The Shoe Snob Blog

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 […]

June 23, 2015

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Colored Grain by Norman Vilalta

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  I have a prediction that we are going to start seeing a lot more grain leathers being used, particularly in colors outside of the average black or brown. Norman Vilalta has done a great job at coming to market with this idea, and even better yet he has done so with a lovely patina finish to the them, which is extremely hard to do. Just ask any patina artist and I bet you that […]

June 22, 2015

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How Patina Can Change The Design – Septieme Largeur

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The beauty of patina’d shoes is that they possibilities of what you can have are only limited by the skill of the patina artist. The better the artist, the more chances you have at getting whatever your imagination can drum up. So many people tend to focus on color for a patina, but what about changing the look of the design? You can add lines on a patina that would make it appear as if […]

June 18, 2015

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Proper Belgian Loafers by Velasca

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  These are the best actual Belgian loafers that I have ever seen and that is because they have a proper sole to them. I was actually thinking of doing this one day too, but looks like Velasca beat me to it. Oh well! But well done on them as I think that this is the way they should really look. I am not quite so sure why I have such an aversion to paper […]