The Shoe Snob Blog

May 22, 2015

Written by , Posted in Bespoke Makers, News, Other

Huang Niu – The Last Bespoke Maker out of China

Screenshot_2015-05-22-14-59-25

Great and well made shoes can come from anywhere and even though China gets a bad rap for making things that are cheap and of poor quality, that is not to say that everything that comes out of there is of the same caliber. For example, Huang Niu, better known on Instagram as @wanmenxiedao is among a dying breed of the true, handmade bespoke shoemakers that are left in China (of Chinese origin, Masaura Okuyama […]

May 21, 2015

Written by , Posted in News

Thorocraft Sneakers – For Grown Ups

Thorocraft

  The thing about me is that my love of shoes started from trainers. I used to have every Nike there ever was. At one point, I must have had about +30 Nikes, 7 or so Converse, 6 Vans, 5 Sperry boat shoes and a number of Adidas and Puma. Now, I have given about 95% of those away, stick with my Superga’s and a few things here and there for lazy Sunday’s. But I […]

May 18, 2015

Written by , Posted in News

New Bespoke On The Block – Nicholas Templeman

derby2

It is always interesting to see how a shoemaker will branch out from where they came and how their making will be different to that of the parent company (the one that taught them). The best example is Japanese shoemakers that come to Europe, learn in England or Italy and then go back to Japan and take what they learned, building upon it to make it even better. This is precisely what Nicholas TemplemanĀ seems to […]

May 16, 2015

Written by , Posted in Bespoke Makers, English, English, News, RTW Makers

New Deco Last by Gaziano & Girling (Among Other Things)

Deco last Gaziano & Girling

Gaziano & Girling have been busy this year creating new things for their brand, all of which are very cool. First it was their new bespoke concept, called the Molto Monk (see article here), which was the idea of having a removable strap on a monk shoe. It was quite unique to say the least and extremely beautiful as well. I wouldn’t mind a pair in both of their sample colorways!! But the big news […]

May 15, 2015

Written by , Posted in English, News, RTW Makers

Hero Shots by Skoaktiebolaget

tumblr_no0wgn1rZX1sur5auo1_1280

    I have always emphasized the importance of the “hero shot” when it comes to representing footwear. The problem with shoes is that their essence is very hard to capture in a photo, particularly in the standard white background packshot. Elegance, beauty and quality when it comes to shoes are things that really need to be seen in a natural environment and even more so, in person. The best one can do in photography […]

May 14, 2015

Written by , Posted in English, French, News, Patina Artists, RTW Makers

Lobb by Dandy Shoe Care

tumblr_nntfr8inqB1r6l76so3_1280

A bit of patina always adds to the character of a shoe. This John Lobb, albeit somewhat interesting before hand, looks so much better after Alexander (of Dandy Shoe Care) added a bit of life to it by touching up the red part with a bit of black blotching. Before it was almost a bit of reddish orange and while interesting (on a positive viewpoint) was also a bit garish. But adding a bit of […]

May 12, 2015

Written by , Posted in Italian, News, RTW Makers

Options by Barbanera

Barbanera gatsby2

I have always believed that the more options that you give someone to look at, the more likely they will be able to make a choice (on the rare occasion they get confused). That goes for a RTW stock or even showing samples for taking an MTO order. To be quite frank, from my experience, most men (not all, simply most) can’t picture something in their head and then choose it. More often than not, […]