The Shoe Snob Blog

Monthly Archive: September 2016

September 30, 2016

Baudoin & Lange ‘Sagan’ Loafer Review

My friend Mr. Allan Baudoin has come a long way since being just a young computer science student from Paris to launching his own bespoke shoe label ‘Allan Baudoin’ and now going one step further by entering the RTW shoe game with his famous Belgian loafer, the ‘Sagan’ under the name of Baudoin & Lange. It’s great as well as I saw Allan a long time struggling to find his niche and figure out how […]

September 28, 2016

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The New iGent Shoe – Apron Toe Derby

It is very interesting to watch the internet and see how trends take form. I remember when the double monk was all the rage and everyone who wore dress shoes for work wanted to get a pair of double monks. I don’t know where it began and how it took form but once it did, it was like an uncontrollable virus that spread through all of the cracks and crannies of the menswear industry. But […]

September 27, 2016

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The Shoe Snob Looks for Part-Time Worker

Dear Readers, A while back, I asked all of you for donations in order to help hire someone that could relieve some pressures off of myself so that I could get back to working hard on the blog and continuing writing important posts that sometimes take me at least 4 hours to complete. Some of you donated to which I am eternally grateful and we raised a little bit of money that went to helping […]

September 26, 2016

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Saint Crispin’s Launches The Americas

With the vision of better serving the US market, Viennese brand Saint Crispin, has most recently launched a new branch of their company, titled ‘The Americas.’ As a truly customizable product that is quite unique in its abilities to get bespoke like features at non-bespoke prices, it is sometimes difficult to properly service a clients needs without face-to-face interaction. With the new Americas service, they hope to do just that by offering more private trunk […]

September 24, 2016

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Orban’s – The Brand To Watch Out For In 2016

For those that have yet to discover, there is a brand new shoe venture on the scene and their name is Orban’s. The company was founded and launched by the same man, Mr. Marcos Fernandez, that brought to the world the very famous brand Septieme Largeur. Wanting to offer well made shoes at an unbeatable entry level price, he decided to create Orban’s and thus attempt realize his vision of seeing more and more people […]

September 23, 2016

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J.FitzPatrick Madison Loafer Now 35% Off – Clearance Sale

As part of our 5 day celebration for our 5 year anniversary, we have decided to discount our J.FitzPatrick Madison loafers to 35% off their orignal price. That is roughly £204 per pair (£170 ex VAT) which is not a bad deal. Sizing is limited though as we are flushing these out to make way for lots of exciting things to come for S/S2016 so do act quick if this is something that you have […]

September 21, 2016

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The Business of Private Labeling

Re-posted from February 2014. There was recently a discussion on Facebook where one ‘in-the-menswear-industry’ individual quotes, “Interesting how all shoes produced in Spain look exactly alike with different private label brands. BOOOOOO it’s starting to bore me.” Naturally I was asked by someone else to make a comment, I am sure one reason just being that I am the author of this blog and thus people wanting my 2 cents and quite possibly the other […]

September 20, 2016

Gaziano & Girling New ‘Savile’ Monkstrap

For those that may not know Gaziano & Girling have just recently celebrated their 10th anniversary and I couldn’t be happier for them. I still remember the day that I discovered them, like it was yesterday, in their first every bit of publicity in the US version of Robb Report. They have certainly come a long way since then and it has been well deserved. To celebrate their 10 years in business making beautiful shoes […]

September 19, 2016

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Comparing Shoe Brands – Apples & Oranges

All Pictures are of Gaziano & Girling shoes (and have nothing to do with the post, just for looks) Not long ago I was able to peruse the internet in the hopes to see what was going on in the minds of others (in regards to shoes of course). There are a few forums that I scour through from time to time to read the gossip and get great pictures from. I happen to stumble across a […]

September 16, 2016

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The Shoe Snob 5 Year Anniversary

Five years ago, my business partner and I put our very first order of polish in, for £600. I remember our very first stickers for our tins of beeswax. They were blue, cost us nearly one British Pound a pop and were just terrible. It was a great first experience of trial and error. But that is the beauty of business: learning from your errors and not being afraid to make them. And considering the […]