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Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry – The List – The First Ten

There are many things that happen in the shoe world that make this snob a bit crazy when I see it occurring. Some of it I feel is done from lack of education so want to list these things here with future posts to go in detail on each one. Two of them, I have already written about so will start with those. Enjoy and if you find yourself doing these things, think about it! […]

January 11, 2018

The Crompton by Gaziano & Girling

  Simon Crompton has been honored with an MTO model by Gaziano & Girling, giving him the name of the model that he essentially created through the bespoke program back in 2012. Simon has presented these many times on this blog and in doing so has apparently created a very sought after model for G&G customers that has subsequently been commissioned by numerous other bespoke clients. So much so that this has now been offered […]

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 […]

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 18, 2017

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The Shoe Cirlce by GGDecoMan

Making a good shoe circle image is not as easy as it looks. Getting the shoes to be nearly perfect in terms of distance and height/balance is challenging and if one shoe is off, it throws off the whole circle. This picture by GG-Deco-Man ( IG @ggdecoman ) is probably the best that I have seen not only for the way the the shoes were angled (as opposed to straight out) but also for the […]

July 6, 2017

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Mythbuster Part 1 – Leather Creasing Means Something is Wrong

Leather creases. Plain and simple. There is no such thing as crease free leather. Frankly the thought of people thinking that leather should not crease is just absurd. So many times have I heard people complaining about wrinkled leather and thus blaming either the leather or the maker for this reason. Well allow me to tell you that there are so many more factors that play into a shoe’s leather becoming prominently wrinkled, factors that […]

Current Favorites from Instagram

  For inspiration of beautiful footwear, well outside of The Shoe Snob  ;-), Instagram is the place to go as nearly every brand in the world has an account and they are all trying to display their shoes on a constant basis in order to build their brand. I even feel that due to the growth of IG, blogs and what not probably take a hit in readership as everyone just likes to swipe now […]

The Shoe Snob Spring Cleaning – PRICE DROP!!!!

There are only two pairs left of those that I am selling and I have just price dropped them! Both only worn once and are handmade, bespoke footwear. The shoes go quick so don’t hesitate to snag them up before they go. But if you need to ask questions, please email me at Thanks as always for your support! Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob” (shop at link below or in the menu bar of […]

May 23, 2017

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Breaking In Shoes – Your First 30 Days

JM Weston Triple Sole Brogue – Hard to Break In!!! When you think about buying shoes, most people probably think about getting the most comfortable thing that they can find, as when we are not sleeping, we are most likely on our feet. Now assuming that our feet were made for walking on earth (dirt, soil etc.), one would think that wearing stiff leather in comparison might not be the most sound idea, which is […]

May 17, 2017

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Gaziano & Girling New Jodhpur Boot Model

Gaziano & Girling never stop ceasing to impress with this new jodhpur boot model that they have launched a few weeks back. Unlike most jodhpur boots that share a very similar pattern, G&G really thought hard about making this one a step and above. First and foremost, you almost never see the seam go all the way to the joint of the foot. Lobb had one that went 3/4 of the arch placement but G&G […]