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December 15, 2017

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry – Part 1

While the name of the blog has the word snob in it and I can be quite harsh at times, a lot of what I do is try to educate in the hopes to grow the industry and make consumers more thought conscious about their actions and decisions when it comes to footwear. I have helped a lot of people in my time, having worked for Nordstrom for 6 years on the shoe floor, with […]

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 […]

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 […]

March 14, 2017

How to Restore Your Suede Shoes – Video

Sometimes your suede shoes can get a bit rough looking, especially after one too many outings to the pub/restaurant/events etc. Without letting them get too far gone all you have to do to spruce them up is sacrifce about 5-10 mins of your spare time using household products to get them in top notch. This is not a major refurbishment video though but rather a quick sprucing up video, which if we all did after […]

March 9, 2017

How To Restore Your Creased Leather Shoes – Video Tutorial

A shoe is rarely beyond recovery unless you are the type to never use shoes trees, wears his shoes every day and doesn’t think polish is necessary. But for those that simply wear their shoes hard and every now and then find them in a quite a creased state, following these simply steps can help you at least get your shoes into a top form again. But beware, heating the leather can also have adverse […]

June 22, 2016

How To Create The Perfect Polish Cloth – Video

  Ever since doing my ‘How to Polish Your Shoes Properly‘ video, I have had numerous people ask me how to wrap the cloth around my finger the way that I do. I always thought it was quite trivial but apparently not. Saying that, when I first learned it took a couple of examples from the person who taught me before I finally got it. Therefore, I thought it was time that I actually make […]