The Shoe Snob Blog

October 23, 2020

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Dedicate Your Shoes to Your Sports Team

Allen Trushkov of Cobbler’s Plus and Alberto Suastez of Patinaworksaz just made a very cool collaboration in which Allen added a custom sole with blue welt and yellow midsole and stitching and Alberto created the upper work, bringing to life a shoe dedicated to the University of Michigan Wolverines. I am not a huge sports fan since MJ left the game (as you recall my logo colors are red and black 😉 but know that […]

October 21, 2020

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Crockett & Jones A/W 2020 Collection – ‘Smart Casual’

The Crockett & Jones A/W 2020 collection is impressive, to say the least. It’s vast with an option for everyone and some pretty tasty new models, in particular the new strap boot, the Aldershot. So let us take a look at a collection that became very different from what they thought it would be prior to the world change, but had to take a turn into a new direction with all that is going on […]

October 19, 2020

Creative Loafer Design by Francis Waplinger

I have always loved the look of the Belgian style loafer design, but was never a huge fan of their traditional sole that was essentially built as a house slipper. Being a big loafer fan, in general, I was always waiting for someone to make that more mainstream in terms of a solid, dress shoe style that could be worn more ‘practically.’  And while I think that there have been a few brands that have […]

October 16, 2020

Shoe Review: TLB Mallorca ‘Artista’

For those that do not know, TLB Mallorca is one of the newer brands hailing from Spain but unlike the countless ones made by other factories, TLB is actually its own brand and factory. Started by Antonio Barceló, whose upbringing in the shoe industry started at a young age but blossomed as one of the owners of Yanko (another one of the great brands of Mallorca), before deciding to have a run at his very […]

October 15, 2020

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My Daily Wear’s

Always with the despire to inspire here I present some combinations that I have put together in the last few months. Some things to note: 1. My trousers always look shorter in photo than in real life. But I do like showing a bit of sock and as I wear my trousers/jeans tapered, they hike up a little. The best length, for me, is for your trouser to just kiss your shoes that way none […]

October 13, 2020

New Shoes on the Marketplace – Oct. 2020

There a lot of new shoes on The Marketplace since I last posted about this. In fact, shoes are going up regularly and it is hard to keep up with them all. As usual, I like to highlight some of the ones that catch my eye. Here is a small representation of some of the cool ones available, at great prices at that. The highlighted Allen Edmonds is pretty close to new for only over […]

October 12, 2020

How to Style Button Boots – Casually

  In the modern-day, it is not a rule that button boots have to be worn with a suit. Sure, in the Victorian and Edwardian times, they did not wear chinos, jeans, and the like but instead wore them with proper trousers, suits, and their garb of the era. But times have clearly changed since then. So have ideas on style, on ‘the rules’, and what is seen as acceptable versus not-acceptable. There is nothing like […]

October 9, 2020

Video Series – Rant – What is a Handmade Shoe?

   In order to further my content, I will be doing more videos as what it takes me to say in 15 mins would take me 4 hours to write and unfortunately, I no longer have the luxury of 4 hours to spare on the blog, like I once did. I hope that you enjoy this new style of content and please do stay tuned as I bring you more and more videos breaking […]

October 7, 2020

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Carmina Custom Weekend – NO MTO FEES!

Carmina’s “Custom Weekend” started today and what that means is that you can customize your Carmina shoes at the price of RTW. There are no MTO fees from today until the 12th. So now is your chance to start creating unique pieces that you have had on your mind. Carmina has started offering this twice a year and it is great to see what people come up with. Shown here is just a fraction of […]

October 5, 2020

Hancore x J.FitzPatrick – Patina Project 2020

Welcome to the Patina Project 2020. A collaboration between Greg Park, aka Hancore, a patina artist hailing out of NYC, and J.FitzPatrick Footwear, a footwear brand originated in London now hailing out of NYC as well. You can read more about this permanent collaboration here: https://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/pages/patina-service They have recently teamed up to create a more RTW style patina project offering, with 4 models available and several color options to choose from. The Stock is in […]