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September 13, 2018

Diamond Cut Cap Toes by Enzo Bonafe for Skoaktiebolaget

A suede shoe is usually seen as your more casual option of footwear as the rough texture doesn’t lend itself to a shine or a sleek look like calfskin does. But for me it also matters the pattern of the shoe. This very sleek diamond cut cap toe adelaide by Enzo Bonafe for Skoaktiebolaget to me is very dressy looking. I would put this under any suit and think that the man wearing these is […]

August 23, 2018

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Bontoni – Single Monkstrap Done Differently

I have never been a huge fan of the traditional single monkstrap that sweeps across the instep, having a huge buckle and thick strap leather. It always reminded me of some shoe from Old England that Friar Tuck would have worn. Not to mention the way that it sweeps across from left to right (or vice versa) without any angle to it (think Churchs famous model). It always just looked really ugly to me. This […]

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’  

April 11, 2018

Bestetti Double Monk Done Differently

  The double monk came on the scene a few years back and hit it hard in popularity. The problem is that everyone did the same model and every brand’s version looked nearly identical. It was actually kind of funny how almost no one thought to do it differently until in reality, the popularity of the double monk fell off a bit. Now it is just a classic model that you either buy because you […]

March 19, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #7 — Paolo Scafora

  Paolo Scafora is based in Naples, Italy, and was founded by Gennaro Scafora, who named the company after his son. Today, Paolo Scafora runs the company with his name attached to it. Originally they had been known for a very Italian style of shoemaking, with very daring patinas, wide sole edges and a characteristically extreme square toe. In recent years, however, they have diversified their style, still distinctly Italian shoes, but with more classically styled last shapes and tighter […]

March 14, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #6 — Mario Bemer

To read more about The London Super Trunk Show 2018, this April 7th, please CLICK HERE Mario Bemer started working for his brother Stefano’s company back in 1999. When Stefano Bemer passed away 2012, Mario went on and started his own brand. With him from Bemer came bespoke shoemaker Seiji Miyagawa, they now have built up a small workshop in Florence with some additional staff, and have a business making both bespoke there and RTW/MTO at […]

December 21, 2017

Next Level Shoe Design – Riccardo Bestetti

Shoe design, while not terribly complicated, is not very easy when it comes to making something different, yet still elegant and wearable. I know that I have said it a million times, but it is just one of those things you have to say when you see something to terrifically different and cool. You see that a lot of thought when into this pattern, from the dips in each section of the shoe (cap, counter […]

December 7, 2017

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The Best Shoe Photography – Stefano Bemer

Good photography is a hard thing to master. It may not seem like it but there are so many elements to it that make a good ‘shoe’ picture. One might first assume that lighting and a good camera is everything but more important than those two things is the ability to accentuate the shape of the shoe as this is what really makes or break the photo and the beauty of the shoe. Because no […]

December 1, 2017

Calzoleria Carlino – New Bespoke Footwear on the Block!

Now more than ever is the ‘time of the bespoke shoemaker.’ With the help of shoemaking schools all around the world, the internet aka YouTube, shoemaking blogs, apprenticeships galore, it is a lot easier to find a way to learn the knowledge of shoemaking then it was even 10-20 years ago. Case in point is the young shoemaker Riccardo Carlino of Calzoleria Carlino who is only 24 and now has his own workshop and business, which to […]

August 28, 2017

More Burgundy Shoes = Progression

  Its always refreshing to see brands stocking a good pair of burgundy shoes. I am not talking about the safe color of oxblood or plum, I am talking about a bright and bold burgundy shade of leather. One that is on the verge of red rather than the opposite and darker spectrum of that shade. Burgundy is a captivating color that for me commands the eye and always leaves people in awe and admiration […]