The Shoe Snob Blog

July 6, 2015

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Sussex Shoe Shop – Odds and Ends at Great Value

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  One of the biggest problems of owning a factory or being a shoe brand is all of the leftover stock that never gets purchased, no matter how hard to you try to sell it. Ever wonder what happens to that stock? Well in my theory some of it gets sent to 2nd-3rd world country re-sellers, other to places like Blue Fly and then to your common eBay Sellers among other places. So, one guy […]

July 3, 2015

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Green Museum Calf – VASS

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  Green is good! Or was that “Greed is Good”? I don’t know, but same thing!! Hahaha! I am in a cheerful mood thanks to the sun finally showing itself across the planet (of Europe) and the endorphin’s are kicking in making me unusually optimistic despite not having reasons to be. Currently I am in Stockholm, Sweden having my trunk show at Skoaktiebolaget and was discussing with the boys here the prevalence of museum calf […]

July 2, 2015

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Corthay – Never a Bore With Their Eclectic Design

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    What I love about Corthay (and the French in general) is that they are always pushing the boundaries of design, at least in the shoe arena. I have said it before and I will say it again: it is hard to create something unique (yet still functional and attractive) in the shoe industry as nearly everything under the sun has been done at some point in history. But the French are truly good […]

July 1, 2015

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The Sharpest Chisel on the Block – Ramon Cuberta

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  Ramon Cuberta (bespoke shoemaker out of Barcelona) makes a sharp chisel toe. It just might be the sharpest that I have ever seen. There is no mistaking that line and it really gives off the idea of how chisel a chisel last can go. Part of this is creating a very sharp last on the corners of the toe box, but also doing a very good job of molding (hammering and sanding down) the leather toe […]

June 29, 2015

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Mason & Smith – Patina on the Rise

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  Patina is fast becoming the standard in footwear and it would appear that in 5 years time, everyone is going to be offering it in one form or another. One of the people who I think will become another “great” in the industry is John Chung of Mason & Smith, as you can see here from his lovely museum like patina given to these wholecuts. I am not quite sure if John is actually […]

June 26, 2015

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Burgundy Monks by Bonafe!

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I saw these burgundy monks, by Enzo Bonafe, the other day on Skoaktiebolaget’s social media feed (can’t remember which one) and was instantly impressed and proud. Proud because I feel like someone has been listening to my constant nagging of ‘more burgundy!!’ Maybe not though and they had it made on their own accord, but nevertheless, I was pleased to see such a beauty and bet that they are going to look great on the […]

June 24, 2015

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J.FitzPatrick Driving Loafers Now In!!

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  I have always preached that paying upwards of £250-£300 for a driving loafers was crazy and unjust by the company. There is no reason they should cost that much, especially without having a leather sole on them. Since then, it has been my quest to offer something that was as good as can be at the best price that could be. Of course, I had to knock out my main passion first, which were […]