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May 9, 2017

The Shoe Snob Spring Cleaning – More Shoes for Sale

Lots of changes are happening in my life and one of them is moving back to the USA (this story will come in another, longer blog post). What that means ultimately is cutting down on my hoarding (clothes only) and selling the shoes that I almost never wear. So I have decided to part with many of my cherished pairs (having already sold around 30) and this is what is left of what is available […]

December 28, 2016

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Skoaktiebolaget Launches 2nd, Larger Shop in Stockholm

With the success that Swedish shoe shop Skoaktiebolaget has had in the short amount of time since they launched their flagship store in Stockholm, they have managed to set aside some finance and acquire a 2nd, larger shop to coincide with their flagship right there in the heart of their hometown. And on top of that, they have added a new brand to their line-up of high flying shoes. That new brand is none other […]

December 13, 2016

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Foster & Son: An Ode To Archaic Bespoke Shoes

I am a firm believer in the thought that technology, albeit amazing, has made society as a whole, a lot lazier. We don’t have to work nearly as hard (or at all in the case of some production) to create the same things that our forefathers did. And in many industries, this change in quality of production is very obvious. Let’s take the shoe industry for example. In my opinion, the quality of production has […]

December 7, 2016

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Vintage Balmoral Boots for Nikola Tesla

When you think you have seen something new, chances are it was already done back in the Victorian era. Most things that appear new are really only adaptations in the execution of the design. What I mean by that is, for example how the pattern is made. Take these boots that were made for Nikola Tesla and see how close the brogueing was to the eyelets, how high the boots went up, not to mention […]

September 26, 2016

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Saint Crispin’s Launches The Americas

With the vision of better serving the US market, Viennese brand Saint Crispin, has most recently launched a new branch of their company, titled ‘The Americas.’ As a truly customizable product that is quite unique in its abilities to get bespoke like features at non-bespoke prices, it is sometimes difficult to properly service a clients needs without face-to-face interaction. With the new Americas service, they hope to do just that by offering more private trunk […]

September 9, 2016

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Norman Vilalta – London Trunk Show Sept. 23rd-24th

Norman Vilalta, the bespoke shoemaker out of Barcelona who also has his own RTW line, is visiting London the weekend of the 23rd-24th of September to showcase his shoes and take orders for those of you inclined to support his brand. For those that don’t know Norman’s history is long in the shoe industry, training at Stefano Bemer about 12 years ago to starting his own bespoke workshop in Barcelona to just recently starting his […]

July 11, 2016

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Enzo Bonafe Brown Cordovan for Skoaktiebolaget

Skoaktiebolaget is doing some interesting stuff with Enzo Bonafe and this lovely brown cordovan. All too often you see Cordovan in the common burgundy/oxblood color, which is beautiful no doubt, but it is refreshing to see it in this lovely mid-brown shade that I think will take a lot of interest not only for it’s novelty but for how great it comes up. The wholecut model presented is already available but the other 3 are […]