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November 17, 2016

The Elongated Norwegian Split Toe

In the split toe world, there are 3 types of constructions. There is the basic machine stitch split toe where you just see a small seam down the town (stitch on the inside), then there is the inverted hand stitch split toe (think Edward Green Dover), which is quite very popular among Italian brands and then you have the Norwegian split toe which is generally a hand stitched apron and split. Now within that realm […]

July 8, 2014

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Bi-Color Cordovan by Enrile

Usually I am not crazy about the split in color on a derby where the vamp/toe is one color and the quarter/counter is another. For some reason the difference between the colors splitting between top to bottom (like on a balmoral) is so much more pleasing to my eye in comparison to the colors splitting from left to right. I don’t know why this is but it is. This model by Spanish shoemaker Enrile took […]

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 […]

June 27, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Saint Crispins Split Toe

Usually I am not a huge fan of derbies, nor split toes alike but for some reason Saint Crispin’s shoes seem to put a spell on me. One aspect is that even if I don’t particularly like the style, they make the shoes look so elegant nonetheless, which inevitably ends up jumping out at me anyway. Another reason, is the amazing hand-finishing that they put on many (if not all) of their models. Never before […]

January 20, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Random’s

Shoes Above: Martegani Shoes Above: Tricker’s Shoes Above: Tom Ford Shoes Above: Allen Edmonds Shoes Above: Crockett & Jones for Brooks Brothers Well, I figured that I would give you a little bit of color that I don’t usually put on here. I actually really like it when makers create something in green. It can really look good if done properly. The Tom Ford is particularly nice, not only because of it’s deep, forest green […]