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What Is a Handmade Shoe?

I recently wrote a piece about lies in the industry and how the terms ‘handmade’ and no-middlemen and the like were tossed around like confetti and that they meant nothing as were both used incorrectly. Of course, you have people that love to be blind to reality and want to believe in pure bliss like denial that their factory made shoes are ‘handmade.’ That being, as I am on a quest to really educate the […]

October 11, 2017

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Nicholas Templeman Oxford with Fierceness

  Pulling off an aggressive line in a classic shoe is a hard thing to do. And when I say aggressive I don’t mean it in negative way but rather something as drastically different to what a classic shoe normally (and with strong standard) entails. The facing is done with very sharp and well thought out detailing. The harmonious point in which the curve of the facing parrallels with the wing cap is very subtle […]

Current Favorites from Instagram

  For inspiration of beautiful footwear, well outside of The Shoe Snob  ;-), Instagram is the place to go as nearly every brand in the world has an account and they are all trying to display their shoes on a constant basis in order to build their brand. I even feel that due to the growth of IG, blogs and what not probably take a hit in readership as everyone just likes to swipe now […]

The Shoe Snob Spring Cleaning – PRICE DROP!!!!

There are only two pairs left of those that I am selling and I have just price dropped them! Both only worn once and are handmade, bespoke footwear. The shoes go quick so don’t hesitate to snag them up before they go. But if you need to ask questions, please email me at justin@theshoesnob.com Thanks as always for your support! Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob” (shop at link below or in the menu bar of […]

May 17, 2017

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Gaziano & Girling New Jodhpur Boot Model

Gaziano & Girling never stop ceasing to impress with this new jodhpur boot model that they have launched a few weeks back. Unlike most jodhpur boots that share a very similar pattern, G&G really thought hard about making this one a step and above. First and foremost, you almost never see the seam go all the way to the joint of the foot. Lobb had one that went 3/4 of the arch placement but G&G […]

April 20, 2017

Gaziano & Girling Launches RTW Outlet in NYC

  Gaziano & Girling is launching a RTW stock presence in NYC early next week which is a huge step for them to gaining more traction in the US and probably one step closer to one day having their own shop in the Big Apple. But baby steps on that idea which is precisely why they have started with a showroom in the heart of the city whereby a constant presence of RTW can be […]

January 12, 2017

Blue Shoes Becoming The Norm

I recently went on Gaziano & Girling’s Instagram page and noticed that recently they have been commissioning a lot of blue shoes in their Made to Order program and it was quite interesting to note how many people are requesting them. I have said it in the past that many classic shoe companies have started to introduce colors into their RTW shoe collections that 10 years ago they would have spat at the idea and […]

No Two Brown Shoes Are Equal

The beauty of brown shoes or shades of brown leather is that even the exact pair of shoes can look different, not only through polishing but also through natural aging depending on not only the climate of the wearer but also the way they treat their shoes. While I have started to like black shoes a bit more as I get older, I still appreciate the various shades of browns/tans due to their ability to […]

September 20, 2016

Gaziano & Girling New ‘Savile’ Monkstrap

For those that may not know Gaziano & Girling have just recently celebrated their 10th anniversary and I couldn’t be happier for them. I still remember the day that I discovered them, like it was yesterday, in their first every bit of publicity in the US version of Robb Report. They have certainly come a long way since then and it has been well deserved. To celebrate their 10 years in business making beautiful shoes […]

July 14, 2016

The Cap Shine

  There is one simple thing that can make nearly any shoe look better and that is a cap shine. Something about having a shiny toe does a lot of justice to one’s appearance. It can even make a really crappy shoe look half-way decent. Yet, all too often you see shoes that looked like they haven’t seen polish since they left the factory as many guys buy their shoes, wear them to hell and […]