The Shoe Snob Blog

September 1, 2015

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Patina By Niklas Nordin

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Not everyone is born with the ability to become Michelangelo but I do believe that everyone is born with the ability to at least become proficient in most arts. The difference between all people are those that are willing to do what it takes to reach that proficiency and those that are not. Niklas Nordin is a perfect example of that. He is a regular guy with a regular job but just so happens to […]

August 31, 2015

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Masaru Okuyama To Visit Singapore

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  For those of you in Singapore who have never had the opportunity to see bespoke shoes by a Japanese shoemaker, now is your chance to do so as Masaru Okuyama will host a trunk show at Kevin Seah this Fri/Sat. Masaru’s shoemaking technique is quite unique for a Japanese shoemaker, in my humble opinion, and this is what I like about him. Although having learned from a Japanese maker, his style of making seems to have a […]

August 28, 2015

Gaziano & Girling Graffiti

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  I have always loved Graffiti. But I am not talking about amateur tagging or that rubbish you see splattered all over the place, by teenagers. I am talking about proper graffiti i.e. murals or tagging that actually takes skill, as real graffiti is an art and thus created by artists. Thomas Kalflo, who is the one that masterfully creates the patinas you see on G&G shoes, is also an artist that can draw anything […]

August 27, 2015

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Parisian Gentleman’s 2015/16 Shoe Review Part 1

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Every year Parisian Gentleman does a review/list of all of worthy makers of the world and a breakdown about what makes them who they are and their pricing. It is an amazingly extensive list that I can only praise them for taking the time to make. Must be a week’s worth of work in one grand (and informational) post (and this is only part 1!). As I don’t have the time for that these days, […]

August 24, 2015

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Boot Season is Coming Soon!

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    I realized recently that my collection of shoes was way more catered to the liking of A/W attire. I could say that I don’t know why, but then I think that I would be fooling myself as I know that I love lace boots more than most other styles of shoe. But a good loafer is a strong contender!! Therefore, I am always looking forward to the A/W season, not only for what […]

August 21, 2015

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Red Brogues by Dimitri Gomez Bottier

All pictures courtesy of Style Forum

I have always had a fascination with the idea of wearing red shoes. The problem is that it is very hard to do. I actually have a pair, of quite red ones (like cherry red), but yet they may see the light of day once a year, if not less. It’s not that I don’t like wearing them but in a city like London where one is constantly bombarded by people, judging ones at that, […]

August 20, 2015

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Details by Foster & Son

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  I always love looking at the archive shoes of Foster & Son, the ones that were made more than 50+ years ago and seeing how different they were in just about every aspect of shoemaking from the proportion of the lasts, to the fineness of the closing to the amounts of stitch per inch on the welt and last to the little details on the pattern that set them apart from the rest. Many […]