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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 […]

November 15, 2016

Altan – Shoe Design Extraordinaire!

  I have a lot of time for shoe brands that are actually out there doing something different, and Altan Bottier is certainly one of them. It takes no skill to simply tell a factory to make a common cap toe oxford or your standard full brogue. They all have those common patterns stored in their computer. But it takes real skill to make something that no one else has ever done and it come […]

November 3, 2016

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Sartorial Trips – Trunk Show Votes

In a world with a lot of sartorial companies from the different industries i.e. shoes, clothing, suiting etc., it can be very challenging keeping up with the latest trunk shows in/around/or semi-near to your area. A couple people recently have made it easier for you to find out the whereabouts of your favorite shoemaker or bespoke suit maker by putting the information of many makers travels, all on one page/site. Those two people are Simon […]

October 19, 2016

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The Saddle Derby by Edward Green

My idea of shoe design is to take existing classics and add a small detail on them that separates them from the masses. Most brands don’t do this though, not nowadays. What I feel like is the trend of today is to make a classic models but do it cheaper than the next guy. This trend won’t last though as the market gets saturated with brands coming out capsule collections of cheap shoes, there will […]

September 27, 2016

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The Shoe Snob Looks for Part-Time Worker

Dear Readers, A while back, I asked all of you for donations in order to help hire someone that could relieve some pressures off of myself so that I could get back to working hard on the blog and continuing writing important posts that sometimes take me at least 4 hours to complete. Some of you donated to which I am eternally grateful and we raised a little bit of money that went to helping […]

May 6, 2016

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J.FitzPatrick Button Shoe — The Aurora — PRE-ORDER

They say that style is always revisited from time past. Well, I am unsure if they actually wore button shoes in the Victorian era but with the success of the button boot that they did wear, we couldn’t help but give it a go and try to bring back some more of that Victorian elegance to modern day society. While the button boot was all about contrast, I thought that we would switch it up […]

December 23, 2015

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Merry Christmas from The Shoe Snob

As we approach the end of my 5th year as a blogger having served up shoes on a weekly basis (as the lovely image depicts), I just want to say thank you to all of those that have supported me over the years. It really means a lot, specifically to those that have been there since day 1. So here is to another five years going strong and building the team because as my emails […]

August 17, 2015

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Christian Kimber – The New Collection

I always love watching the progression of someone who has a goal in mind and is trying to achieve that goal. Most probably like how many of you have watched me go from shoe shine boy to shoe company owner and blogger. And Christian Kimber is one of those people that I have enjoyed watching progress, not only for turning into a footwear designer but also for his role as a major player in the […]

March 25, 2015

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Pitti Uomo Pays Off

When you go to Pitti and are standing in the main bit where everybody is congregating, all you see are all the famous internet “Style Icons” and a load of photographers. There are so many pictures being taken that you never know where one of them could end up. I always make a joke that for all I know, me or one of my friends could be on some massive billboard in central Tokyo. While […]

December 4, 2014

Saint Crispins Factory Visit

It’s amazing how a brand can come onto the scene and explode within a matter of months, going from virtually being unknown (in the grand scheme of things) to becoming the talk of the industry. In a sense this happened to Saint Crispins a few years back. It’s not that they were “unknown” per se, but that the people that did know them were only a small fraction compared those that know them now. I […]