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January 11, 2019

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The Wholecut Single Monk by Paolo Scafora

Seeing new designs and patterns always makes me excited. My favorite part about being a shoe designer is making samples and seeing a design come to life. But of course as I dont have all of the ideas in the world, I also love to see new things created by other brilliant makers too. Paolo Scafora is a brilliant ideas guy. He makes some next level design and this wholecut single monk is one of […]

October 5, 2015

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Saint Crispins MTO’s for Skoaktiebolaget

I just saw these MTO’s the other day and was blown away by their beauty. It’s not so much that they are things not done before, but in these colorways I have yet to really see them, and of course each brands pattern and shoemaking abilities differ quite a bit. The adelaide at the top is thing of beauty and that is saying a lot as I was never a huge fan of croc/gator. But […]

February 27, 2015

My Time in Milan

In the hopes of always trying new things and getting better products to make my shoes with, I went to Milan for the bi-annual Lineapelle leather fair and am currently still here. As luck would have it, I came down with a cold the day before leaving and still havent shaken it off. Travelling while ill definitely takes the fun out of it, but at least it’s just a cold and not a fever! Like […]

January 30, 2015

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Crockett & Jones S/S2015 Upcoming Models

I just had a look at the new S/S2015 shoe collection by Crockett & Jones and am impressed with that I have seen. Not only have they gone bold in their co-respondent offering (which is good to see), but I also particularly like the new balmoral oxford in what looks like a lovely shaped last. I have a feeling that this model is going to do very well for them.  All pictures courtesy of Crockett […]

January 22, 2015

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New Scarpe di Bianco at Pitti Uomo 87

  Another brand that I always enjoy visiting while I am at Pitti Uomo is Scarpe di Bianco. Apart from enjoying a nice catch up with owner William White, I know that I can always count on them to have new interesting and cool models, such as most of these in the pictures. William does exactly what I would love to do if funds were more available and that is to simply make tons and […]

September 25, 2014

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Carmina for Unipair

  The fringe trend was not a very long lived one in the grand industry but I still find myself quite attracted to them. For example, in this Carmina model for Unipair, I would not really like the shoe without the fringe as I find this style of single monk to be quite boring. That fringe, for me, seems to provide what it needs to give it a little ‘umpf’, you know, a little something. […]

June 4, 2014

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Shoe/Picture Creativity

  I love cool art, specifically shoe art. When I saw the picture above, of a pair of Edward Green shoes with an imagined red piping, I thought it was one of the coolest things ever. The colors and the fact that it looks real, but doesn’t at the same time was just so intriguing to me. It makes me wish that I had computer skills to do such things. Apparently it was done with […]

April 25, 2014

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Trunk Show at Skoaktiebolaget May 9th/10th

  X Dear Readers, In two weeks from now I will find myself in the wonderful country of Sweden, partaking in a trunk show for J.FitzPatrick Footwear at the great shop of Skoaktiebolaget in the Humlegardsgatan district of Stockholm. For all those native to that area (or even if you are not but live nearby) it would be a pleasure to meet you in person and present to you the shoes that I have worked hard […]

March 24, 2014

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New Aubercy Model

Dear Readers, Sorry it’s another one of those days that I am in such a rush that it’s even hard to find time to think. Just to get something up and feed your appetite for some shoe greatness, I thought that I would show you this new Aubercy monk with piping. A brilliant execution as always, it’s no wonder why they remain within the ranks of my all-time favorite makers. I will actually be going […]

February 14, 2014

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Soles to Match by Riccardo Bestetti

Riccardo Bestetti never ceases to amaze me with his artistic talents. Not only is his patina work on his uppers very beautiful but it would appear that he is taking it to the next level by matching (as best he can) that same patina on the soles of the shoes. While doing the soles is not something that will ultimately last, it still is a nice touch and beautiful to see. The only downside is […]