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July 6, 2017

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Mythbuster Part 1 – Leather Creasing Means Something is Wrong

Leather creases. Plain and simple. There is no such thing as crease free leather. Frankly the thought of people thinking that leather should not crease is just absurd. So many times have I heard people complaining about wrinkled leather and thus blaming either the leather or the maker for this reason. Well allow me to tell you that there are so many more factors that play into a shoe’s leather becoming prominently wrinkled, factors that […]

December 12, 2016

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How Long Should My Shoes Last?

There is all kind of expectations when it comes to shoes. The more you spend, the longer one tends to feel that they should last. Unfortunately that is not always the case, especially when said person treats them like they are unbreakable and puts them through hell and back, expecting them handle all adverse weather as if it was a clear, sunny day. I have seen the best shoes get broke down in 6 months […]

December 8, 2016

Shine Your Heart Out! – L’art Du Glaçage

Some of the most impressive shines I have seen in recent times –again thankfully discovered due to Instagram– are by a young gentleman who works in Switzerland for Brogue Shoe Shop. His IG tag name is @lartduglacage and I promise if you follow you won’t be less than astonished by the gleaming shines he adorns some of the finest shoes in the world. And just look at the teaser that these three pictures are. Shines […]

February 17, 2016

Mario Bemer in 2016

Mario Bemer has come a long way since the launch of his brand and what he started with. At first, he had one last, an idea and a space to project that idea. Since then, he has grown his last selection to 3, changed his production to handwelted only and continues to make an array of models that are different in good way. He is expanding the business now selling to a few select stores […]

February 8, 2016

New Models by Gaziano & Girling

In the past few years Gaziano & Girling have been really busy with the new shop of theirs in London, growing the brand on a global scale and thus not having time for a lot of design work, but I think that in 2016 you will start to see a lot of new stuff coming out. These 4 new shoes (2 of which are new models and 2 of which are new colorways to existing […]

February 5, 2016

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New Carmina Models & Last

  While at Pitti Uomo 89, I managed to stop by Carmina’s booth as I always do to see what kind of goodness they have been creating. And I must say that for Carmina fans across the world you will be pleased to know that they has been busy working on a new last and a lot of new models of which many you can see here.  Apparently the new last is called Buger (you can […]

December 14, 2015

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Correspondent Shoes’ Latest Offering

A new site, Correspondent Shoes, has recently launched selling off a mix of very Italian (Branchini made), two toned inspired footwear also coupled by a select amount of boots made by British makers (Sargent) but still in tune with the idea of something very different and of two tonal nature. I wrote about them when they first launched but saw that they have already put out a new collection of which I thought might be […]

September 15, 2015

Italigente: The Review

There are many brands sprouting up these days, mainly private label stuff coming out of Spain and Italy. Few of them in my opinion are really making something that truly separates itself from the rest of the flock however and what you get is just another brand on the scene trying to make the cheapest shoe on the block. I don’t think that a lot of these brands end up surviving. While most people want […]

August 31, 2015

Masaru Okuyama To Visit Singapore

  For those of you in Singapore who have never had the opportunity to see bespoke shoes by a Japanese shoemaker, now is your chance to do so as Masaru Okuyama will host a trunk show at Kevin Seah this Fri/Sat. Masaru’s shoemaking technique is quite unique for a Japanese shoemaker, in my humble opinion, and this is what I like about him. Although having learned from a Japanese maker, his style of making seems to have a […]

Gaziano & Girling Graffiti

  I have always loved Graffiti. But I am not talking about amateur tagging or that rubbish you see splattered all over the place, by teenagers. I am talking about proper graffiti i.e. murals or tagging that actually takes skill, as real graffiti is an art and thus created by artists. Thomas Kalflo, who is the one that masterfully creates the patinas you see on G&G shoes, is also an artist that can draw anything […]