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Guide, In-depth, Shoe construction

Guide – Toe shapes

How the toe is designed is perhaps the most important aesthetic part on a shoe. With its position at the front, it is the most visible, and much of how the rest of the shoes shape is perceived by the viewer is determined by the toe. Of course there are lots of different types of toe shapes, but this is an attempt to categorise and explain some traditionally used toe shapes,  and some overviewing categories. I also explained often misinterpreted expressions like chiseled.

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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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Event, Shoe construction

Competition – Winners and answers of find the difference

Time to present the correct answers to last week’s photo contest, where you should find the differences in construction and finish work between five pairs of pictures with shoes from various manufacturers. As expected, the competition was really hard, but we’ve got a winner of the shoe care package from Springyard Shoe Therapy with a value of over €1100, and a winner of the shoe cream and polish from the same brand.

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Competition, Shoe construction

Competition – Find the difference

Time for a really nerdy contest where you have a number of images where you will find construction details that differ between different shoes. The ones who has all or the highest number of correct answers and who has described things most correctly wins a really nice shoe care package with organic products from Springyard, and also all the contestants and those who sign up for the newsletter I will now start will be included in the lottery of a smaller kit from Springyard.

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