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Riccardo Bestetti Archive

January 30, 2017

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Riccardo Bestetti Shoe Brand Lives On

Please enjoy this video of Bestetti shoes at Pitti Uomo #91. While I still need to get to know the new owner and the man responsible for carrying on the Bestetti legacy, here is a short blip to let you know that the brand lives on and in good form. Will soon be back with more information about the future of the brand. Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

October 21, 2016

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A Legend and Friend to Remember – Riccardo Bestetti

  With regret I must tell those that don’t already know that we sadly lost an incredible person this week. That person was Mr. Riccardo Bestetti, one of greatest shoemakers and minds the shoe industry has ever seen. He was only 49 years old and passed away this Monday. Whilst not knowing exactly how or why as he had just recently informed me that he was in the hospital for lung inflammation and respiratory problems, […]

September 29, 2016

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Things To Know About Shoes, Part 3: 21-30

Here is yet another post about Things to Know About Shoes. If you missed 1-20, you can find them HERE and HERE. I hope that you all enjoy! 21. Grained leather takes the rain best of all i.e. does not show the wear and tear as bad as calf. Suede is next (darker suede that is). Calfskin is actually the most sensitive out of the (main) leathers. So when it rains, wear suede or grained […]

August 14, 2016

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Suede Shoes – The Big Misconception

Why is it that so many men are afraid to buy suede shoes for fear of ruining them? Suede is just like any other leather. If you treat it well, it will last a long time, if you don’t maintain it, it will get ruined!! But it’s not guaranteed that if you live in a rainy place you are automatically going to ruin your suede shoes, as one might think. You would just as easily […]

May 11, 2016

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Riccardo Bestetti Cowboy Boots

I will start by saying that personally, I don’t like cowboy boots. But as a shoe lover in general and someone that likes the craft sides of things, I can really appreciate not only the art that goes into a pair of cowboy boots but also the immense craftsmanship that does too. And while you wouldn’t catch me dead in any of these boots, I really admire them for their beauty as works of art, […]

March 9, 2016

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A Very Elegant Chukka by Bestetti

  I really like chukka boots, but just realized that I only have one pair of them and don’t wear them often. I don’t know why that is but I need to change that! I saw this one here by Riccardo Bestetti and was quite fascinated with its beauty. Everything about it is very elegant and appealing. And I know that some have an issue with how long Bestetti’s lasts are but after looking at […]

December 7, 2015

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Texture and Great Photography by Bestetti

I really love this picture of one of Riccardo Bestetti’s bespoke samples. Everything about it is perfect, from the amount of lighting that highlights the textures of the shoe, to the placement of the angle of the shot that gives off the beauty of his craftsmanship to pretty much every detail that encompasses this shot. It’s hard to pinpoint really. But it is simply a great photo as it is one of the rare few […]