History

History – Heels

All traditionally constructed shoes have heels, although they are now relatively low on men’s shoes. However, this has not always been the case, but when heels were introduced on shoes it was only for men and high heels have been seen as the most masculine you can wear. Here’s a tour through the history of the heels.

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Shoegazing Podcast

Shoegazing Podcast – Ep. 8, Richard Utting, Loake

How do makers of classic shoes succeed internationally? What are the important success factors, and the pitfalls? How strong is the British shoe heritage around the world nowadays, and what do the growing competition from Spanish, Portugese and Asian-made welted shoes mean? These are some of the topics that Richard Utting, Export Manager at one of Englands largest makers of Goodyear welted shoes, Loake, talk about in episode 8 of the Shoegazing Podcast.

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The web tip

The web tip – Shoe Savante

Many shoe blogs have been started over the years, but unfortunately most are relatively short-lived. One who has been staying around for a couple of years now is Shoe Savante, written by shoe enthusiast Priscilla Leung. The blog deals with high and low in classic shoes with relatively personally written posts.

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Shoegazing Podcast

Shoegazing Podcast – Ep. 7, Christophe Corthay

In this episode of the Shoegazing Podcast the legendary French bespoke shoemaker Christophe Corthay talks about shoes and art. Hear him talk about when he left Maison Corthay, about how he thinks that the bespoke shoe world in general makes boring shoes, and how one of his targets with the new brand Tranchet Vif is to make shoes that people don’t want to wear.

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Picture special

Picture special – TLB Mallorca Artista penny loafers

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.

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