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Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

“Spring” Ahead — way ahead.

springPerhaps a tad premature, Shoeflyer’s got an inside scoop on next spring’s fashion trends. While some may say it’s too early to be thinking about fashion that far off, I think it’s our duty here at Shoeflyer to keep you informed and current on the latest developments in the world of shoes. Even though next spring is several months (and seasons) away, it’s never too early to begin preparing, especially in order to keep your eyes open for great deals during the off seasons. So, what exactly do we know?

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Thursday, February 5th, 2009

How Shoes are Made

Yesterday, I encouraged all thrifty fashionistas to visit the cobbler to make your favorite shoes last longer. Today, I’m going to take you inside the world of the cordwainer, or shoe maker. The world’s top shoe making school may be Cordwainers Technical College, now a part of the London College of Fashion. Alumni include Emma Hope, Patrick Cox, and Jimmy Choo. Cordwainers Technical College has been around for more than 100 years–long enough to see the transition from hand-made to manufactured shoes. Cordwainers worked in a specific area of London, which came to be known as the Cordwainers ward. The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers is the organization that still sets the standards for shoe making professionals.

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Twelve Days of Shoe Shopping #8: Maids/6-Pack

On the eighth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Eight maids a-milking…
While you might be open to having an extra hand (or sixteen) around the house, unless your maids can do more than just milk, they’re not much good. Do you even have a single cow? Didn’t think so. To keep eight maids busy, you’d need a small herd of healthy milkers. Plus, you probably wouldn’t even be able to drink the milk yourself unless you sent it to the plant to be pasteurized and homogenized. Our delicate modern stomachs just aren’t suited to digest the real thing, straight from the cow, even if it does have a richer flavor.

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Monday, December 8th, 2008

Twelve Days of Shoe Shopping #1: Pear Tree/Jone-ate

On the First Day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree
….Do such avian gifts generally come with a gift receipt? Because if my true love gave me such a present, I’d probably return or Craig’s List it by the next day. My true true love knows better. He knows the way to my heart is through my feet. Birds and trees are just fine, but new shoes are divine.

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