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July 3, 2014

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Mario Bemer – A New Start

For those that may not know, Stefano Bemer (the man) passed away about 2 years ago now. During the time that it occurred there was a lot of speculation as to what was going to happen with the company. About 6-8 months later, it was announced that the Stefano Bemer name had been purchased and that the company and shoes would live on. It was of course great news, as a name that was synonymous […]

April 9, 2014

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Cheaney Impresses Imensely

I was walking down the Piccadilly Arcade the other day and as I usually do briefly scoured past the windows of all the little shoe shops of which Cheaney just happens to be one of. Usually I blow right by, but this day I was encountered with a surprising shock of attraction to one of the new models that I saw in the window. Now, allow me to explain a bit about myself and Cheaney. […]

November 1, 2013

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Ed Et Al Revamp Round 2

  As most of you know, I am always quite pleased to see shoes that have been made with some sort of  with fabric/cloth integrated into their upper. This one by Ed Et Al in particular is quite unique as the fabric looks like the weight of a suit cloth, not your typical heavy weight flannel type that is normally used for shoemaking. The pattern is also quite interesting as it is pairing an extended […]

July 29, 2013

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Managing Your Shoe Purchase Expectations

G&G, the perfect shoemaker. When buying these they should be flawless, but that is what you should get for +£700 I recently had a nice cab ride here in Central London with a lovely fellow who used to play professional football (soccer) back in the early 70′s. We got to chatting, so he asked what I was doing living in London and I told him that I was a shoe designer. He then began to […]

April 19, 2013

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My Two New Toys

I have always wanted a nice briefcase bag to complete my outfits of slick shoes, nice suits and smart coats. Only that a bag of exceptional caliber will usually run you much more than a well made shoe. As I am by no means wealthy (as of yet!), I was left to toting around my Samsonite computer bag all around London, day in and day out. However, my luck has finally changed and have now […]

December 28, 2012

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King Of The Spectator – Barbanera

There is a new Italian shoe company, Barbanera (which means ‘black beard’), that has popped onto the scene (end of 2011) and seems to be making some headway with their lovely rendition of a spectator (co-respondent). Done on a U-cap and in the form of an adelaide, I must say that I find their version to be quite appealing and desirable. According to the owner of the company, they are using mainly goodyear welted construction […]

November 9, 2012

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Aubercy Sketch Design

Design is an amazing thing. It can be translated/expressed in so many different ways, from a simple Joe Schmo sketch like mine, to this amazing work of art that someone drew as a concept to a pair of Aubercy shoes. It’s amazing to think about about how an idea turns into a tangible product and to see how that idea was expressed. This design here, looks identical to the actual product, which makes sense as […]

October 2, 2012

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Alfred Sargent Balmoral Boot

Dear Readers, This won’t be too long as it’s 6:45am, and I am about to leave for a short trip to Paris. While there I will snap some pictures of a shoemaker that I have always wanted to know more about, as I am sure that many of you will too…..so stay tuned…. Until then, enjoy these lovely balmoral boots created by Alfred Sargent for Paul Stuart. The top one is something that I could […]

September 10, 2012

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 3.1: The Creative Side — Shoe Designing

Let me first start of by saying that I have no credentials in shoe design and/or company branding. The closest that I have to design skills was drawing Wolverine and Ninja Turtles when I was a young boy. As far as company branding goes, well I did have a Minor (at University) in Marketing, but I dont really remember much about any of it if I am going to be honest. So, as you can […]

September 7, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Ivan Crivellaro Tassel Loafers Part 2

Sometimes, I feel like maybe I am tiring you all out with all of the two-toned shoes that I put up on the blog, but then again, I simply can’t help but be drawn to them and want to share them. They are like ‘crack’ for me, especially when they are done well, and even more so when they are done with materials outside of leather such as this model here by Ivan Crivallero that […]