Shoes have gone from something that most ordered from a local cordwainer in versions of relatively standard styles, past a segment where styles were perhaps more limited but Ready to Wear shoes were kept in loads of different lasts and widths that customers could try on, up to today’s situation where there is a huge selection of styles but fit-wise more and more streamlined to fit the most common feet “ok”, instead of fitting some feet great. Here’s how it all evolved.
Elon Musk, Ingvar Kamprad, Anna Wintour, Bill Gates – every industry has its driven entrepreneurs. In classic men’s shoes, Marcos Fernandez Cabezas is one of the best, the man behind some of France’s most successful quality shoe brands of recent decades.
The Italian brand Stefano Bemer has just introduced a new innovation within the world of classic footwear, where an NFC tag embedded in the shoe makes it possible for customers to scan any shoe with a smartphone and apart from regular product info also find info on the specific materials used, where it’s sourced and so on.
Since I wrote the article on winter sales last week a few other really good sales of quality footwear have started, so to make sure that no one misses these I do a summary of them as well. Several hundreds of pairs in total are up for a bargain here.
India is a country that we see more and more quality shoe brand appearing from, and one of the most acclaimed ones is Bridlen. Here’s a substantial review of two models from their two main lines of Goodyear welted shoes, to see if they live up to their reputation.
2022 comes to an end, and as I’m prepping for this evening’s festivities I snapped this photo and got this post together. This has been a year where much of what was missed from before the pandemic has been back – for example the super trunk shows, meeting folks in person for podcast interviews and travels to Japan, Italy, England etc to gather content. For next year, it will be more about introducing new exciting stuff.
When it comes to quality footwear, there’s a lot more to it than just leather soles or rubber soles. The various types within each category are huge, all with various specs and preferences. Here’s a substantial guide to all the most common types of soles for quality shoes and boots.
It’s that time of the year again. Christmas is upon us, and in large parts of the world that special, warm holiday feeling does its best to keep our spirits up when it’s dark almost the whole days and the troubles of the world are floating around. Suitably, I’m dressed in reddish footwear and green trousers to match the colours of the season.
New podcast episode with the American-Japanese bespoke shoemaker Seiji McCarthy who recently has done a revamp of his brand where he is merging classic American style with the precise, skilled Japanese craftsmanship. A talk about the revamping process, about finding oneself as a shoemaker, about his love for the relaxed elegance of traditional US style, and more.