The Shoe Snob Blog

September 17, 2014

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A Preview of My Time Spent in Milan! (Feat. Bestetti)

Bespoke Riccardo Bestetti

During my time in Milan, I basically did 4 things: 1. Went to Lineapelle to look at and source new leather/fabrics/cloth etc. for making shoes; 2. Went to the Ilcea tannery for a tour and to talk about using them in the near future; 3. A visit with the brothers behind Barbarnera and 4. Last but certainly not least, a long overdue visit to one of my favorite shoemakers, Mr. Riccardo Bestetti. It was a […]

September 16, 2014

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New Stuff in the Industry!

Beautiful patina by Septieme Largeur!!

It can be hard keeping on top of all of the┬ánew things that are coming out and events that are going on. At first this post was going to be about trunk shows but then I tried scouring the web for them and found that there are just way too many to list out. I would be copying and pasting like 10 pages of text. Just look at G&G’s trunk show schedule!! Way too much! […]

September 15, 2014

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Latest Dandy Shoe Care Patina’s for J.FitzPatrick

Dandy Shoe Care x J.FitzPatrick

Dear Readers, It’s probably been the busiest 6 weeks of my life and I am quite glad to say that it is now all over and I can finally have a bit of peace and quite before the holiday season. I just came back from Milan yesterday after attending the Lineapelle fair and am proud to say that it was a great trip full of productivity and new personal relationships developed. I have found some […]

September 9, 2014

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Designs Done Differently

Saint Crispins

I always admire when I see a shoemaker create a pattern that is classic yet definitely twisted (in a good way!). And what most people may not appreciate is the fact that it is really hard to do. Interesting ideas in your head don’t always look great in the flesh or sometimes can’t be executed properly due to the rules of pattern making or the complexities of lasting and fitting that leather over the last. […]

September 8, 2014

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Buying International Products Online

Paolo Scafora

Let me preface this post by saying that this is not directed at any one individual (nor at a group of them) and is not in defense to my own company’s practices. This is rather an attempt at educating those that are not fully aware of what to expect when purchasing international products online. This attempt is not only to help the consumer know what they are committing to before they do so as well […]

September 5, 2014

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Dandy Shoe Care Trunk Show at Skoaktiebolaget

Carmina shoes on offer

It would appear that as time goes on the idea of the patination of shoes becomes more and more prevalent within the shoe industry. Putting modern ideas on classic shoes is probably my absolute favorite concept as I love the designs of yesteryear but hate the idea of being stuck to the classic color offerings (i.e. black/brown/tan etc.). So seeing things like this always makes me happy as I feel that it is yet just […]

September 4, 2014

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Sutor Mantellassi at Pitti Uomo

Sutor Mantellassi Shoes

I have been quite ill these past few days and thus left myself a bit behind in emails, sending out shoes etc and of course this leaves me with limited time to write on the blog, as per usual. But I thought for those of you who are interested in braided footwear, would appreciate seeing what was on offer at the stand of Sutor Mantellassi at the last Pitti Uomo. Having been always curious about […]