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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 […]

November 13, 2017

Lies in the Shoe Industry – Handmade, Middlemen, Top leather etc.

  ****brands in post pics are not culprits of what the topic discusses*** It’s amazing the amount of crap you read these days about handmade this, no middlemen that, the best leather in the world etc. I feel that automatically if you read that on a website or ad, you should simply not believe it, especially when the shoe is for only $200-$300. And it makes me fear for humanity’s intelligence when they actually believe […]

November 9, 2017

James Fox of Crockett & Jones – Interview

1.  What is your role at Crockett & Jones? And not just a title, what are you responsible for? I mainly focus on the hands on Marketing & Advertising… that sort of thing! We do print and digital production in-house, so it is one hell of a battle! It takes a big effort constantly creating content for the digital generation.   2.  How long have you worked at C&J? 8 years this coming spring.   […]

October 19, 2017

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Design Inspiration

Creating something truly unique in the world of footwear is a difficult thing to do. The old saying goes, ‘everything under the sun, has been done,’ and truth be told it is not far from accurate. This at least applies to wearable shoes that still maintain a manner of elegance. Truly horrible concoctions are easy to create, but then who would wear them? I often get asked about where my design inspiration comes from and […]

Dry Wax for Best Shine Results

  There are many tricks in shoe shining to help you get to the desired results of a high shine. And it helps to know these tricks as there is nothing worse than polishing for hours feeling like you have done nothing and still having a shoe with dull toes. And I am sure that many of you have been there, frustrated with no resolve. So let’s look at how not to ever be there […]

Mythbuster — Corrected Grain Leather is Always Bad

You have probably heard the term corrected grain leather before and many of you may or may not understand what that actually means. So let’s talk about it and see if we can shed some light on it. Corrected grain leather is any leather whose surface has been altered in some sort of way or another in order to give it a certain appearance, one that is not natural to the actual hide. But this […]

July 7, 2017

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The Shoe Snob Summer SALE!

Today we commence our bi-annual sale on The Shoe Snob accessories offering. Every single-product is discounted at 20% off. Bundled deals though are not further discounted especially as some of them are already saving you more than 20% as is, such as our all of our shoe tree bundles and Leather Belt Bundles With the heat wave that has hit Europe (among elsewhere in the world) our Egyptian Cotton socks are ideal for those that still have to dress up in […]

June 22, 2017

Crockett & Jones Archive Shoes

I once asked Tony Gaziano, of Gaziano & Girling, who he thought made the best shoes of all time and he told me Crockett & Jones circa the beginning of the 1900’s. Not to cut them down today, but shoemaking around that time was phenomenally different than what we see now days. I could go on all day on theories why that is, but I will save that debate for another post. More to the […]

June 19, 2017

A Guide To Wearing Belts

  Belts are one of those accessories that we really just need. Trousers off the shelf simply don’t fit perfectly, hardly ever. Therefore it’s not a choice unless you can afford bespoke everything and thus be able to affix side adjusters or brace loops (yet still needing another accessory to keep the trousers up!). And unless you are sticking to black calf or dark brown shoes, it is not always clear on what belt to […]

June 12, 2017

Shoe Art by Jon Leigh

  Art can be a beautiful thing. I mean, I not a huge fan of a lot of the stuff you see in modern museums and what not, but I love a good drawing/painting. Once again, thanks to Instagram, it is now easier to find good artists that without social media would have been hard to discover. Yet another reason that makes me love this app. When I discovered Jon Leigh (of London), I really […]