The Shoe Snob Blog

Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry – The List – The First Ten

There are many things that happen in the shoe world that make this snob a bit crazy when I see it occurring. Some of it I feel is done from lack of education so want to list these things here with future posts to go in detail on each one. Two of them, I have already written about so will start with those. Enjoy and if you find yourself doing these things, think about it!

  1. People scuffing their shoes and then blaming the leather/manufacturer or frankly anyone but themselves. READ MORE.
  2. People trying on proper dress shoes and not lacing them the way they should be, the shoes falling off their foot and then saying they are too big when they are actually the right size. READ MORE.
  3. People that insist on trying dress shoes for the first time with athletic socks thinking that it will be fine. And when they then go home and wear thin dress socks realize the shoes are way too big.
  4. People that think the Brannock device is the holy grail. Feet are 3D. The Brannock measures in 2D. It can’t paint the whole picture and width is not entirely accurate.
  5. People that can’t fathom taking a smaller size then “what they have always been”. Shoes and lasts differ. Get used to it
  6. People that call all oxfords ‘wingtips’
  7. Wearing off the shelf orthotics when they really aren’t needed but rather doing so because they ‘got sold’! And all they need is a well-made pair of dress shoes that fit properly. Fun fact to most Americans that fall into this category: Hardly anyone in Europe (or anywhere outside of the US) wears orthotics unless they truly have messed up feet.
  8. Thinking that Cedar shoe trees are the most superior. Another marketing gimmick. Don’t believe everything the salesman tells you
  9. Thinking that every shoe that comes out of Italy or England is well made and superior to everything else. There is shit is made in every country.
  10. People turning their nose up to Romanian made footwear due to the connotations that arise when people say ‘Romania’. That is pure ignorance.

Shoes below have nothing to do with post, just something to look at for those that only wish to see shoes

Button Boots by Enzo Bonafe

Ed Et All loafers with Dandy Shoe Care patina

Antonio Meccariello shoes

Dandy Shoe Care patina

Gaziano & Girling shoes