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September 23, 2015

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Ramon Cuberta New Unique Creation

I realized yesterday that my recent posts were on a path of similarity with who I was writing about and who I wanted to write about in the same week, in the fact that they were all Spanish. So I figured, ‘hey, let’s make this a Spanish shoe week!’ That being, allow me to present you Ramon Cuberta’s latest project which is a very creative wingtip adelaide that takes lines/edges (in both pattern, last and […]

August 18, 2015

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Buffalo Leather by Carmina for Skoaktiebolaget

When your wardrobe is full of shoes of all the various colors on the spectrum, where do you go from there? Well, I would say that most people (presuming they like exotic leather) would start to venture outside the world of calfskin. There are your traditional types of non-cow leather like Croc, Gator, Pig etc. but how often you come across buffalo? While this isn’t the first shoe that has ever had it, it certainly […]

November 5, 2012

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Meermin Mallorca – A Review & Appreciation

For some time now, I have been hearing and reading about this brand called Meermin Mallorca. It would have appeared that not long ago they had just popped onto the scene and had been making major headway, with lots of talk about them through the forums and blogs of the shoe industry. This obviously had piqued my interest, but not so much to really do something about it. But then, a few of you indicated […]

July 19, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Carmina Double Monks

Dear All, I have come back from Spain, to be completely snowed in with work, emails and disappointment from external factors within one aspect of my business. Therefore, due to the overwhelming amount of bombardment, I will be keeping this short. On a positive note, my time in Spain was very good and productive. I have finalized everything, including every color way that each model will come in. Hopefully these samples will all be done […]

May 14, 2012

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Carmina – The Spanish Conquistadors

As some of you may remember, a little while back I had the pleasure of being involved in one of The Armoury’s trunk shows, located here in London. At that trunk show, I had the first opportunity to truly appreciate the level of shoes that Carmina produces. Prior to this, I was always hearing about Carmina shoes but never really had the ability to judge them for myself, other than shining an old pair for […]

April 13, 2012

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The Armoury, Carmina, The Shoe Snob, London Trunk Show

For those that may not be aware, The Armoury, is a clothier in Hong Kong that specializes in artisanal offerings for men. One of these brands is Carmina, a recognized Spanish shoemaker, of whom I have just recently become very fond of. Now I had always know about them (Carmina), as well as heard good things, but it wasn’t until the owner of The Armoury (Mr. Mark Cho) asked me to shine the samples for […]

April 10, 2012

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Hand-Stitching The Apron: By Enrile

Have you ever wondered why an apron-toe shoe might cost more than its cap-toe or wingtip counterpart? Well, more likely than not, it is because that ‘apron’ (as it is called – the stitching on the toe/vamp area), was put together by someone sewing it by hand. That handwork (as it is called) costs extra money. Now this might be slightly off the subject at hand but I must stress this importance –as I continue […]

March 29, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Carmina

There is a sleeping giant in the shoe industry that not many people realize yet is soon going to be a major player, and that giant is Spain. For many years, Spain has been a producer of high quality shoes coming from several factories such as Carmina (which is shown here) and Magnanni, not to mention others that are less known. But only until recently, I believe, have people started to catch on, as the […]

June 12, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Enrile

As I usually tend to put ‘out of this world’ type shoes on these pages, I feel like every once in a while I need to switch it up a bit and add a little bit of classic back into my blog. I have only just discovered this new up-and-comer in the European shoe industry and therefore wanted to share it with all of you. Once only a leather goods maker, company Enrile from Seville, […]

January 9, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Norman Vilalta, Bespoke Shoemaker

When you think of bespoke shoemakers and where they come from, you generally think about Italy, England, France and maybe if you are really knowledgeable, you also think of Hungary. But what you don’t think of, is the rest of the world such as Spain, Japan, Germany, Sweeden, the USA etc. and all of these other places that actually have bespoke shoemakers but they are just not on that grand level scale. Most shoemakers take […]