Shoe Crush: Valentim by Armando Cabral

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I have a strong sense of what works for me and what I am happy with. I can’t quite explain it but I know when I have a product in the flesh that looks and feels right. Every so often though a product comes along that blows me away. Something that I was not necessarily looking for, but, that becomes an obsession. The latest is the Valentim, by model and designer Armando Cabral

Armando hated it when Kalaf outsmarted him.

Armando hated it when Kalaf outsmarted him.


But when Armano turned it up a notch... Ahh yeeeah!

But when Armano turned it up a notch… Ahh yeeeah!

You may recognise Armando from his many advertising campaigns, particularly J. Crew and GQ. The man himself hails from Lisbon, Portugal and has a real passion for quality, crafted products stemming from his mother’s influence as a tailor. And it shows in his collection. You also get the sense of travel with several shoes reflecting several influences from around the globe, all executed with Cabral’s own style.

Papel Buffalo Woven Shoe in Leather and Canvas

Papel Buffalo Woven Shoe in Leather and Canvas

Hula Calf Skin Leather Espadrille & Verela Calf Skin Leather Sandal

Hula Calf Skin Leather Espadrille & Verela Calf Skin Leather Sandal

Tombali Deer Leather Brogue and Caio Buffalo Leather Derby Shoe

Tombali Deer Leather Brogue and Caio Buffalo Leather Derby Shoe

Fernando Burnished Suede and Coated Twill Sneakers

Fernando Burnished Suede and Coated Twill Sneakers

High Shine Chelsea Boot

High Shine Chelsea Boot

High Shine Derby Shoe in Burgundy Leather

High Shine Derby Shoe in Burgundy Leather

The shoe that caught my eye was the Valentim. Available in a highly polished, burgundy leather and a slightly distressed brown suede this tasseled loafer oozes craftsmanship and style. The detail that particularly caught my eye was the contours of the toe cap. He has captured this just right in my opinion. Not too squared and rectangular and not to a clown-esque point either. This elevates the shoe immensely in the most subtle of ways. If that makes sense! Basically the discerning eye will recognise the quality, it won’t mash up your toes and it will suit both formal and casual attire with relative ease.

High Shine Burgundy Leather Valentim Shoe

High Shine Burgundy Leather Valentim Shoe

Distressed Suede Valentim Shoe

Distressed Suede Valentim Shoe

ArmCab AW13

Gorgeous Detailing And Craftsmanship

Gorgeous Detailing And Craftsmanship

ArmCab AW13

Already on his 5th collection and having expanded into a Womenswear line there seems to be no stopping Armando’s rise as a reputable shoe maker with an excellent eye for detail. Understandably nervous at his initial launch, the shoe line was snapped up by the likes of Dover Street Market and is now available at Mr Porter. Please don’t buy up all the size 7‘s. I’m saving hard for these!

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Style Edit: Fringe Tongue Shoe

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I appreciate a good shoe. For a good shoe can add a whole new dynamic to an outfit. a good shoe can define an outfit, becoming the focal piece or crowning glory.

A mans shoe definitely says a lot about a him. His style of shoe, the level of detail, the shape can all indicate their likes or dislikes, their attitude to fashion, their identity, all without saying a word.

In this post I put forward my shoe obsession of late: the fringe tongue shoe. Seen more on loafers and driving shoes in the past this is now a detail I have seen more frequently to add a new aesthetic to more traditional shoes and features on my current lust list in the form of Church’s Shanghai shoe.

Wooyoungmi x Alfred Sargent Fringe Detail Boot

Wooyoungmi x Alfred Sargent Fringe Detail Boot

Grenson Lawrence Fringe Shoes

Grenson Lawrence Fringe Shoes

Car Shoe Fringe Tongue Driving Shoe

Car Shoe Fringe Tongue Driving Shoe

Prada Multi Colour Saddle Shoe

Prada Multi Colour Saddle Shoe

My Beloved Church's Shanghai Shoe

My Beloved Church’s Shanghai Shoe

Barbanera Fringe Detail Shoe

Barbanera Fringe Detail Shoe

ASOS Monk Strap with Fringe Detail Shoe

ASOS Monk Strap with Fringe Detail Shoe

Roland Sturlini Suede Fringe Loafer

Roland Sturlini Suede Fringe Loafer

What do you think? Which is your favourite?

Denim on Denim Edit: Part One – Business

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I have been travelling the length and breadth of the UK for work over the past few weeks as part of a special project that I have been managing. Whilst I started out respectfully dressed, the novelty of crawling through dirty plant rooms in my best work gear whilst pretending the place was crawling with infrared alarm beams had worn thin. I decided to take it down a notch or three.

The closest I got to the beach

The closest I got to the beach

Unbeknownst to you guys I have been searching for a wardrobe staple denim jacket for around a year now. I toyed with an older style jacket but the fit, typically loose, was not right for me. I thought about getting it tailored but had to be sure about the wash. I wanted something light in colour and authentically faded. I scoured eBay for ages but nothing came up. It was only on a recent trip to Levis store in Canary Wharf that I stumbled on a dark, indigo rinse, slim fit jacket from their Commuter range. It was marked down to £80 from £120. The small offered the best fit but i decided I could hold off from an impulse buy. It paid off as I tried eBay when I got home and found the very same jacket for £40 BNWOT and BIN! Needless to say I snapped it up.

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I paired it up with some tapered Iggy slim fit jeans from AllSaints, a white linen shirt and paisley pocket square from Reiss and a green knitted I and boutonnière from US outfit, The Knottery.

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I love the contrast of the green with the blue of the denim. The silk really softens the denim too with shirt bringing the colours together nicely. The pocket square complimented the outfit well and the boutonnière added a hint of depth to it all. What do you think?

Excuse my expression! Lol

Excuse my expression! Lol