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May 23, 2019

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The Perfect Cap Shine

A lot of people get overzealous with their shoe shining and want to cover the entire toe cap using the cap line as their metric of measurement. The problem with this ideology is pattern making has come a long way since the days of solely very traditional and classic shoes were being made. That means that the cap line is not always the defining indicator of where the toe puff ends. And what that means […]

March 27, 2019

Yeossal – Scott’s V-Cap Oxford

As I was taking my time shining, take pictures, and leaving on the floor of my showroom the two pairs of handwelted oxfords from new Singaporean brand, Yeossal, I think that I got more compliments on their shoes than my own. People were always like ‘oh, those ARE nice! Can I buy those?’ And sadly, I was like, ‘No, you can’t with me, but with Yeossal you can!’ But it was one of those then and […]

July 28, 2014

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Carmina at Pitti – New Things to Come!

While at Pitti I visited my friends at Carmina and needless to say I was quite impressed with all of their new models/colorways that I saw, particularly this lovely combination in their balmoral boot as well as this new slip-on/oxford model directly below. Carmina never ceases to impress and seeing their showroom really gave me an idea of how big they are as a brand in reality. They don’t do a lot of marketing or […]

March 12, 2014

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Hiro Yanagimachi Summer Samples

I am at a loss for words today so can’t really think of anything clever to say. All that I can say is that these spectator/co-respondents by Hiro Yanagimachi are simply sublime. And even though I am not the biggest fan of ghillies, I would rock those ones too! But anyway, the two tones are brilliant and I hope to soon start seeing more canvas being used as it is a great fabric; hard to […]

February 13, 2014

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Hiro Yanagimachi’s New Models

There is nothing like a new shoe design and the one that is shown on this saddle shoe, by Hiro Yanagimachi, is not like any that I have ever seen before. Being apart of the shoe nerds on the web one frequently comes across the likes of Koji Suzuki, Masaru Okuyama and Yohei Fukada but one does not really hear of Hiro Yanagimachi, not at least in the Western World. But according to some, he […]