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February 6, 2015

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The At Home Patina

So a client recently showed me his very first attempt at patina which I must say was quite impressive. His goal was not to look like a 5 year old had done it, and I have to say that what came out looks better than many of what the so-called patina artists produce. (Not ones that I show on the blog, but the countless others) Nicknaming it the ‘Tortoise’ look, I have to say that […]

December 22, 2014

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Crockett & Jones MTO Boots!

A blog reader sent me a pair of his newly acquired Crockett & Jones MTO balmoral boots and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed as it reminded me of something that I would easily order myself. Not only is it burgundy, which is lovely on boots, but it has a great (and uncommon) tweed pattern. C&J doesn’t so much promote their MTO program so much but with their immense catalogue of styles and […]

December 17, 2014

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Antonio de Torres Upcoming Brand

A while back I wrote about a brand by the name of Massimo Ferrari (see review here) who was headed up by shoe designer Luis Antonio Torres. It would appear that since then, the direction of the company has changed and he is now dropping a new line with his name as the brand. Instead of going into all the details on here, I will pass you on to Claymoor’s list who did a big […]

December 8, 2014

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Boot Season is Back!

I am not sure that anyone can deny that Edward Green is the current reigning champ when it comes to having an awesome boot selection. The Galway alone (as shown above) is probably among the coolest boots ever, not to mention their balmoral offering of the Shannon. The only thing that they are really missing is a button boot, but somehow I doubt that they would ever go through the trouble of making one of […]

December 1, 2014

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More Denim in Shoes – This time by Barbanera!

For me, it’s always nice to see denim being used in shoes. Usually you find it paired with brown, but Barbanera decided to do something a bit different this time and put it with a black shoe. Many people might not think that black leather and denim would suit each other so well as black leather is usually seen as quite formal and denim being the ultimate in casual, but as this shoe as a […]

November 13, 2014

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Bespoke Berluti Saddle Loafers

As I said a few posts ago, the sweeping saddle loafer is making a comeback and this Berluti rendition is top of the line! It is no surprise however, as Berluti’s bespoke is among the top even if their RTW is not. I have seen a few of the bespoke numbers in my time and they were nothing shy of excellent in every sense of the word. Take it even a step further when you […]

October 27, 2014

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Green is Good!

I just stumbled upon this picture of the Gaziano & Girling ‘Gable’ model and could not help but be enamored with it. I was never that fond of the ‘Gable’ model in it’s stock color of dark brown and on G&G’s ever popular TG73 last (the chisel toe). However, after seeing it in this lovely shade of green on the DG70 last (my favorite one), I have now come to look at it in a […]

October 24, 2014

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Cloth Used in Shoes by Herring

Using cloth in shoes is getting bigger and bigger these days and I personally, as always, am quite happy to see it. This pair, by Herring, worn by my good friend, Gui Bo (of Men Need More Style), is a perfect example of a brilliant execution. I have been so inspired these days that I have decided to do my own version too! (penny loafer though) However it probably wont be out for a year […]

October 20, 2014

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Jacques & Demeter – A Cool Take On The Winter Boot

For all of you Longwing lovers out there, I presume that something like these new Jacques & Demeter boots will be just up your alley for a potential winter boot purchase for this upcoming season. The weather is starting to turn for the worse and I find myself gravitating to the thought of boots and flannel. While these shown are not necessarily something that I would wear with flannel, I am lucky enough to be […]

October 13, 2014

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Two Toned Boots Are Best!

In an unrealistic world, there are no limits to the amount of laced boots a man could own. As sick as it is, I think that I am going on about 15 pairs (and that does not include chukka’s). For some reason, I just can’t get enough of them and every time that I see one that is unique, I get a bit excited. This new one by Enzo Bonafe (for Skoaktiebolaget), although greatly reminding […]