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September 12, 2016

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Exotics – Your cow leather alternatives

Shoes Above: Crocodile by Riccardo Bestetti Up until I moved to Italy to learn bespoke shoemaking, I never really was a fan of exotics. This was partly due to the fact that in America, certain exotic leathers are made in a way that they are insanely gaudy i.e. blue and green ‘pythons’, yellow ‘gators,’ pink stingray etc. And the other reason being that many of them are made, in my opinion, on the ugliest lasts […]

June 23, 2013

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Sunday Shoe Porn

Corthay Circle, Courtesy of En Grande Pompe JM Weston, Courtesy of En Grande Pompe Bespoke Cleverley Jan Kielman – Bespoke from Poland

March 29, 2013

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Bespoke Shoes – Where the hell are they???

I have been writing this blog for about 3 years now and in that time, I have probably put up about a million pictures of shoes. As all of you can attest to, a lot of what I put up is generally the stuff that the average man probably wouldn’t wear and that would definitely stand out in broad daylight, or in the case of these bad boys above (by George Cleverley) would also do […]

August 26, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Riccardo Bestetti

I constantly get so jealous when I look through the pictures of shoes that Riccardo Bestetti has made. Not only because they are beautiful and I want them all but because his bespoke shoes are the closest thing in style, color, and detailing to what I see lacking in the shoe industry and what I hope to slowly but surely release into the world at non-bespoke prices. For instance, either on the those two whole […]