The Shoe Snob Blog

July 25, 2014

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Barcelona + Norman Vilalta

Norman Vilalta

    Live from Barcelona and visiting the shop of Norman Vilalta, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek into the life of his work. I have always felt that we were kind of shoe brothers in the way that we share our history of our time in the shoe industry. Norman, like me, learned his craft in the workshop of Stefano Bemer in 2002-2003. I came 5 years later however and while […]

July 23, 2014

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Gatsby Gone Wild

Ivan Crivellaro shoes, photo courtesy of The Shoemaker World

There is no shortage of bold shoes in the world. Most of the time you don´t see them on people´s feet though. But when the sun is out, people start to get more bold. The Autumn is all about subdued colors and subtle pairings whereas the Summer is all about bold colors, strong contrasts and expression of one´s self. These shoes by Ivan Crivellaro, worn at the last Pitti Uomo, are definitely all about expression. […]

July 21, 2014

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The Carmina Boot

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It´s not really boot weather these days but I just can´t help myself in showing this Carmina boot as it is one of the coolest that I have seen in a while. Someone who shares the same passion as me for two tones (as well as the same color interests), made what is proving to be one of my favorites boot combinations this year. Done in navy calf and burgundy suede, this combination really presents […]

July 18, 2014

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Museum Sole by Il Quadrifoglio

Photos Courtesy of Style Forum

The concept of the “museum” characteristic is spreading and it’s now reached your soles, thanks to Il Quadrifoglio. This one of course, is bespoke, but I can bet you that someone (I have my money on Meermin) will start to do it for RTW shoes as well. As per usual, only time will tell. This is actually quite a cool version of it and makes me want to see what this would look like on […]

July 17, 2014

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Corthay Canvas Shoes for S/S2015

Corthay adelaide, pictures courtesy of Parisian Gentleman

I have always loved canvas as a material. The only thing that I do not love is how hard it is to clean when it gets dirty. White Chuck T’s (converse all star’s) are the ultimate no-no shoe for this very idea, but they always look cool. But as someone who hates a dirty/scuffy shoe, I could never allow myself to get a pair of those. This is where I am with these Corthay’s. Looking […]

July 16, 2014

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Santoni’s Goodyear Line

Santoni SF

I have a love/hate relationship with Santoni. I don’t really hate them, they are actually very nice people who treated me very kindly when I went to visit their factory some years back. But I do love what they can do, which is what they do least of i.e. their Goodyear welted line. They seriously have the potential to be one of the greatest factories in Italy, doing shoes that stack up against any John […]

July 15, 2014

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New Models Around the Globe

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I don’t know why I never did this before. I guess that I was just too busy thinking about finding the coolest shoes that I could, but obviously with the web at my fingertips, it was never difficult for me to gather what is new and share it with all of you. So here I am doing it now….better late than never, right?! Therefore allow me to share with you what I have gathered from […]