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August 30, 2017

This Week’s Instagram Favorites

Instagram is literally one of the sole sources I now use for inspiration for the blog’s photos. That is how incredibly powerful it has become. Which is quite impressive, to say the least. Nearly every shoemaker in the world has an Instagram account and many of them use that as their sole inspiration of marketing. Although I wished they all had blogs, as no matter how convenient IG is, it doesn’t paint a story as […]

July 20, 2017

The New Bestetti Shoe

  I have been seeing this new Bestetti shoe all over the place, from Instagram, to Facebook to the web and thought to share it with all of you that haven’t yet seen it. It’s not for everyone due to its intricate detailing, that’s for sure, but hopefully many of you can appreciate it for it’s design (thought process and small details all around) which to me is very impressive. The Modern day ghillie is […]

Happy 4th of July!!

I know that this holiday is not for everyone out there but as I have not celebrated it in 7 years from being outside of the US, I felt it nice to simply give a small shout out to all of my fellow people who are enjoying this celebration no matter if you are American or just visiting. It’s a fun day no matter where you come from to see the fireworks and spend time […]

June 26, 2017

Something Different – A Chelsea With Brogueing by Riccardo Bestetti

It’s always fascinating to see shoe design that has never been done before, and I am quite sure this new chelsea boot by Riccardo Bestetti is a unique one for the industry. It certainly is not the first attempt at a brogued chelsea boot but the lines on it are different than anything I have seen before, and they also changed the shape of the gore which is not often done either. It was and […]

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 […]

April 25, 2017

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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 […]

January 30, 2017

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

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, […]

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, […]