The Shoe Snob Blog

October 31, 2014

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The Cordovan Loafer by Crockett & Jones

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I have never personally understood the huge, cult-like appeal to cordovan. I mean, it shines really nice, lasts really long and is durable, but I guess for the upcharge that you have to pay to get all of that, I have never really thought twice about it. The only shoe that I have every fancied to have in cordovan is the classic loafer, whether it be a penny or tassel version. While you can get […]

October 30, 2014

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Barbanera Blue!

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We all know that blue is my favorite color, I can hardly keep it a secret anymore which is why it’s obvious that I am attracted to such concoctions. What most might not realize about Barbarnera, is that while it would appear that they are a RTW type brand, I think that in reality they have built their company and reputation off of MTO shoes and stuff like this. Hopefully it will all change soon […]

October 28, 2014

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Closed Vs. Open Channel Sole Stitching

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There are many different treatments that one can give to a shoe’s sole, but what I want to focus on is the big obvious one, i.e. channel stitching. There are really only two ways to do it (in the modern world of RTW shoes), which is either open (showing) or closed (not showing). What you find as a general rule is that the lower end the brand, the more chances are that they will have […]

October 27, 2014

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Green is Good!

Gaziano & Girling Gable

I just stumbled upon this picture of the Gaziano & Girling ‘Gable’ model and could not help but be enamored with it. I was never that fond of the ‘Gable’ model in it’s stock color of dark brown and on G&G’s ever popular TG73 last (the chisel toe). However, after seeing it in this lovely shade of green on the DG70 last (my favorite one), I have now come to look at it in a […]

October 24, 2014

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Cloth Used in Shoes by Herring

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Using cloth in shoes is getting bigger and bigger these days and I personally, as always, am quite happy to see it. This pair, by Herring, worn by my good friend, Gui Bo (of Men Need More Style), is a perfect example of a brilliant execution. I have been so inspired these days that I have decided to do my own version too! (penny loafer though) However it probably wont be out for a year […]

October 23, 2014

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Bontoni Magic As Per Usual

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Don’t really have a lot of time here, but could not help but show you all this amazing shoe by Bontoni. They never cease to amaze me and ever more so is that even though you don’t find a lot of their pics online, when you do, they are almost always good ones!! Well done Bontoni! On another note, this trip to my factory (where I currently am, hence the rush) has been very productive […]

October 21, 2014

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Autumnal Feel feat. Crockett & Jones

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I just arrived in my factory town and have a quick 20 minutes to spare, so thought that I would knock out a quick post and show you all this lovely shot of some Crockett & Jones ‘Westbournes’ that have been given a nice little customized by patina by member Crat of Style Forum. It shows a very lovely patina job that I think makes it the nicest Crockett that I have ever seen and […]