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June 30, 2014

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The Future of Patina – Bespoke Patina

  I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Mr. Landry Lacour of Bespoke Patina, last week for what proved to be a very interesting evening in fine food and captivating discussion. Landry happened to be in town (as he gives courses in Patina) and since we have been in contact for a few years now and have also met a few times, decided to have a catch up to see what was both […]

May 2, 2014

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The Patina – The Big Craze

The patina has definitely been the biggest trend in men’s footwear within the past few years. This trend, as big as it has gotten, I only feel is still just beginning. Let’s look at the history…… It was introduced to the world by none other than the likes of Berluti, back when they were a company pioneering many wonderfully new ideas. The first freelance patina artist was Hom Nguyen (who has later moved on to […]

April 8, 2014

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Septieme Largeur Saddle Shoe Patina

Some of you might remember that I was just in Paris for a quick business trip/tourist trap visit and of course, as always, I happened to pass by Septieme Largeur (who is on the way to the center from the station that the London train goes into, therefore no reason not ever to stop by!). Anyway, while there they were just finishing up this beautiful saddle shoe with a scotch grain saddle that they gave […]

February 5, 2014

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New Patinas by Septieme Largeur

Looks like Septieme Largeur have been busy these days with a lot of new patinas, not only new in quantity but what also looks like new in style. This kind of muddled rainbow like coloring is quite cool and unique. Quite possibly a bit tough to wear but beautiful nonetheless. However, in France the brighter the shoes the cooler you are, so it just might be the perfect scenario. Beautiful stuff indeed and it is […]

January 2, 2014

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Bespoke Berluti To Kick Off The New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR MY DEAR READERS!!! I hope that all of you had a great holiday season and that you are ready for a great 2014! I know that I am! To kick it off, I thought that I would share with you some beautiful bespoke Berluti’s that were commissioned by a dear blog reader. The first pair shown at the top, needless to say, is utterly brilliant (without exaggeration). Not only have I never […]

November 29, 2013

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Septieme Largeur Expand to Singapore

Every companys’ dream should be to find themselves expanding internationally in some fashion or another. That great day has come for Septieme Largeur and it takes place in the form of their very own shop in the heart of Singapore. Not only is this great news for the brand but also for the people of Singapore, as I have heard time and time again from my blog readers based there, that the selection of well […]

October 22, 2013

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Brogues to You Make Yearn!!

Too busy to really write a lot in this moment, but just noticed these bad boys by Septieme Largeur and nearly fainted. It´s probably one of the best patinas I have ever seen. Not necessarily in it´s complexity but in the way that it flows with the pattern. Simply brilliant. The only downfall to all of you men who read the site, is the fact that this model is strictly for women. But maybe if […]

September 25, 2013

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Clairvoy – Last of the Independent French Bespoke Shoemakers?

A name you probably have never heard of (except maybe the once that I wrote about them way back when) that makes spectacular shoes in the typically French flair fashion, is Clairvoy. Having made their mark in bespoke shoes,both men and women dating back to 1945, it was only until recently that they decided to embark upon a men’s RTW collection. Something new to my ears as I had thought that they were still strictly […]

July 17, 2013

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The Shoe Snob Jr Has Arrived (plus some shoes!)

Well my friends, the reason that I have had a long absence is due the fact that on Monday morning yours truly become a father to his first born child, little Mr. Shoe Snob Jr. As you can see he already has a pair of darby cap toes, with a nice heel counter and funky looking facing! On a serious note though, fatherhood is a true blessing and I am so glad to be finally […]

July 11, 2013

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Paulus Bolten – Flame On!!

You can always count on a patina artist to blow the socks off the crowd by creating a fire breathing shoe, and that is exactly what Paulus Bolten did just here in a recent collaboration with Ferrari (if I read the French script right). There are not too many color combinations more bold than red and yellow and while I hesitate to say that I myself would even rock these bad boys, I can certainly […]