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  1. A history of opera pumps/court shoes

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    May 22, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    Opera pumps (or court shoes) are the plainest formalwear shoes for men. Their archetype dates back to at least the …
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  2. American shoemaking in the 1930s Thom McAn factory

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    April 13, 2015 by Ville Raivio


  3. Daisuke Yamashita’s shoe journey

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    March 30, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    Daisuke Yamashita has a mission. He has travelled the world to meet as many artisans as possible, and documented his …
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  4. Made to order shoes from László Vass

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    March 12, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    László Vass is a Hungarian artisanal shoe workshop set up in Budapest in 1978. In his old interview with Keikari, …
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  5. Factory visit at St. Crispin’s

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    December 30, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Justin “The Shoe Snob” FitzPatrick visited the venerable Romanian miracle maker St. C. a while ago, and now a bounty …
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  6. Made to order boots from Gaziano&Girling

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    October 18, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    After four months of waiting, a parcel arrived from Kettering, bearing fine boons from the house of Gaziano&Girling. These made …
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  7. The Styleforum-Epaulet shell cordovan sneaker project

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    October 3, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    I don’t own sneakers but I’ve liked the pairs I’ve seen from Buttero. The trouble with them is that they …
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  8. How a shoe should break

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    September 24, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Nick Horween (of the Chicago, Illinois Horweens) has kindly explained the basics of shoe break and the factors effecting leather …
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  9. Rare Shoes for Men

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    September 21, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Rare Shoes for Men is a German purveyor of rare or rarefied vintage shoes and watches for men. I chanced …
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  10. Anatomy of a Bexley boot

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    August 29, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    France’s own Bexley manufactures shoes with a singular pricing. All pairs cost 139 euros in the company webstore, and a …
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