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September 20, 2016

Gaziano & Girling New ‘Savile’ Monkstrap

For those that may not know Gaziano & Girling have just recently celebrated their 10th anniversary and I couldn’t be happier for them. I still remember the day that I discovered them, like it was yesterday, in their first every bit of publicity in the US version of Robb Report. They have certainly come a long way since then and it has been well deserved. To celebrate their 10 years in business making beautiful shoes […]

June 26, 2015

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Burgundy Monks by Bonafe!

I saw these burgundy monks, by Enzo Bonafe, the other day on Skoaktiebolaget’s social media feed (can’t remember which one) and was instantly impressed and proud. Proud because I feel like someone has been listening to my constant nagging of ‘more burgundy!!’ Maybe not though and they had it made on their own accord, but nevertheless, I was pleased to see such a beauty and bet that they are going to look great on the […]

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 […]

July 25, 2014

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Barcelona + Norman Vilalta

    Live from Barcelona and visiting the shop of Norman Vilalta, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek into the life of his work. I have always felt that we were kind of shoe brothers in the way that we share our history of our time in the shoe industry. Norman, like me, learned his craft in the workshop of Stefano Bemer in 2002-2003. I came 5 years later however and while […]

July 16, 2014

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Santoni’s Goodyear Line

I have a love/hate relationship with Santoni. I don’t really hate them, they are actually very nice people who treated me very kindly when I went to visit their factory some years back. But I do love what they can do, which is what they do least of i.e. their Goodyear welted line. They seriously have the potential to be one of the greatest factories in Italy, doing shoes that stack up against any John […]

June 26, 2014

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Magnanni at Pitti Uomo 86

  Dear Readers, I am a bit backed up today so don’t really have time to write. Therefore, I will leave you with some of the Magnanni shoes that I saw while I was at PItti. While I am not crazy about the bologna/fine blake construction that Magnanni does, I have always appreciated the design of their shoes. Here are some of the ones that I really liked. See you tomorrow for more on Pitti […]

January 3, 2014

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The Single Monkstrap Shoe

For the last few years double monks have been all the rage in the shoe industry. And while I think that double monks will be popular for a while still to come, I do believe that the single monk will soon start to replace it as the dominating monk of the shoe industry. For me, personally, I have always like a single monk better than a double. It just seems so more much sleek and […]

December 19, 2013

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Hiro Yanagimachi – Yet Another Reason to go to Japan!

There are many reasons to go to Japan: eat top notch sushi, see the cherry blossom trees, visit the old city of Kyoto, drink refreshingly crisp Japanese lager etc. but there is none so great as the idea of visiting what seems to be their never-ending array of shoemakers. I feel like if I did a proper internet search of all of the bespoke shoemakers out there, I would probably come up with around 30-40. […]

December 2, 2013

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Jack Erwin Shoes – My Take on Them

There is a new brand on the scene that are creating quite a big storm in the shoe world, mainly in the US however and their name is Jack Erwin. For many of you outside of the US, this might very well be the first time that you are hearing about it. So allow me to explain what I have read and come across so far. The main point of their brand is to offer […]