The Shoe Snob Blog

January 20, 2014

Written by , Posted in News, Patina Artists

Laszlo Vass Saddle Derbys

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Pictures Courtesy of En Grande Pompe

I was having a chat with my good friend Thomas Kalflo (patina artist for G&G) yesterday about how crocodile/alligator leather allows for an infinitely better patina due to the scales of the skin and the depth of shading that it thus allows. The problem though is that it is also infinitely harder and takes a very long time, 10 hours for a full pair. The reason being that you have to do it scale by scale (if you want to do it right).

You can see just how beautiful the patina was on this saddle shoe by Laszlo Vass. While it very well could be the angle of the picture, it would appear that they graded the color from dark (bottom of saddle) to light (top part of it). It’s quite a nice effect if it was indeed done like that. Either way the shoe is magnificent, even in it’s old form and it’s nice to see that a few people out there are ordering smart saddle shoes. I would love to see it become a model more typically offered…but somehow I am not convinced that it will.

On another note, I am sad to say that I have officially left Gieves & Hawkes and you will no longer find me there from now onwards. I have also left the shoe shine business behind to start focusing more on my shoe and accessory range. It’s a new era for me and it will soon start at Timothy Everest on Elder st. here in London. However it will probably be a few weeks before I am fully operational there so please bare with me while I complete my transition.


Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

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  • I hope that’s all good new for you my friend, but can you recommend an alternative shoe shine now? 🙂

    • Rolf

      All the best for your change of work priorities and location. – Rolf

      • TheShoeSnob

        Thanks Rolf, come visit when you get a chance

    • TheShoeSnob

      see post: The Go-To London Shoe Shiner….you don’t need one anyway!

  • Joakim Bergstrom

    First time poster, long time reader; good luck in your future endeavors and I hope to see your shoes in Sweden soon!

    • TheShoeSnob

      Thanks for sharing Joakim! Will be in Sweden May 9th/10th doing a trunk show at Skoaktiebolaget. I hope to see you there!

  • Adam Jones

    Good luck at Timothy’s. It will be a shame not to be able to pop in when I’m passing to see the new bits etc. but in a few months when my credit card allows more than browsing I’ll be in to see you

    • TheShoeSnob

      Thanks Adam!! Will look forward to your first visit at my new home

  • Nickyboy

    Moving into Jason Amesbury’s old home I see.

    • TheShoeSnob