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August 6, 2018

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Castez Ermili – Mexican Shoemaker

Mexican Shoemaker Castez Ermili has created something that I have yet to see and find it very intriguing, even more so, very beautiful! A cross breed between a balmoral and button boot, this hybrid boot gives the best of all worlds. Its feel is extremely Victorian, an era that I love for the elegance that was expressed in men’s attire, particularly in the footwear department. Boots were rampant and button and balmoral boots were the […]

July 18, 2018

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New Chinese Bespoke Shoemaker – Yim Shoemaker

I love an underdog story and all of these Chinese bespoke shoemakers for me represent just that. Due to the industry of cheap labor and products, China over the last 50 years has received such a bad wrap for making ‘cheap things’ to the point where people scoffed at anything Chinese made. Now, I can most certainly agree with being against child labor and underpaying your employees to the point where it is nearly slavery […]

Ricardo Bestetti’s Latest and Greatest!

We now live in a world with few words, thanks to the latest social media. So in honor of that, I will leave you with a bunch of pictures and little text. I hope that you all enjoy!   Justin, ‘The Shoe Snob’  

June 10, 2018

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Final Price Drop On Personal Shoes!!! — Shoes £100, Boots £125

For those of you around UK6.5 / US7.5 / EU40.5 , you will be pleased to know that I am putting the final price drop on my personal shoes that have seen minimal wear through the years but that I simply cannot justify to keep anymore due to a lack of space and relocation from London to NYC. The value you are getting on these shoes is 2nd to none as all come with a […]

May 30, 2018

Shoes of the Month – Bespoke Balmoral Oxfords by Enrile

I have been following Enrile (Antonio Enrile) for a few years now and have been impressed with his progression as a bespoke shoemaker, hailing out of Seville, Spain. His designs were always intriguing but at first, I was not crazy about the last shapes, all too often being very bulbous. But nonetheless, there was potential for greatness through the perseverance of trade and cool designs. Today, Enrile has shown me his best piece of work […]

May 1, 2018

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Francis Waplinger – The American Bespoke Shoemaker

While having no real proof of this next statement, I can confidently say that now more than ever is a time for aspiring shoemakers. And I believe that global communication i.e. the internet has been the key factor to making this phenomenon grow so vast in the last 10 years. You wouldn’t believe how many people have written me saying that they want to get into bespoke shoemaking and look to me for advice on […]

Maftei RTW for Shoes Fever

For those of you a fan of the Austro-Hungarian style of shoemaking you will be pleased to know that one shop in South Korea, named Shoes Fever, has started carrying Maftei Ready to Wear shoes. In a world of cell phones and laptops and free worldwide shipping (for companies that can afford to offer that), one no longer has to take a trip to Vienna to acquire a pair of shoes from the famous Austrian/Romanian […]

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 […]

February 19, 2018

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #2 — THE SABOT

The webshop The Sabot offer a wide variety of shoes that are very unique to their shop. Their own Private Label range made by Antonio Meccariello are Goodyear welted, have closed channeled soles and a slim bevelled waist, and overall very high attention to detail of the finish for a pair of shoes starting at about £434/€495 (4,800 SEK). They also have Antonio Meccariello’s own range, the Argentum Dux, made to a higher standard with a Goodyear technique […]

February 16, 2018

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My Story — The 5 Year Plan…… Italy – Part 1

For those that have missed the first two parts to this, please see links below: 1. http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/02/my-story-the-early-years-the-foundation.html 2. http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/02/my-story-the-5-year-plan-the-first-two.html At Stefano’s bespoke workshop there were 3 makers, Masako (the head maker), Kumiko and Matteo. Then you had the RTW shop where Mario Bemer, Stefano’s brother, was based. This was a much bigger shop around the corner from Piazza Nerli. My first two weeks was working with Mario doing various odd job work. I remember thinking to myself, […]