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January 17, 2013

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Bestetti’s New English Chisel Toe

Bestetti’s shoes are so beautiful they almost don’t look real. That’s the feeling I get when I look at the picture above. It’s so pristine and flawless and it’s not easy to make shoes look that way, which gives me the feeling that it can’t be an actual shoe, just a mirage of one!! Anyway, this is the new “English” last (chisel toe) as he calls it, that Bestetti just came out with. Of course […]

November 13, 2012

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I Love Edward Green…..And You Should Too!

Courtesy of Leather Soul There are many reasons that companies become great and stay that way for many years after. The fact that Edward Green has always been a industry leader in the high end/quality footwear sector, for me, is due to their constant ability to not forget the detail, or rather their ability to create a detail that is not only elegant and amazing, but that has never been done before. I can wholeheartedly […]

September 3, 2012

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 2: The Retail Experience

When I graduated university I was working for Nordstrom, at the flagship store in Downtown Seattle, where all of the buyers and corporate offices were located. As part of my 5 year plan, I told myself that despite having a bachelorís degree in Entrepreneurship, I would stay working in the retail industry serving others, so that I could do two things: 1. Comprehend the minds of consumers and why they purchase & 2. Network with […]

August 31, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Septieme Largeur ‘Clean’ Patina

There are many different types of patinas out there, and many things that you can do on a shoe when it is a blank canvas. I remember the first ‘patinas’ that I ever saw, in the sense that the shoe must have been made on a crust leather (white un-colored leather), and then dyed at the factory. They were on ready made shoes, were of Italian brands, and came in colors like red, green, blue […]

August 14, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Barker Double Monks

During the Summer sale period here in London, if you look hard enough, you can find some great deals, as was the case for my colleague who found these Charles Tyrwhitt double monks (made by Barker) for around £165. As the residential Shoe Snob here at G&H, many of my colleagues will come to me for shoe advice, to show off their new shoes or as in the case of most ask me to shine […]

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 […]

November 14, 2011

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My First Prototype

As ‘The Shoe Snob,’ you can imagine that for my first prototypes, and collection for that matter, I am going to have some very high expectations. Well, 8 out of 13 of those prototypes came in the mail today. Some of them were ‘bang on,’ but sadly to say, some of them also left me quite disappointed to say the least. Now, I know that this is only the first round of prototypes (so I […]