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Suede Shoes Archive

September 13, 2018

Diamond Cut Cap Toes by Enzo Bonafe for Skoaktiebolaget

A suede shoe is usually seen as your more casual option of footwear as the rough texture doesn’t lend itself to a shine or a sleek look like calfskin does. But for me it also matters the pattern of the shoe. This very sleek diamond cut cap toe adelaide by Enzo Bonafe for Skoaktiebolaget to me is very dressy looking. I would put this under any suit and think that the man wearing these is […]

August 8, 2018

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Deconstructed Summer Loafers by Meermin

I am not personally a fan of deconstructed shoes but I really like the look of these Meermin loafers that they created for the Summer season. I know that come Summer and those hotter months, many people live in their deconstructed shoes so thought a lot of you could appreciate these. The classic colors were used here which is the safe option but it would have been cool to see at least a navy suede […]

July 23, 2018

New Fresco Range by Gaziano & Girling

Gaziano & Girling has recently launched a new Summer Range of ‘fresco’ shoes. As the name would entail, these shoes are meant to be something more ‘lightweight and flexible’ compared to the standard welted range that you typically get from British shoemakers. It is like a touch of Italian soft shoulder on the standard structured English cut. And what they came up with is the Capri: A classic penny loafer with an elongated toe on […]

July 11, 2018

A Solid Line Up – A Personal Collection of Carmina Shoes

A pretty solid line up here shown by @armandomadrid of Instagram. This is just of his Carmina collection which is quite impressive really for having just one brand in 10 pairs of shoes. Very loyal which I am sure Carmina is happy about as I know that I love it when my clients are like that with me. If I had to critique it, I would say that only one thing is truly missing and […]

July 10, 2018

Bright Socks – Best for Hot Days

When you live in a cold and/or grey place it is not so desirable to do two things that are frequently done in warmer climates: 1. Wear bright socks and 2. Go sockless. Having lived in NYC for a year now I have started to do more of both. It is just so hot here and wearing dark colors just makes you feel hotter. And some days wear anything (on your feet) is just a […]

June 22, 2018

Introducing the Issaquah String Loafer – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

The long, braided-string tassel loafer has been a favorite of mine for a while now. I always admired the Anthony Cleverley version but never thought to add it to our collection until one of our French customers asked for it via MTO. Normally we do not make special requests like that as it was a change of pattern but as I wanted one for myself, I went ahead and made that happen! And thankfully I […]

June 16, 2018

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Septieme Largeur – Spring/Summer 2018 Line Up!

Septieme Largeur has made a clear statement this Summer with their color scheme of Snuff suede, Bottle Green suede and what looks like Deep Red Suede. Quite the choice of colors. In some models it looks great, in others, well let’s just say that it would be a matter of taste. For example, I personally love the Green suede monks as well as the Deep Red Chukkas. Those just might be my favorites of the […]

June 8, 2018

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Löf & Tung’s New Loafers

Skoaktiebolaget’s house brand, Löf & Tung, has just launched some new loafers for the Summer. Two are classic leather loafers that really don’t do it for me in an exciting way, but I love the suede versions. I have always been a fan of the braided tassel loafer, and the dark brown suede version is a must-have for any man that likes a classic yet still not too common tassel loafer. I have also really been […]

May 19, 2018

Suede with Patina by Altan Bottier

Altan Bottier is not the first to give suede a patina but I do particularly like their style of giving patina to a suede wholecut oxford. This kind of staining the trim of the shoe really gives it a unique look and makes them quite enticing for purchase. I particularly like the blue one, although that could be because blue is my favorite color. And it may sound silly but the lacing system that they choose […]

May 17, 2018

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Adding Flair to Your Tassels

The beauty of having tassels/strings on your shoes is the fact that by having an additional element you are able to do so much with it when entering the realm of MTO. The classic choice is to just go tonal but that is all too easy and while still can look good and maintain a classic look, adding flair to your shoe by giving the tassels another texture and/or color gives that little extra push […]