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September 19, 2019

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A Quick Trip to Leffot NYC

I took a quick pit stop into Leffot in NYC yesterday to say hello to Steven and see what they had on offer and was very happy to see many beautiful things in the shop. For those that do not know, Steven Taffel, who created Leffot in NYC, is one of the pioneers of the multi-brand shoe shops in the US that actually brought quality shoemakers like Aubercy, Gaziano & Girling, Norman Viltala etc (all […]

February 27, 2019

Green Shoes – Trend or ‘The Future’?

We have a special guest post today, written by my colleague Ché, all about the idea of green in footwear.  We have seen a lot of it lately. Is it here to stay? Is it a trend? Let’s discuss…. –Justin Ever consider dark green as an alternative to your black shoes? Might I suggest this as an overlooked option…I know, I know…green sounds a bit wild. A deep, rich green will be understated. At first glance, […]

GDPR Opt In – What’s It All About?

You have all probably been receiving a lot of emails lately with this EU ‘GDPR’ business and wondering what that might be? Well, allow me to explain in my limited capacity of what this whole debacle is all about. As the world of the internet is growing and at a rapid pace at that, you have probably started to see that we are constantly bombarded by the offering of things, like ads really. A huge […]

May 17, 2018

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Adding Flair to Your Tassels

The beauty of having tassels/strings on your shoes is the fact that by having an additional element you are able to do so much with it when entering the realm of MTO. The classic choice is to just go tonal but that is all too easy and while still can look good and maintain a classic look, adding flair to your shoe by giving the tassels another texture and/or color gives that little extra push […]

May 15, 2018

Black Suede Shoes – Where Are They?

I love black suede. It is probably one of my favorite materials to make footwear with. But I never do because I can’t just make samples for myself without the possibility of trying to potentially put them into production. And the shame is that no one buys black suede, at least hardly anyone does. And I have always wondered why? Why is that that people love black calf shoes but are so afraid of black […]

November 8, 2017

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Saint Crispins Americas Tour the US

  Sorry for the radio silence over the last few days but I have been traveling like a mad man, leaving NYC 10pm on Sunday, arriving to London then next day at 10am, scrambling to do a few things and then left the next morning for Sweden at 7am. And now I am here in Stockholm doing a trunk show, so needless to say time has been very limiting to get out blog posts. Therefore, […]

September 29, 2017

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Hand Sewn Aprons by Saint Crispins

If you start to pay attention to shoes, you will notice that many brands apron stitches on the vamp are quite standardized in shape and proportion to the last. Therefore most aprons are the same. But not Saint Crispins who does all kinds of shapes, designs and sizes of hand stitched aprons on the vamp. For example their typical apron stitch on their loafer (as highlighted) always comes with a shorter apron, which I actually find […]

September 3, 2017

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Work Boots by Saint Crispins

It is often that we think that for a pair of work boots for let’s say heavy duty work, that we have to use some Red Wing style (or even more rugged than that) as it somehow befits the territory or the look. Now, while I can agree with this sentiment if you need a pair of steel toe boots because you deal with things that can crush your toes. for just a normal, say construction […]