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August 16, 2017

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The Go-To London Shoe Shiner

For the last 3 years, I have been shining shoes in London to an artisanal type standard. That being, I provided a military-like shine that left the shoes looking like glass (or as much as they could be). And many of you were kind enough to be my loyal customers. However, it was always just my day job while I built my shoe & accessory ranges in the background. And like all people that start […]

January 3, 2017

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The Shine – Polish Patina Service

The world of patina is growing day by day and it would not surprise me if it soon becomes as popular as mirror shine shoe polishing (what I mean by that is that people at home will start giving it a try) as curiosity is ever expanding in the world of shoes and people are no longer content with just watching things on the internet. Now they want to try it too!! But until that […]

December 20, 2016

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Leather Is Not What You Think

The shoe industry is ever evolving. What was fact last year, is not this year and won’t be next year. What I mean by that (and this is something that I have mentioned before) is that one can no longer say, ‘the best this is from here and the best that is from there.’ These concepts no longer hold true. Sure, some of the best shoes come from England, but that no longer means that […]

December 8, 2016

Shine Your Heart Out! – L’art Du Glaçage

Some of the most impressive shines I have seen in recent times –again thankfully discovered due to Instagram– are by a young gentleman who works in Switzerland for Brogue Shoe Shop. His IG tag name is @lartduglacage and I promise if you follow you won’t be less than astonished by the gleaming shines he adorns some of the finest shoes in the world. And just look at the teaser that these three pictures are. Shines […]

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 […]

August 22, 2016

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No Matter How Much You Spend, Leather Is Not Invincible!

I have been reading a bit lately on the forums and seeing how one brand (one of the best that is) in particular is taking a lot of flack for how one specific leather of theirs is marking quite easily (from what looks to me like rough wear) and customers being thoroughly disappointed with that and expecting not only full refunds but kicking up more than a fuss than necessary in my humble opinion. Now […]

August 10, 2016

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Shoe Shining – Tips & Tricks

  I have written a formal post about how to polish your shoes properly but just recently realized that I have never shared the secrets to overcoming all of the obstacles of getting to be able to consistently polish one’s shoes to said standard. That being, allow me list out some of the tips and tricks that I have learned over the years, from all of my trial and error. Here goes: 1. Shining new […]

July 14, 2016

The Cap Shine

  There is one simple thing that can make nearly any shoe look better and that is a cap shine. Something about having a shiny toe does a lot of justice to one’s appearance. It can even make a really crappy shoe look half-way decent. Yet, all too often you see shoes that looked like they haven’t seen polish since they left the factory as many guys buy their shoes, wear them to hell and […]

June 22, 2016

How To Create The Perfect Polish Cloth – Video

  Ever since doing my ‘How to Polish Your Shoes Properly‘ video, I have had numerous people ask me how to wrap the cloth around my finger the way that I do. I always thought it was quite trivial but apparently not. Saying that, when I first learned it took a couple of examples from the person who taught me before I finally got it. Therefore, I thought it was time that I actually make […]

September 29, 2015

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The Shoe Snob Anniversary Sale!!

  The Shoe Snob (as a company) just recently turned 4 years old on Sept. 19th. It’s amazing to think that I (and my business partner) have actually had a company for 4 years and how far it has come. I remember our first order. It was for £600 and was nothing but wax polish. We told our suppliers, don’t worry we will grow and become very good customers. And thanks to all of you […]