The Shoe Snob Blog

August 24, 2016

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Reader Question – Value of Quality??

Crockett & Jones – Clifford, Courtesy of Rugged Old Salt A reader recently asked me a question that I found to be quite pertinent to the interest of the average shoe purchaser who may not have unlimited funds. Please see question below: “I wanted to get your opinion on quality/worth since I am not knowledgeable to the same extent as someone in your position. I need a pair of black cap toe dress shoe and have […]

August 22, 2016

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No Matter How Much You Spend, Leather Is Not Invincible!

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I have been reading a bit lately on the forums and seeing how one brand (one of the best that is) in particular is taking a lot of flack for how one specific leather of theirs is marking quite easily (from what looks to me like rough wear) and customers being thoroughly disappointed with that and expecting not only full refunds but kicking up more than a fuss than necessary in my humble opinion. Now […]

August 19, 2016

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Best Crockett & Jones – Ever!

Crockett & Jones Westbourne from Style Forum

Sometimes a relatively simple shoe that might look good but be a bit flat in character can be uplifted a million times over with a bit of work in the polish and color department. I am actually working on a post about doing home made patina for beginners, a sequel to my very generic one that I did years ago. Don’t get your hopes up though as I probably won’t release it for a little […]

August 18, 2016

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The Art of Showing Sock

Gosling does it right! There is a very fine line, when wearing suits especially, to showing off too much sock (i.e. your trousers are too short) and not showing enough. I, myself, have battled with getting the perfect trouser length on every pair of trousers/jeans/pants that I own. But it’s a hard thing to do and if not done right, can leave you with too many breaks in your trousers or simply too much sock […]

August 17, 2016

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Mario Bemer – Reinventing the Wheel and Doing it Well!

Mario Bemer

Mario Bemer has been really pushing the boundary of design with his young collection and it is quite refreshing to see. Nearly every model he does has something that is distinctly his and rarely do you see anything something so common that it has been done before. And I am really rooting for him as my appreciation for his help and kindness during my time with Stefano Bemer will never be forgotten. What’s even better […]

August 16, 2016

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Tasselmate – The New & Only Way to Fix Your Tassels

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I was recently introduced to the concept of Tasselmate, a brilliant yet simple product that allows you to fix your mangy, curled up tassels in some very easy and quick steps. I never really thought about needing to have to do this as my first ever tassel loafer has just been acquired recently when I made myself of sample of my new Ravenna model. However, after wearing them a good amount of times, one of […]

August 15, 2016

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Grades Of Shoe Craftsmanship

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Bespoke shoes by Gaziano & Girling As I have stated before, there seems to be a whole lot of confusion as to how a shoe is made (whether by hand, machine or a bit of both), particularly due to the lack of knowledge from salesmen at retail stores, as well as the misrepresentation of words (such as ‘handmade’) printed on a shoe itself and/or the marketing of most brands. These two things, coupled with the […]