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Damn you Edward Green. Just when I think my weakness for upper-shoes has been cured, you come to me with that delicious pair of Canterbury and your famous chestnut calf ? Plus you know I can’t resist a sole like this. Oh and I’ve heard you can have them two-toned to look like the Great Gatsby ? Or rather like Nucky Thompson ? Don’t you dare draging me into you shop on boulevard Saint-Germain. 

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A few weeks ago, John and I realised that we had never introduced you to French shoe maker Septième Largeur although we both own pairs from them that we wear all the time. John first bought a pair of burgundy double-monks a few years ago and had me buy the same pair in black. Since then, this is the pair I’ve worn the most. Why ? To put it simple, we believe this is the best price/quality ratio we’ve found. The durable leather, the engraved soles, the classic shapes and elegant lasts all contribute to the success of Septième Largeur since it was created in 2009 by Marcos Fernandez (who happens to be the guy behind Bowen, Emling and Markowski… just sayin’ !). He personally cares about all the design and draws the shoes himself. Check out some photos I did in their Parisian store near Saint-Lazare. Check out their online store!! 

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These are incredible ! Low vamp, full strap split toe penny loafer from Polo Ralph Lauren in an incredible black croc. You can’t be half a gangster !! If someone finds a size 11, I’m all in !

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What about a velvety soft snuff suede and flex welt soles tassel loafers as a sick combo between Alden and Leffot ? The long wing shape adds a little and rare touch to an already perfect Hampton last from Alden. That’s a genuine upper-shoe ! No doubt we’ll be hitting the Leffot store when we fly to NYC this summer ! Until then, we cherish those pictures !

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It’s been a long time since we didn’t post any upper-shoes. Those Crockett and Jones Ghillie represent a wonderful mix of my beloved Ralph Lauren longwings and a pair of tassel loafers which is my possible next purchase. I just love their look, between a very classic oxford last and something closer to red-neck sandals. I love that they are rather rare too. That adds to their natural charm.

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Fortunately, the weather in Paris is still pretty sunny and I’m not to worried about my dress shoes options to go working. But it’s never too early to get prepared when it comes to upper-shoes. How do you think your leather soles will appreciate the heavy rain and the snow when they eventually arrive ? I just can’t think of anything more harmful to my shoes. Therefore, I start browsing some cool options for the extreme days to come. These urbanized  Lanvin mountain boots have the very advantage of being sober and rather classy so you can wear them with pleated wool pants like in the picture above withuot looking for someone going on vacation in the Alps. 

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The only thing that caught my attention during and ever since the Paris Fashion Night Out is this pair of Gucci loafers. Or slippers. I don’t know which category is appropriate. What I know is that they have that refined simplicity while keeping it totally hot. The tan leather is rich and profound and the metal hardware detailing remains surprisingly discrete. Still have no idea if I can find them so late in the summer but I’ll try the store Rue Montaigne in Paris. Definitely an upper-shoes labeled pair ! Mark my word when I tell you that the photos hereunder aren’t fair to the perfect line of the shoes. 

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Lastly, I’ve seen too much of strange square-toe shoes that looked like they had been used everyday for centenaries, meaning that their not-caring-at-all owners had only one pair of dress shoes. Should you have one pair of black shoes, there is only one option in that percise category : Church’s Consul on the 173 last. Black calfskin leather. A perfect shoe for business, or shined up for dress, you can’t go wrong with this flawless classic English oxford. I may pardon you if you were to pick Church’s Buckden oxfords as an alternative because I recognize they are perfectly made too.

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I don’t know what type of pathology it is but I am vulnerable to any pair of brown double monk strap shoes. I should consider consulting because otherwise, I’m going to possess only “dub monk” shoes and nothing else in my weekly rotation ! The other solution would be to force Ovadia & Sons not to produce such desirable shoes ! The Milford double monk strap is a difficult-to-resist dark brown piece of calfskin leather that are Goodyear welted with double leather sole and shoe bag included. The NY label has them hand-made in England. You can pre-order them for a 6/15 estimated shipping date. The only reason why I still haven’t ordered one pair is that I’d like to try them on before spending the justified price. Such a drama that they are shown only in their NY showroom !

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