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April 27, 2017

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Fugashin Saigon – Shoe Review

If you mentioned 10 years ago that the Vietnamese would be producing shoes as good as the British, people might have laughed at you. But in 2017 that outcome is very real and Fugashin shoes prove it. So let’s take a look at one and inspect the fine details that make that statement true in 2017. Fugashin (or the owner or someone who works there, never quite established that) was kind enough to gift me […]

December 19, 2016

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42 Royal Highland – Doing Things Different

  Japanese brand, 42nd Royal Highland, has really been impressing me as of lately. Firstly they appear to really love the saddle style, as I do, so I am quite biased for that reason. But most importantly, you can see that they are all about being different, going against the grain and mixing it up between classic and fun. And any brand that does it, is on my radar for greatness. The only problem, for […]

November 18, 2016

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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 […]

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 25, 2016

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Atelier Amareto – Mexican Bespoke Shoes

For years and years Mexico has had a thriving shoe culture (in terms of manufacturing) but it is not often a place one thinks of for high end shoes. More likely than not it being due to the fact that I think that many shoemakers from past generation used Mexican leathers (or South American) which is not really known for being among the best. On top of that, the last shapes were never really that […]

August 17, 2016

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Mario Bemer – Reinventing the Wheel and Doing it Well!

Mario Bemer has been really pushing the boundary of design with his young collection and it is quite refreshing to see. Nearly every model he does has something that is distinctly his and rarely do you see anything something so common that it has been done before. And I am really rooting for him as my appreciation for his help and kindness during my time with Stefano Bemer will never be forgotten. What’s even better […]

August 9, 2016

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What Makes A Shoe Attractive?

I have seen cheap shoes look good and expensive shoes look terrible. More often than not, it is not so much about the components of the shoe as much as it is the execution of the design. But the design is made up of much more than one may think. Now, the idea of attraction is quite subjective but then again I just don’t think that it really is when it comes to being on […]