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Ricardo Bestetti’s Latest and Greatest!

We now live in a world with few words, thanks to the latest social media. So in honor of that, I will leave you with a bunch of pictures and little text. I hope that you all enjoy!   Justin, ‘The Shoe Snob’  

May 19, 2018

Suede with Patina by Altan Bottier

Altan Bottier is not the first to give suede a patina but I do particularly like their style of giving patina to a suede wholecut oxford. This kind of staining the trim of the shoe really gives it a unique look and makes them quite enticing for purchase. I particularly like the blue one, although that could be because blue is my favorite color. And it may sound silly but the lacing system that they choose […]

April 13, 2018

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Löf & Tung – New Swedish Shoe Brand on the Block!

Many of you will be familiar with the Swedish shoe shop, Skoaktiebolaget. Few of you might, however, be familiar with the history of the owners and how they came to be. Best friends from youth, Patrik Löf and Daniel Tung have been doing things for a long while as a team, a partnership. With a background (and another company) in IT but a liking for menswear, specifically shoes, they started their shoe adventure as agents […]

Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry – The List – The First Ten

There are many things that happen in the shoe world that make this snob a bit crazy when I see it occurring. Some of it I feel is done from lack of education so want to list these things here with future posts to go in detail on each one. Two of them, I have already written about so will start with those. Enjoy and if you find yourself doing these things, think about it! […]

December 7, 2017

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The Best Shoe Photography – Stefano Bemer

Good photography is a hard thing to master. It may not seem like it but there are so many elements to it that make a good ‘shoe’ picture. One might first assume that lighting and a good camera is everything but more important than those two things is the ability to accentuate the shape of the shoe as this is what really makes or break the photo and the beauty of the shoe. Because no […]

December 5, 2017

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Reverse Skin Stitch by Magnanni

Magnanni has some new shoes out that appear to be the best that I have yet to see coming from them. I mean, I still wished that they did GY welted shoes but hey, to each his own. While I have never been a personal fan of their fit and feel, I have always respected Magnanni as a brand. They are probably the most famous shoe company out of Spain (not something easy to do), […]

What Is a Handmade Shoe?

I recently wrote a piece about lies in the industry and how the terms ‘handmade’ and no-middlemen and the like were tossed around like confetti and that they meant nothing as were both used incorrectly. Of course, you have people that love to be blind to reality and want to believe in pure bliss like denial that their factory made shoes are ‘handmade.’ That being, as I am on a quest to really educate the […]

October 15, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – Tony II on Massdrop in 4 colorways

For those of you keen to Massdrop, you might be pleased to know that J.FitzPatrick Footwear has recently done a drop on their Tony II model with 4 colors in total (as seen here) and two being colorways not readily available on top of also offering F widths (being wide like EE/EEE), which would normally run you the MTO service price. The drop has been underway for 5 days and has two days left on […]

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 […]

July 24, 2017

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Unique Design Feature by Berluti

Now that I am in a new territory for content, I passed by Bergdorf Goodman the other day and had a look at their selection of shoes to see what was popular here in the US. The brand ambassador for Berluti happened to be there that day and we chatted quickly about their selection. He was a nice guy and showed me what they had in stock. I managed to notice this extremely unique wholecut […]