Usually when I do these picture specials it’s with a new pair I got it from some famous bespoke shoemaker, but thought it might be fun to show off my latest TLB Mallorca Artista pair a bit closer, and get to share some detail pictures on the rather special features you find on those that are highly unusual on Goodyear welted shoes in the midrange price segment.
We now open up the qualification to the finals of the World Championships in Shoe Shining and the first World Championships in Shoe Patina 2020, two great contests organised together with Saphir. Finals take place at the London Super Trunk Show on April 25. The patina finalists will paint their shoes during the whole event, and the shoe shiners have 20 minutes to shine a shoe as lovely looking as they possibly can.
Some innovations in the shoe area do not survive very long, no matter how practical they actually are. One such example is heels with rotating rubber top piece, so that when you have worn down the back one could easily turn the wheel and get a new part to wear on. Mainly due to aesthetics this didn’t hit it off, and today the solution is forgotten.
We are happy to once again invite you all to the world’s largest open event for classic shoes, the London Super Trunk Show, organised by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob. On Saturday April 25, in the middle of London on 12 Regent Street, we gather more than ten brands from all over the world, interesting partners, there will be the World Championships in Shoe Shining and Shoe Patina, plus the World Championships in Shoemaking will have it’s award ceremony and competition shoes displayed. Below all info about the event.
Achieving a beautiful depth in the leather’s shade is one of the pleasant things that the use of really good shoes brings. Much of it comes with usage and time, but of course it can be enhanced in different ways. One of the slightly more unfamiliar ways is the use of navy shoe cream.
After ten years at Gaziano & Girling, Swedish bespoke shoemaker Daniel Wegan left the company this autumn to start his own brand. This spring, Catella Shoemaker is launched, where the reigning world champion in shoemaking can fully develop his vision of the perfect bespoke shoes.
It’s a real pleasure to invite you all to the first Amsterdam Super Trunk Show. A bunch of shoe brands from all over the world, partners and other interesting menswear exhibitors, plus the first Dutch Championships in Shoe Shining, all taking place at Cristofori Concert Hall of the Playing Circle, in the central parts of Amsterdam, on Saturday March 7. Here all info about the event.
Alte Art is relatively unknown, even though one founder is one of the pioneers of the thriving Japanese bespoke shoe scene, and the brand has been around for almost two decades. And despite the fact that they create very well-made bespoke shoes, and also some of the most inspiring and fascinating art shoes I have ever seen.
Browsed passed this image on the computer, and was struck by how much this signaled a bygone era. Double monk shoes that were all the rage 5-10 years ago, here my pair from Vass on the U last in Antique Cognac which I loved dearly, but had to sell since I weighed about 20 kilos less at that time and they became too cramped when I gained weight.
Bespoke shoe lasts, the construction and the finishing are made very differently to almost all factory-made shoes. But how can you take parts from bespoke shoemaking, and make them accessible to more people through cheaper factory-made RTW shoes? That’s what episode 6 of the Shoegazing Podcast is about, with Maslow So from Mori of Shoemakers.