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April 25, 2017

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Things To Know About Shoes, Part 3: 21-30

Here is yet another post about Things to Know About Shoes. If you missed 1-20, you can find them HERE and HERE. I hope that you all enjoy! 21. Grained leather takes the rain best of all i.e. does not show the wear and tear as bad as calf. Suede is next (darker suede that is). Calfskin is actually the most sensitive out of the (main) leathers. So when it rains, wear suede or grained […]

December 13, 2016

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Foster & Son: An Ode To Archaic Bespoke Shoes

I am a firm believer in the thought that technology, albeit amazing, has made society as a whole, a lot lazier. We don’t have to work nearly as hard (or at all in the case of some production) to create the same things that our forefathers did. And in many industries, this change in quality of production is very obvious. Let’s take the shoe industry for example. In my opinion, the quality of production has […]

November 13, 2014

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Bespoke Berluti Saddle Loafers

As I said a few posts ago, the sweeping saddle loafer is making a comeback and this Berluti rendition is top of the line! It is no surprise however, as Berluti’s bespoke is among the top even if their RTW is not. I have seen a few of the bespoke numbers in my time and they were nothing shy of excellent in every sense of the word. Take it even a step further when you […]

November 5, 2014

Loafers by Corno Blu

Saddle strap (not necessarily saddle per se, but full strap) loafers –like the one above– seem to be making a big come back these days. Putting the strap just on top of the vamp –like the one below– for me just isn’t as appealing anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I like them still, but something about that extending strap makes it more intriguing for me (and I am starting to believe that this might be […]

August 8, 2013

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Wildsmith Back in Action and Now Live!

Wildsmith, the name that for some reason makes me think of cowboy boots and that was once associated with some of the finest shoes around, has come back into the shoe industry, ready to take it by storm! While they used to be made by Edward Green before their closure some 30-40 years back, the current owners decided to change things up a bit by creating a more competitive and affordable price-point, ranging between £335-£365 […]

June 28, 2013

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J.FitzPatrick – New Models/Last in the Woodworks

One of the great things about my factory is that they will literally allow me to design anything and will try to make it for me. I have heard through the grapevine that many classic factories (making this type of welted shoe) don’t allow this type flexibility for their private label customers, forcing them to stay within the boundaries of classical patterns. So needless to say, I feel quite fortunate for this freedom and therefore […]

May 14, 2013

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Bespoke G&G for Steven Taffel – Legendary

For those that don’t know, Steven Taffel is the owner of NYC shoe store Leffot. And these bad boys are his new bespoke numbers by Gaziano & Girling. When I first saw these, I must say that I was blown away not only by the shear beauty of them as a whole but also for the execution in the design and details. There is not one thing about them that is out of place or […]

December 21, 2012

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Bespoke Berluti’s…..To Die FOR!

Let’s get this out in the open: Berluti shoes are beautiful. However, I find that their RTW prices are simply not justified for blake-stitched construction. I would much rather go MTO G&G plus trees for £1000. BUT, their goodyear welted bespoke shoes are simply and utterly INCREDIBLE!!!! I finally had the pleasure of handling one not too long ago, and everything about them was phenomenal. The leather was a breeze to shine, the construction and […]

May 8, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Gaziano & Girling Saddle Loafers

There is nothing quite like a nice loafer. They are so versatile and pleasing simply for the fact that you don’t have to bend over to tie them. I mean, what more could you really ask for? It’s laziness at its finest! If you must though, then allow me to elaborate….They go great with jeans, amazing with chinos, workable with suits, and pretty much every other trouser that you can think of….And I really never […]