in Milan

In the hopes of always trying new things and getting better products to make my shoes with, I went to Milan for the bi-annual Lineapelle leather fair and am currently still here. As luck would have it, I came down with a cold the day before leaving and still havent shaken it off. Travelling while ill definitely takes the fun out of it, but at least it’s just a cold and not a fever! Like […]

January 8, 2015

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Bestetti At His Best!

    Riccardo Bestetti recently started a new Instagram acccount (@bestettishoes) and it is a great accumulation of amazing works of art. I always love to see what he is going to post next. His shine jobs are unreal, making the shoes look more perfect than perfect, not to mention the beauty of them irregardless of a shine or not. For those on IG, I suggest you start following his account for a bit more […]

October 14, 2014

A Trip to Vigevano to Meet Riccardo Bestetti

  Riccardo Bestetti and I have been virtual friends for a long time. He is probably one of the first bespoke shoemakers that I had contact with in reality (outside of Stefano and G&G). As I always liked his shoes and yearned for content, I asked him to email me when he had new stuff. But our emails were more than simply an exchange of photos for gratitude. Through our passion of footwear and writings […]

September 17, 2014

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A Preview of My Time Spent in Milan! (Feat. Bestetti)

During my time in Milan, I basically did 4 things: 1. Went to Lineapelle to look at and source new leather/fabrics/cloth etc. for making shoes; 2. Went to the Ilcea tannery for a tour and to talk about using them in the near future; 3. A visit with the brothers behind Barbarnera and 4. Last but certainly not least, a long overdue visit to one of my favorite shoemakers, Mr. Riccardo Bestetti. It was a […]

June 13, 2014

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Riccardo Bestetti Strikes Again

  I have said it before and of course I will say it again: it is so great to see new designs executed, especially when it’s a play off of an existing one. This one by Riccardo Bestetti is nothing shy of brilliant. That doesn’t mean that it is my favorite, as to be be honest I am not sure if I would ever personally commission it, but it is very well done and definitely […]

May 26, 2014

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The Future of The Shoe Snob….

When you are sitting there watching your 10 month old child play with everything around him, discovering all these new things, being creative, curious and completely innocent all at the same time, it really makes you think about life and the future of it. On top of that, I tend to have one of those minds that is always thinking. The only way that I can really turn it off is by watching a good, […]

February 14, 2014

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Soles to Match by Riccardo Bestetti

Riccardo Bestetti never ceases to amaze me with his artistic talents. Not only is his patina work on his uppers very beautiful but it would appear that he is taking it to the next level by matching (as best he can) that same patina on the soles of the shoes. While doing the soles is not something that will ultimately last, it still is a nice touch and beautiful to see. The only downside is […]

January 7, 2014

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A Day of Pictures

Miyagi Kogyo Ed Et Al Dimitri Bottier Edward Green Bestetti, courtesy of En Grande Pompe JM Weston, courtesy of En Grande Pompe

November 23, 2013

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Beautiful Black Brogue by Bestetti

Bet you didn’t realize that I made you use five ‘B’ words in a row when reading the title of this blog post in your head? I didn’t realize it either until the end of it and said to myself, ‘whoa, what a funny coincidence!’ Anyway enough being a five year old and onto these lovely stunners by my good friend Mr. Riccardo Bestetti. Starting this blog, 3.5 years ago, I did not much appreciate […]

September 7, 2013

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We Have All Gone Kiltie!

It’s amazing to watch a trend take off. One person creates the bold design and then everyone follows suit, in one way or another, creating their own version of the trend at hand. While I would say that the classic shoe industry is not so trend following as say the fashion industry, there are aspects about it that make it similar. One of the latest classic shoe industry trends, has been putting kilties (fringes) on […]