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June 18, 2018

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Where Has The Shoe Industry Gone?

  Being one of the original shoe bloggers in the industry, I got to know a lot of people i.e. shop owners, brand owners, people in the shoe industry etc. And because of this, I get to hear a lot about what is going on, for everyone, which allows me to understand the industry better. The last few years have been interesting to say the least. A lot of ups and downs with the growth […]

June 1, 2018

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5 Signs Your Shoes Aren’t Worth What You Paid

There are probably more crap shoes in the world right now more than at any other point in history. And what’s even worse is that there are more people buying said crap shoes more than any other point in history too, keeping this sad trend alive. And I am not talking about cheaply made mass-produced Chinese stuff. I am talking about loads of brands claiming to be well made, ‘handmade’, ‘handcrafted’ etc and are peddling […]

GDPR Opt In – What’s It All About?

You have all probably been receiving a lot of emails lately with this EU ‘GDPR’ business and wondering what that might be? Well, allow me to explain in my limited capacity of what this whole debacle is all about. As the world of the internet is growing and at a rapid pace at that, you have probably started to see that we are constantly bombarded by the offering of things, like ads really. A huge […]

April 17, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 – A Final Report

Last weekend the second edition of the world’s largest open event for classic men’s shoe took place – the London Super Trunk Show 2018. An amazing day with more than 800 people from all over the world who came to have a closer look at all exhibitors and the World Championships in both shoe shining and shoemaking. Here’s a summary in text and about hundred pictures. The event, hosted by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob, […]

March 22, 2018

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Pet Peeves In The Shoe Industry Part 5 — The Size Guide

There is no such thing as a universal size guide. There is no such thing as always being a UK10 (unless you don’t care how your shoes fit and you only care about the #10). There is no such thing as concrete rules in shoe sizing. There is no such thing as an identical pair of shoes. Give up all these ideas that you ‘have to be something’ because you always have been or that […]

March 21, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – MAIN PARTNER: SAPHIR

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, please visit the following link: http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/02/london-super-trunk-show-2018.html   Saphir is one of the leading premium shoe care product manufacturers in the world. The French brand is owned by Avel Group, who in turn is owned by a larger group that also owns brands like Dasco, Terrago and La Cordonnerie Anglais under their branch. Well known for both the high quality of care and protection of the products, as well as […]

March 7, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Shoe Shining Qualifiers

  A Frenchman living in England, a Singaporean based in Japan, and a Brazilian who lives in Switzerland – these are the three finalists in the World Championships in Shoe Shining 2018. They will battle it out at the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, where they will have 20 minutes to polish up a shoe as nice as possible. The championship takes place during the London Super Trunk Show, hosted on Saturday, April […]

March 5, 2018

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Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry Part 4 – The Brannock Device

The Brannock device is NOT the Holy Grail of measurements. Sure it might give you length accurately, which for me is all that it is good for, but the rest of the measurements are so inaccurate that they should, in theory, be ignored. You see, the foot is a complex thing to try and ascertain someone’s size and a two-dimensional measurement doesn’t even come close to telling you not only what the person should be, […]

March 2, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Partner: Mes Chaussettes Rouges

A new partner to this years London Super Trunk Show 2018 is the extraordinary sock retailers, Mes Chaussettes Rouges from Paris. About 8 years ago two young French men, Jacques Tiberghien and Vincent Metzger started Mes Chaussettes Rouges, with the aim to develop the world’s finest socks’ shop. They now have an extremely impressive range of socks, every sock type and every color you can imagine, from brands like Mazarin, Bresciani, Gammarelli, Gallo, and others. […]