Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

24th December 2012
Source: Thomas Kinkade, Victorian Memories Snow Globe Tree 
Seasons greetings my dear friends, the year 2012 is coming to an end. Can you believe this? The world did not end. We are now entering 2013 and not to forget the succulent sales season of Fall Winter 2012 has commenced on many websites, so as the extended sales on already discounted prices.
This year-end has been well for me; I have graduated and had received my official Bachelor degree scroll. Therefore I have decided to treat myself a nice gift, including one more for this Christmas.
I always wanted a pair of white sneakers to fill the gap of my current shoe collection. But so far I haven’t had any in mind except for the Giuseppe Zanotti Double Bracelet Leather and Suede Zipped High-Top Sneakers that I saw 2nd-Blog-Café had, I’m jealous. Not really complete in white, but I love the purple and red colour way, it is too perfect. However this was sold out much earlier during the early pre-order phase of Fall Winter 2012 collection on LUISA VIA ROMA. Therefore has resulted me to search on various retailers. Fortunately at Flannels Fashion in the UK has them in stock, and I had eventually bought one in a size 43.
Source: 2nd-Blog-Café, Giuseppe Zanotti A/W 2012-2013 “SNEAKERS”

The sneakers came in the mail today, I was excited. Nothing can match the feeling of opening up a parcel to find a fresh pair of shoes in it. I loved it instantly, but what surprises me is the size of those metal bracelets, or you may call them Velcro-bars. They look much bigger than in the photos, I tried them on and they fit really well. There are two side zips at the front and this gives relatively easy quick foot access, in or out. The back zip has no function; it is just a mere display of aesthetic to match the front design. I like it. I thought this would be another tough sneaker to get into, but I was wrong. This was my Christmas gift; I opened it too early, so I spoiled my own surprise. Oh well…
The second item that I bought was a blazer that I was looking for since Fall Winter 2011. This blazer is very special; you can’t find anything like it anymore since it was last produced. I have actually mentioned about this in a few posts that I was looking high and low for it ever since the day I tried it in Harrolds Melbourne. Well, after waiting for more than a year, I found it on eBay. Without any hesitation, I bought it, I know it was a good deal and I will never find it anywhere else in mint condition and a price tag less than 25% of its original retail price. It is the Balmain Fall Winter 2011 Military Blazer with Embroidered Cuffs. I will be receiving it by early January 2013. I can’t wait.
Source: Balmain Lookook Fall Winter 2011 via, Balmain Military Jacket via
How has your Christmas been? Have you been shopping much? Boxing day is coming soon and I know we are all excited, the massive discount sales continues at this year event. I will be away until the 29th, Merry Christmas once again and happy shopping.
The Giuseppe Zanotti Double Bracelet Suede and Leather High-Top Sneakers
Fall Winter 2012, Purple Red and Black on White
Source: Giuseppe Zanotti Design
SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Navy Velvet And Gold Sneakers Fall Winter 2012. High top velvet sneakers in navy with black patent leather contrasts. Round toe. Black lace up closure. Embroidered logo patch at padded tongue. Gold tone metal detail at velcro tabbed eyerow. Extended heel collar in metallic gold with exposed gold tone zipper closure. Gold tone exposed zipper detail at eyerow. Textured rubber foxing in black. Tone on tone stitching. Leather/textile upper, rubber sole. Made in Italy. BUY IT NOW

Giuseppe Zanotti Navy Velvet And Gold Sneakers
SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Black Leather London Sneakers. High-top textured leather sneakers in black. Silver tone hardware. Round toe. Tonal lace-up closure. Tonal logo patch at bellows tongue. Logo embossed curved metal bar with Velcro closure at shoe face. Exposed zip closures at shoe sides and heel. Dark silver leather insert at heel. Padded collar. White rubber sole with textured foxing at toe and logo detail at heel. Tone on tone stitching. Upper: 100% leather. Sole: 100% rubber Made in Italy.  BUY IT NOW

Giuseppe Zanotti Black Leather London Sneakers

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  • Anonymous

    I know this is off topic but do you know if luisaviaroma restocks their pre-order clothing after march 31? thanks in advance

    • They restock consistently, however this are only selected item. You should send them an email to ask whether would they be restocking a particular item that you are interested. Hope this helps, Merry Christmas!

  • Anonymous

    Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas all!!
    Congratulations for your exams Maurice;and nice play for the balmain jacket…
    It's always cool to wait a 3k+ purchase^^.
    i want to preorder the columbian-fit plane print tee, where is the best place to do that?
    Where can i preorder louboutin shoes?

    • MR PORTER, SSENSE or Farfetch may stock the Givenchy fighter plane tshirt soon. I will blog about it once it does, please keep a close look around January to March period.
      Only in Christian Louboutin stores you can put your name down on a waitlist. HOWEVER, Matches Fashion and Browns Fashion, these two websites sells Christian Louboutin online, you may ask them which shoes they will be carrying next coming season. They will tell you, and you will be able to pre-order them!

      Hope this helps!

  • Anonymous


    Thank you for all the info you provide on your blog. I was wondering if Zanotti sneakers for true to size? If I wear a 43 for Louboutin sneakers, should I buy a 43 for Zanotti?

    Thank you

    • Yes, it is true to size!

  • Anonymous

    thank you for your answer;
    SSENSE sells too expensive and not pre order…
    I just see the givenchy fighter plane exist in red too ( stars looks more 3d)
    Peace see ya

    • I like the red one too, was in LUISA VIA ROMA earlier, but sold out within an hour during pre-order of 1st day. This t-shirt is quite expensive, because it has metal star studs and complicated print. But will be worth having a look at.

    • Anonymous

      Yo Happy new year my friend!!
      for me red>green.
      do you think the red is oversized?i wanna buy both :)

    • Yes red is also oversize, looks really good. I love it!

  • Anonymous

    Hey Maurice, I love these multicolor GZ sneakers! Unfortunately, I found your blog a few months too late and all I could find are the women equivalent of the Men's at Do you think there is a big difference between men and women sizes? If I were to purchase a bigger women's size and convert it back to Mens, would it fit ok? Any clue?

    • don't buy the women's one, they fit smaller and design wise it not the same as the size has been shrunk to look more feminine. Try this instead

      White and Gold Plated sneakers.