The Shoe Snob Blog

February 12, 2016

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Kanpekina Button Boots

Kanpekina boots

I always look forward to seeing what Japanese brand, Kanpekina, is up to at each Pitti event. This year I saw heavy tweeds as usual but with grained leather bottoms, which is not so common but very intriguing. And as you can see, apparently polka dots in pony hair is the next big thing in Japan. I am not too crazy about it myself but I am sure that there is a customer for it. […]

February 11, 2016

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Ducal – The Florentine Secret

Ducal

I first discovered Ducal at the first Pitti that I ever went to and was incredibly impressed by what I saw and was surprised that I had never heard of them before. And while I still don’t know a ton about them I do know that they make incredible shoes with incredible design (my pictures really don’t do them any justice). They are based out of Tuscany and make shoes to every kind of standard […]

February 9, 2016

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Carlos Santos for Skoaktiebolaget

Carlos Santos

A lot of change is going on in the industry these days and I feel like there will be a huge revolution this year of smaller makers becoming more known and the giants that were previously powerhouses will soon start to have to fight for sales and they won’t come as easy as they have in the past. And part of it is thanks to stores like Skoaktiebolaget (and the like) who are out there […]

February 8, 2016

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New Models by Gaziano & Girling

Gaziano & Girling

In the past few years Gaziano & Girling have been really busy with the new shop of theirs in London, growing the brand on a global scale and thus not having time for a lot of design work, but I think that in 2016 you will start to see a lot of new stuff coming out. These 4 new shoes (2 of which are new models and 2 of which are new colorways to existing […]

February 5, 2016

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New Carmina Models & Last

Carmina shoes

  While at Pitti Uomo 89, I managed to stop by Carmina’s booth as I always do to see what kind of goodness they have been creating. And I must say that for Carmina fans across the world you will be pleased to know that they has been busy working on a new last and a lot of new models of which many you can see here.  Apparently the new last is called Buger (you can […]

February 4, 2016

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Barbanera – Nero is the New Black

Barbanera shoes

  There has been a long time push for the idea of wearing more shoes outside the monotonous shade of black, a push that was most definitely supported by myself. But this push had not so much to do with boycotting the color itself but rather to get people to realize that formality’s sake, one could venture out and wear brown, blue or various shades of burgundy when it came to their footwear. With that […]

February 2, 2016

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First Round of Dandy Shoe Care x J.FitzPatrick “David” Boot

J.FitzPatrick x Dandy Shoe Care

I have just received word from Alexander of Dandy Shoe Care that the first round of patinas are finished on our collaborative David boot model, which was a new boot for the J.FitzPatrick collection. He was kind enough to take pictures (as he is very good at doing) and shared them with me. As you can see the first round of patinas were quite bold ones but showed some great artistic capabilities by Alexander. And […]