The Shoe Snob Blog

November 24, 2014

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The Best Longwing….Ever…by Hiro Yanagimachi

Hiro Yanagimachi

So it’s my last day here in Singapore after having been gone for 2 weeks now. Luckily for me, I have a lovely midnight flight to put me into London at 5am, ouch! It’s been a great time here in Asia, but I am definitely ready to get home and start playing catch up! Both of my trunk shows went very well and it was a pleasure to have met all that came out. Singapore […]

November 21, 2014

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Saint Crispins New Double Monk: Not Yet Released!

Saint Crispins

What’s great about Saint Crispins is that they are always trying new things, on a regular basis. When I was in Romania looking at their model selection (post to come soon about my trip), I was amazed at how many different models that they had done before. It was literally in the 100′s, if not more. But I guess that when you make one-off shoes, that is the way it kind of has to be. […]

November 19, 2014

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Spectator Done Differently

Norman Vilalta Shoes

One thing that I love about Norman Vilalta’s shoes design is that he sometimes does things that are so different yet so familiar. I mean, they are quite uncommon in terms of modern day design but make me reminisce to what might have been common back in the pre-40′s shoes. Yet, while being different, they don’t jump out at you as if he was reinventing the wheel. It’s subtle, like this amazing derby spectator, which […]

November 17, 2014

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Maftei Vienna

Maftei shoes

While in Vienna a few months back, I had the pleasure of going to one of the Maftei shops and seeing the shoes for the first time in person. I was never quite sure about them from pictures. I always felt that something seemed off about them, but having seen them in person I was quite pleasantly surprised especially considering the cost of them which I believe is around €1100-€1300 (can’t remember exactly) for full […]

November 14, 2014

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Varied Colors by Paolo Scafora

Paolo Scafora Claymoors List2

Putting multiple colors in one shoe is never easy. Doing it well is even harder, particularly when there is more than 2 colors involved. Of course, with patina these days it seems not quite as magical especially as it is becoming more and more prevalent within the shoe industry. What I liked about this Paolo Scafora model is that the patina is so subtle that it almost looks unintentional as if it aged that way. […]

November 13, 2014

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Bespoke Berluti Saddle Loafers


As I said a few posts ago, the sweeping saddle loafer is making a comeback and this Berluti rendition is top of the line! It is no surprise however, as Berluti’s bespoke is among the top even if their RTW is not. I have seen a few of the bespoke numbers in my time and they were nothing shy of excellent in every sense of the word. Take it even a step further when you […]