The Shoe Snob Blog

June 26, 2019

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The Athleisure Movement – The Destruction of Elegance

Lulu Lemon has single-handedly destroyed the idea of elegance and replaced it with ‘comfort.’ As a business, I can’t knock them. They killed it, literally. They came in, selling the idea of comfort to women and then slowly crept over and took men with them. And did a good job at it. I have to tip my hat to the owner for making their dreams happen. Problem is, it has gotten so far that more […]

June 24, 2019

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Sons of Henrey – New Shoe Brand and on The Marketplace

There is a new company in the shoe industry and its name is Sons of Henrey. Like many companies of the modern day, Sons of Henrey sticks to the very classic models, offering a solid Spanish Made Goodyear construction coupled with leathers from the top European tanneries. What apparently sets them apart in this somewhat saturated market is the fact that they were co-founded by Michael James, a long time worker of English last making […]

June 21, 2019

Last Weekend of GMTO – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

Dear Supporters, It is the last weekend to grab one of our GMTO offerings so if you have been interested in one of these models, now is your time to grab one! Our Meadowbrook braided boot has completed the minimum order and is ready for purchase at the regular price of $495 / £430 (ex vat £358.33) Our Spokane quilted oxford in Black Calf just needs one more purchase to meet the minimum requirement, so […]

June 20, 2019

The Best Rain Weather Shoe – Brown Suede with Rubber Sole

It is a myth that suede is not good for rain. This statement is only true when your suede is not of good quality. So clearly the person that created this worldwide myth was wearing poor quality shoes because the reality of it is that suede is THE BEST option to wear on rainy days. Allow me to explain why: Good suede doesn’t leave an indication that has it rained. I.e. it doesn’t leave water […]

June 18, 2019

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What I’ve Learned – Life Version

  Here is the follow up to my first post, What I’ve Learned – Shoe’s Version, and while this post is a bit different than your usual shoe stuff, I thought that some of you might be interested to read the following. Existence is a constant state of learning. At least it should be because if we are not learning something daily, we are not really living. Life is our personal journey in which experience […]

June 17, 2019

Fit for a Prince! – Vass Alligator Monks with Patina

Patina is growing and growing quick and everywhere. And that is great! Regular people with day jobs are teaching themselves and therefore reviving their old shoes to look better. And more and more experts are popping out of the woodworks. One that has been on the scene for a while now but quickly making a grand name for himself is PJ Upadhyaya, who works Jaunty Flaneur of London. Here PJ teamed up with Ascot shoes […]

June 13, 2019

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Floral Prints by Ducal Firenze

Warning: Not for the faint of heart! I have always had a soft spot for floral prints. When I was younger, I used to buy floral print (subtle ones) shirts from Banana Republic, back when doing so was the cool thing to do (i.e circa 20 years ago). I also had a dark brown leather engraved floral print loafer from Donald Pliner. I loved these so much a bought a half size too small and […]

June 12, 2019

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Most Interesting Brands Today – The First 5

Altan Parisian shoemakers, Altan Bottier, have been coming out with some real interesting stuff lately. Their designs are uniquely bold. Their patinas are traditonally French and super cool. Their last shapes are sharp and elegant. And their Instagram account is filled daily with incredible shoe offerings that never cease to impress. Most notable, for me, are the wholecut oxfords that come in Calf, Patent and Suede, all in incredible patinas in any color you can […]

June 11, 2019

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Dandy Shoe Care – Great Gatsby Per Nobile Edition

My friend Alexander Nurulaeff, of Dandy Shoe Care, appears to really love the early 1900’s style as his Great Gatsby theme patina has been given life to a new pair of shoes. His first go-round at patina’ing this theme can be seen here. And now, he presents a new variation of the Great Gatsby on a pair of Per Nobile shoes, of Russia, which I actually find to be super cool. The subtle details of […]

June 10, 2019

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What I’ve Learned – Shoes

Back when I used to read magazines, I used to love this section that Esquire did called ‘What I’ve Learned.’ For me, it was one of the more interesting reads in the magazine as it was one that actually shared real knowledge. More often than not, it was a seasoned gentleman sharing his wisdom as let’s face it, the reality is that we get wiser as we get older. Whether or not I agreed with […]