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December 4, 2014

Saint Crispins Factory Visit

It’s amazing how a brand can come onto the scene and explode within a matter of months, going from virtually being unknown (in the grand scheme of things) to becoming the talk of the industry. In a sense this happened to Saint Crispins a few years back. It’s not that they were “unknown” per se, but that the people that did know them were only a small fraction compared those that know them now. I […]

November 17, 2014

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Maftei Vienna

While in Vienna a few months back, I had the pleasure of going to one of the Maftei shops and seeing the shoes for the first time in person. I was never quite sure about them from pictures. I always felt that something seemed off about them, but having seen them in person I was quite pleasantly surprised especially considering the cost of them which I believe is around €1100-€1300 (can’t remember exactly) for full […]

August 18, 2014

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The Seamless Wholecut by Maftei

  The seamless wholecut is the like the unicorn of shoes. It’s not often seen and not made by many. And it has to be created by hand. At least for now it does until some intelligent shoemaker learns how to industrialize it. But I am not sure if that is going to happen any time soon. Either way, my good friend Jesper Ingevaldsson (of Shoegazing blog) just recently acquired a pair from the Romanian […]

March 26, 2014

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New Saint Crispin Brogues for Leatherfoot – In Bold Colors!

  This is probably the cleanest example that I have ever seen of a “proper” purple leather used in footwear and it’s quite commendable to be honest. I have always been intrigued by the idea of a proper purple being used on a pair of smart shoes but as it is hard to come by, I sort of just forgot about the idea of how cool it can look if done in an elegant way. Saint Cripsins […]

February 4, 2013

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Bespoke Maftei? Why not?!!

While I do love my wholecuts, free of anything at all, I must admit that I do think that I prefer it with a tad bit of brogueing, just to spice it up a bit. This lovely model here, made by Maftei, is the perfect example of a tiny bit of detailed brogueing just to separate the otherwise complete blank canvas that would be without it. But what I really like most about this shoe […]

February 20, 2012

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Maftei Interview/Post by Claymoor

Dear Readers, I have had the pleasure of being allowed to use a very very interesting post/interview conducted by the author of Romanian blog, Claymoor, in regards to Maftei shoes (and left almost in his own word). While this is only a bit of the entire original post, which is far larger, it provides some very nice insight into who Maftei is, the shoes that his company makes and a bit of history in regards […]

September 17, 2011

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Shoe Of The Week – Maftei

As the world progresses, it becomes harder and harder to say that one thing, whether it be a product or service, is best found here or there. This used to be the case many years ago, but as people become more and more curious about the arts and crafts that were once famous in a certain area, they begin to take it upon themselves to become just as good. Some even go as far as […]