Today the British brand Gaziano & Girling introduced their new Optimum MTO range, it’s shoes made by their bespoke workshop to bespoke standards, but on their regular RTW lasts. The ambition is to make the absolute best craftsmanship available to more people. Shoegazing has had a look at a sample from the new range.
Using old deposited pantyhose from your girlfriend/wife to polish up the last shine on your shoes after they’ve had some coats of wax polish is a tried and tested method. What is less known is that the nylon stocking also is a brilliant tool for restoring shine and removing minor marks before use between polishing sessions.
Few can finish a sole edge as nicely as Eiji Murata of Main d’Or. His shoes are proof that the often used term “a handmade look” or similar, is basically just an excuse for not doing it as good as one could. Some thoughts on this in conjunction with this photo.
The fact that leather shoes stretch is something that most people learn when they are children. In what way and how much they stretch, however, is another matter, and not something for which there is a fixed formula. There are lots of different aspects that affect how much or how little a shoe stretches, here I go through some of them.
Hungarian brand Vass Shoes has had tough times during the pandemic, which has resulted in a number of different campaigns the past year. Now they run the second big sitewide sale, with discounts on up to 55% on all their hand welted, fully handmade shoes, meaning they start off from only €265 ($250 excl. VAT).
Lovable Brogue is a new blog about classic men’s shoes, which has offered a lot of readable content during its four months of existence, and hopefully will a continuing to do so for a long time going forward. The more good content on quality shoes, the merrier.
This week I bought a new pair of TLB Mallorca Artista shoes, a pair of reverse stitch toe derbys in dark brown hatch grain. A really great model, definitely worth it to share a bunch of pics of the goodies.
The British brand Church’s has raised their prices with approximately 40-50% across the board of their entire offerings. Over one night a pair of their Custom Grade Goodyear welted shoes went from to €570 to €830. In their newfound decision to enter a new segment they are likely to lose a lot of their existing customers.
TLB Mallorca continuously develop their offerings, and the today they introduced the brand new last Van Gogh to their Artista range, as well as a bunch of new models made on it. Some really great stuff here.
J. FitzPatrick Footwear are clearing out a number of models and have them on a 40-50% discount, making it possible for you to get your hands on these Spanish-made Goodyear welted shoes from only €150, which is quite a bargain.