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Buyer's guide

Buyer’s guide – Main d’Or

Eiji Murata, the man behind the brand Main d’Or, is one of the highest rated bespoke shoe makers in the world among people in industry, but still relatively unknown to most shoe interested people. Here’s a substantial buyer’s guide with an order of a pair of semi brogues as a base, where most of what you need to know about Main d’Or is included, among other things lots of pictures from the making.

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Buyer's guide, Guide, Hiro Yanagimachi, Shoe construction

Buyer’s guide – Hiro Yanagimachi

Hiro Yanagimachi is one of the pioneers of the new wave of Japanese bespoke shoemakers which established themselves in the last 15 years. He offers MTO, MTM/semi bespoke and full bespoke, and with a newly developed international last and planned visits to Europe and the US, he is one of the Japanese makers who is of the most interest for us over here. I give you a large buyer’s guide to the brand, with a pair of MTO split toe derbies that I ordered as a framework.

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Buyer's guide, Three outsiders

Buyer’s guide – Three outsiders nr. 11

Three outsiders is a series of posts highlighting less know brands (it has come to nr. 11 on the Swedish site and to align with that we start off at 11 here on the English version of Shoegazing). In this post about a Spanish newcomer in the lower price range for quality shoes, another Spaniard who has many years behind it but still is relatively unknown, and an American brand with a very Italian shoes made in Turkey.

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Buyer's guide, Carlos Santos, Midrange, Review

Review – Carlos Santos 7201 Braga Cognac

Portuguese Carlos Santos is a manufacturer which has buzzed a little under the surface for many years, but never really been established widely. Next Saturday they are visiting the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show in Stockholm, and to make you and myself a bit better informed of them, here is a review of a light brown Goodyear-welted 3-eyelet derby from their standard line.

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Buyer's guide, Cheaney, Review

Review – Cheaney Imperial Holyrood Bronzed Espresso

Cheaney is one of the major manufacturers in Northampton, England, and a few years ago they launched a new top line called Imperial, which feature oak bark tanned soles and a quite extreme fiddle waist. After some initial problems in the manufacturing, with very late deliveries as a result, they have now stabilized the work process of the Imperial line since some time back and it’s growing in popularity. Shoegazing have tested a pair.

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