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November 12, 2016

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Aubercy Part 3: Masaru Okuyama, Tuczek, Anthony Cleverley

Another project that Xavier Aubercy has just started working on is the publicizing of other less known shoemakers from the various countries around the world that one may not think about. That being, because Xavier loves the idea of well-made, put-your-heart-into-it footwear, he is doing his best to spread the name of less known artists, such as Masaru Okuyama, in order to spread the love, so to speak. I thought that this was so brilliant. […]

August 8, 2016

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Herring + Alfred Sargent = 1966 Collection

Herring shoes has come a long way in the last few years. When I first started out as a blogger, I won’t lie, I was not a fan of what they were selling as it appeared to be predominantly the lower end shoes made by the likes of Loake and Cheaney (doing what looked liked their bottom end work to maintain those low prices). And it was overly English in my eyes. But in the […]

November 16, 2013

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Edward Green Hove – A Great Single Monk!

I hope that you guys can appreciate me posting on my trip as I am getting so frustrated using WordPress on my Samsung tablet. It’s taken me about 20 minutes just to get this far!! Tablets suck for doing blogs and uploading images!!! Urghhhhhh!! Okay enough venting….. So I have recently been seeing this lovely brogued single monk by Edward Green popping up all over the internet. I have always liked this model as it […]

August 29, 2013

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JM Weston’s New Black Tie Collection

In the hopes to maintain a balance between a beautiful suit and immaculate shoes when attending formal events, JM Weston has created their very own Black Tie Collection. Introducing 5 new models (some more formal than others IMHO), they have created what they feel is the perfect offering to accompany the immortal dinner suit. I quite like the fact that they are not all patent, as I do truly feel that this idea of having […]

August 23, 2013

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Blue Suede Monks by JM Weston

Everyone should own a pair of blue suede shoes. Period. They are A. So versatile; B. So frickin’ cool and C. Double extra cool. You can literally wear them with anything, and I mean that. What can’t you wear them with? That is the question. Sure, not a black suit, but who wears those outside of weddings, funerals, black tie events or being a bouncer at a club? Oh yea, a lot of America does […]

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 […]

May 21, 2013

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Spring/Summer 2013 Scarpe di Bianco Goodness

What I really like about Scarpe di Bianco is the fact that they have new models to drool over each season. Most shoe companies of this level don’t have such frequent new offerings, which makes it so that you have to chose from their ever-current stock, unless that is that they have a brilliant MTO program, which makes it so that you can have a new thing under the sun anytime that you wanted. But […]

May 7, 2013

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Blue Carmina’s….F***ing Amazing!!!

Blue is my favorite color, so naturally any shoe that comes in it and looks reasonably good, is going to be on my list of top-tier spectaculars! Needless to say, this Carmina model, offered by Epaulet of NYC, is cream of the crop. Not only have I loved this version of a single monk for a very long time (being very different from everyone else), but the shade of blue calf is simply exquisite. This […]

April 25, 2013

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Edward Green Spring/Summer 2013

I have been meaning to pop into Edward Green for the longest time now and take some snaps of their latest and greatest and the other day I finally managed to do so. I must say that I was terribly impressed by all of the injection of color that they have been doing as of lately. For a company with such a rich history with a strong and loyal client base, who I am sure […]

March 14, 2013

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Bontoni Brilliance!

I never really see Bontoni’s anymore and I just finally discovered why. Apparently, the founder (the grandfather) put a clause into the contract when he sold the company (or passed it on) to his heirs (son or grandsons -whichever) stating that he did not want his shoes to be sold in Europe (specifically Italy — on a RTW basis) but only be provided as custom creations. I was told that when they first started, it […]