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A new Swedish based online store for welted shoes has seen the light of day – The Noble Shoe. Here they take over the baton from Skoaktiebolaget and sell mainly shoes from Portuguese Carlos Santos, and they also offer affordable Made to Measure in collaboration with Croatian Zeb Shoes.
Today the British premium brand Gaziano & Girling launched a brand new range: Classic. With more traditional last shapes and models and slightly less worked waists and other modifications, they step down a bit in price and open up for new customers.
Now it’s settled, the world’s largest free-trade agreement, which concerns 30 percent of world trade, between the EU and Japan. It will enter into force in two months, in February, and means that all customs duties are immediately removed on Japanese shoes sold in Europe, and stepped down the other way. Here I go through what it means for the shoe industry in each region.
Last year, the Swedish online store Skolyx launched its first own collection of Goodyear welted shoes in the budget segment, which consisted of a number of more dressy models. Now a new collection of more casual models is launched, which I intended to present closer here and also go more into how it was developed.
Tomorrow, October 25th, on the shoemaking saint Saint Crispin’s day, British bespoke shoemaker Foster & Son opens its new RTW factory, becoming the first new shoe factory in Northampton since 2006. This is part of increased international ambitions for its RTW shoes .
Earlier this week the Belgian-Spanish brand Sons of Henrey was launched, focusing on elegant classic Goodyear-welted shoes, offering a variety of interesting leather choices, mainly through coming Group MTOs.
The praised Japanese brand Miyagi Kogyo now gets its first retailer in Europe, when Norwegian Skomaker Dagestad (which of course has an online store) starts selling their shoes. Very well-made RTW at a good price.