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Buying tip – Ace of Spades Shoes

For those fond of the charismatic spade sole look one normally would have to hunt for – often very expensive – vintage pieces from the first half of the 1900’s, or find a bespoke shoemaker who could do it properly. Until now, with the new brand Ace of Spades, offering Blake stitched or highly affordable hand welted vintage oozing spade sole shoes as MTO or MTM.

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Buying tip – Jim & Jun Shoemaker webstore

There’s a number of highly interesting Chinese quality shoe brands out there (more of that later this week), but most are quite inaccessible for international customers, with orders only through e-mail/Instagram etc. Now one of these, Jim & Jun Shoemaker, has launched a new website for international customers making it really easy to see and order their Goodyear welted and hand welted shoes as MTO or MTM.

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Buying tip – MADE 3D-bespoke

New technology is being used more and more also in the classic shoe sphere, that’s nothing new. Now the next step in this development is taken, with the (at least to my knowledge) first brand to offer a form of bespoke based service with a 3D scanning that customer makes of their feet with the help of their mobile phone. The brand is called MADE and the shoes are made in China, including test shoes they cost no more than about €335 ($380) with the Early Bird offer now available via Kickstarter.

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