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February 16, 2018

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My Story — The 5 Year Plan…… Italy – Part 1

For those that have missed the first two parts to this, please see links below: 1. http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/02/my-story-the-early-years-the-foundation.html 2. http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/02/my-story-the-5-year-plan-the-first-two.html At Stefano’s bespoke workshop there were 3 makers, Masako (the head maker), Kumiko and Matteo. Then you had the RTW shop where Mario Bemer, Stefano’s brother, was based. This was a much bigger shop around the corner from Piazza Nerli. My first two weeks was working with Mario doing various odd job work. I remember thinking to myself, […]

February 15, 2018

Ramon Cuberta New 2018 RTW Collection

Ramon Cuberta has recently launched his new 2018 collection and although small, it packs a punch. With 4 shoes on offer to choose from, there is no room for error with whether or not you like something, at least for Ramon’s sake. But safe to say for him, while slightly bolder than your average oxford, the model with separate facing (as highlighted), coming in two shades of brown should be able to gain most people’s […]

February 13, 2018

Carmina’s Exotic Leather Loafers

Carmina has recently launched a new MTO product, being a series exotic leather Uetam loafers which I must confess are pretty cool. Unfortunately, this is not something ready made but at least they are on the table and ready to be ordered. And who knows, if enough of you order or ask for them to be RTW, they just might consider it. Either way, I loved the color options here with your blues and greens […]

February 12, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show – World Championship Shoe Shining Qualification

At the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, there we will host the World Championships in Shoe Shining, in collaboration with Saphir, where three finalists will have 20 minutes to polish a shoe as beautiful as possible. This competition is open for both amateurs and professionals, and now we open the qualification for the final, whereby you send in a picture of a well-polished pair of shoes for us to pick the qualifiers. The championship takes […]

February 9, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Brand Highlight #1 – Clematis Ginza

To preface this post with what is the London Super Trunk Show 2018, please CLICK HERE Clematis Ginza is the well-respected Japanese brand composed of shoemaker Keitaro Takano, together with the closer Chemi Chiba. What separates Takano from many of his European-Trained colleagues in the Japanese bespoke shoe industry is the fact that his background comes from training in a small Japanese bespoke shoe school that has long existed and thus makes his shoes to stand out […]

February 7, 2018

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My Story — The 5 Year Plan…..The First Two

  My father was an entrepreneur and a complete salesman. He could talk to anyone at any time about anything. But he didn’t believe in school, not the brick and mortar ones but rather the school of life and the ideology of ‘Just go out and do it’…….“Just go make it happen Justin, don’t make excuses,” he would often tell me. He dropped out of high school at 17, waited tables and bartended for 15 […]

February 5, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018   We are very happy to once again invite you to the world’s largest open event for classic shoes, the London Super Trunk Show, organized by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob. In the middle of London on Saturday, April 7 we gather more than 10 brands from all over the world, some interesting partners, and there will be the World Championships in Shoe Shining, and the first World Championships in […]

Norman Vilalta – New Handmade ‘1202 Heritage Collection’

It’s always great to see creativity at work and to see what people are coming up with, in this ever-changing world of shoes. One of the latest and greatest to arrive to the industry is Norman Vilalta’s new completely handmade shoe collection, the ‘1202 Heritage.’ Fusing his bespoke shoemaking background with a semi Ready Made product for you to buy at the drop of a dime is Norman’s latest idea to give people the best of […]

February 1, 2018

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My Story — The Early Years…..The Foundation

It’s a been a long time since I updated the story of my journey in the shoe industry so thought that I would get back onto that but do so much more in depth as I believe and hope that my story is interesting and can inspire many people. I hope that you all enjoy. This is the first post of many so stay tuned! -Justin Fundamentally, I believe that anyone can be anything that […]

January 30, 2018

Riccardo Bestetti – Crown Collection Launch – Paris & London!

For those of you in Paris and London, you shall be pleased to know that Riccardo Bestetti is set to launch their new Crown Collection this weekend. I haven’t been able to see/find what the exact details are of the Crown Collection (i.e. different type of construction and whatnot), but from the looks of the pictures, one thing that is easily noticed is the difference in design features that are far more unique than your […]