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Whole Cut Loafers Archive

August 29, 2011

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Shoes — Part 2: Style & Terminology — Loafers/Slip On’s

Among the more casual forms of dress shoes within the shoe industry are the lovely non-laced loafer shoes (or slip-on’s). Although the origin of loafers most likely trace back to way before the internet might tell me, the popularity of them came about around the 1930’s, when Norwegian shoemakers were exporting these moccasin like shoes to the rest of Europe. Apparently American tourists took a liking to them and Esquire magazine did a feature on […]

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 […]

August 12, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – George Cleverley

I love to see shoes made in skins that I have never seen before, so when I saw these bespoke George Cleverley loafers, I was stupefied. Not only had I not seen this skin before, I had never even heard of the animal, carpincho that is. If you have never heard of it too, I will let you know that carpinchos just might be the scariest things ever, being that they look like a mix […]

August 11, 2011

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Life’s Influence On Your Shoe Collection

It’s truly amazing how you evolve as a person, not only with the way you think but with the way you behave, with the way that you dress, with the way that you do most things really. Thinking about what I wanted to write about this morning I was just think about me being in this place in time, and how different I am compared to 2 years ago, when I was in Italy, and […]

July 3, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Crocodile Loafers By Bestetti

Using crocodile (or alligator) on a pair of shoes, is most likely one of those things that you either love or absolutely hate. I have always had a mixed feeling, where on some shoes I think it looks atrocious, and on others, I could not see it done better. This loafer, by Bestetti, would fall into the latter category. I do find crocodile to be on the ostentatious side of the leather spectrum, so do […]

April 21, 2011

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Easter Vacation & Today’s Favorites – Alfred Sargent

To all of my readers, I just wanted to let you know that I will be away on a short holiday trip to Italy from Friday to Monday and will not be around computer access. So I am sorry that until Tuesday the 26th there will not be any new posts, but this is a good time to read through my archives to see if there is any valuable information or some great shoe porn […]

March 9, 2011

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My Shoes #17 – My 1st Bespoke (Handmade) Pair

Considering, that it’s now been over a year since I have been blogging, I figured it was about time that I buy myself a camera and stop stealing my wife’s to take photos of myself. It actually works out great now, because I can just take pictures of my outfits for when I go to work and not have to lug around this great big camera that my wife enjoys taking ‘professional’ like pictures with. […]

December 20, 2010

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The Whole-Cut Loafer

When you think about traditional English shoes styles, what usually comes to mind are brogues. But what I just noticed not too long ago is that the majority of British shoe companies almost always offer a ‘whole-cut’ loafer. And when I say ‘the majority,’ I mean it in the sense of the classic companies who hold traditional shoemaking standards to a high level and maintain (to a degree) the quintessentially British appeal when creating their […]